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Nintendo Game Boy Color

alaTest has collected and analyzed 114 reviews of Nintendo Game Boy Color. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Game Consoles for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and game selection. The usability and portability also get good opinions, but there are some critical views about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Game Consoles the Nintendo Game Boy Color is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 user reviews of Nintendo Game Boy Color from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Game Consoles on Reviewers really like the game selection and size. The usability and portability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the reliability.

price, portability, usability, size, game selection


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Nintendo GameBoy Color - Light Purple ConsoleNintendo Blue Console (GBC)Nintendo GameBoy Color - Light Purple Console

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Julie Strietelmeier (

Gameboy Color Review


Clear/sharp color screen., Small size., Runs all previous Gameboy games., Clear/sharp color screen., Small size., Runs all previous Gameboy games.

Screen is not backlit. Must use in well lit area., Game isn't included with the unit., Screen is not backlit. Must use in well lit area., Game isn't included with the unit.

Jun, 1998

Consumer review by: HawgWyld (

Sure it's old news, but it's still pretty good


In 1998, Nintendo decided it was time for a major update to their trusty, black and white Gameboy. Believe it or not, a whopping 60 million of those little black and white units around the world were sold between the Gameboy's release in 1988 (in Japan...

Color; dirt cheap; tons of games to choose from

Short shelf life; no backlight; might as well get an advance

Mar, 2002

Consumer review by: patch3boys (

My Game Boy Kids- The Nintendo Game Boy Color


My Game Boy Kids- The Nintendo Game Boy Color

A cheaper more convenient video game unit for your children

They now have a updated version called the Game Boy Advance

Jun, 2001

Consumer review by: carygoings (

Play play play all day.


My two son's Trenton and Jordan got a game boy color for there birthday's.. They just love them..

Small...dose not take up the TV

Kinda hard to see the screen.Games can be pretty high in price

Mar, 2001

Consumer review by: AngelaBar (

Purple haze inside my brain


Gameboy Color was my daughter's reward for a perfect report card last year. Purple was the flavor of the month, and purple was the color that she wanted, along with Pokemon Blue game to accompany the Gameboy.

Miniature fun, minor headaches, major pleasure

Easy to lose that confuddled thang

Feb, 2001

Consumer review by: Andrew_Lim (

A Small Machine with a HUGE Following


The original monochrome Game Boy was produced by Nintendo and released in Japan in late 1988. It found it's way to the United States, subsequently winning many hearts there with it's compact form and the provision of a great variety of games from which...

Very portable, long battery life, great colour screen

Screen can't be seen in the dark, controls can be numbing to use

Jan, 2001

Consumer review by: missi31 (

Gameboy Color


This Christmas my girls got Gameboys. They have asked for these for about 5 months now.

fun, small can go anywhere

makes your eyes nuts, and bateries need to be replaced often

Jan, 2001

Consumer review by: Chewy3 (

Impressing for years; but how?


I bought the original Game Boy in 1990 for about $100 and with the hope that I could extend the reach from my Nintendo/Super Nintendo away from home. How can such ancient technology beat out all of its competition? Through the decade it has put up with...

Simplicity, cost, backward compatibility

Lack of new features

Sep, 2000

Consumer review by: saprswife (

The Nintendo Gameboy: A secret guilty pleasure exposed...


I remember the first Gameboys ? gray exterior, black and white screen, and quite a bit larger then their counterpart of today. Several children that I babysat had these magnificent hand held games, and I hate to admit that I loved the moment I got them...

Compact, wide variety of games

Cannot be used in low-lit areas without light accessory

May, 2000

Consumer review by: dmfokjf (

The Good And Bad of The Game Boy Color


Out with the old original game boy, and bring in the new. What is the new? Game Boy color. At around Christmas time I thought I should get a Game Boy Color, for trips I have to take to keep me company, when I'm tired of reading. So I picked this up for...


Cannot play in dark, without a light attaching

May, 2000

Product Specifications

With 52 brilliant colors simultaneously displayed on Game Boy Color's small portable screen, your games look better than ever! Full color portable gaming is an awesome advance, but Game Boy Color does more than improve the appearance of your games. Game Boy Color is twice as fast as the regular Game Boy, which allows programmers to crunch more data and produce more sophisticated games. For you, this means faster action, more advanced AI, and increased realism. But you don't have to go out and buy all new games to enjoy playing in color! You can play any of the 450 original Game Boy titles, and Game Boy Color will transform them to color from black and white! When you put a pre-existing Game Boy game into Game Boy Color, you will be able to choose from one of twelve default color palettes on the Game Boy Color start-up screen. New games designed specifically for Game Boy Color are sharper and even more vivid than colorized black and white games, with a full spectrum palette of more than 32, 000 colors. Game Boy Color is compatible with both the Game Boy Camera and the Game Boy Printer.

Audio Output

Sound Output Mode:Stereo


Run Time (Up To):13hour(s)

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Output Type:Color
Type:LCD display

Game Console

Color Support:Color
Form Factor:Handheld
Name:Nintendo Game Boy Color
Type:Handheld game system / Handheld game console


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nintendo Game Boy

Input Device

Type:4-way cross keypad




Type: None


Installed Size:256KB

Video Memory

Installed Size:16KB