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                                T E X T   F A Q
                         |  Version 1.3  |  1/07/00  |
    
    
    This FAQ was originally written by The Stinger
    (stinger2307@yahoo.com). He decided that FAQs
    weren't really his thing and turned the FAQ over
    to me. My special thanks goes to The Stinger for
    allowing me to use this FAQ.
    
    
    Originally Written By:
    Stinger
    stinger2307@yahoo.com
    
    Updated and Maintained By:
    Outkast
    outkast325@hotmail.com
    
    =======================
    Sections
    
    1. Intro
    2. FAQ
    A. What is Gameboy?
    B. What is Gameboy Color?
    C. What's the difference?
    D. Will old Gameboy games work on Gameboy Color?
    E. Will new GBC games work on my old GB?
    F. What are the specs of the GBC?
    G. When was it released?
    H. What games will come out for it?
    I. What does it look like?
    J. How much does it cost? How much do the games cost?
    K. What kind of link support does it have?
    L. Why is it so great?
    M. Where can I get it?
    N. Is there any other Gameboy Hardware?
    O. What games are good?
    P. Do you have a game list for me?
    Q. Any other resources?
    3. Credits
    4. Copyright Info
    =======================
    
    1/7/00
    Version 1.3
    No actual update or changes to the FAQ... I just changed my alias and
    e-mail address and replaced it everywhere in this FAQ. Please note that
    cripplerx@hotmail.com is no longer my e-mail address!
    
    Outkast
    outkast325@hotmail.com
    
    P.S. - If you want the reason for the name change, mail me and let me know
    and I'll tell you (this isn't the place to explain).
    
    7/20/99
    Version 1.2
    I updated all of the FAQ questions by adding more information
    to each. I also organized this FAQ a bit.
    
    7/11/99
    Version 1.1
    I added the intro section (below) with a message from Nintendo
    regarding the GBC.
    
    5/21/99
    Version 1.0
    Welcome to this all new Gameboy Color FAQ. I added all the
    questions, as well as the credits section and copyright
    info. This FAQ will be updated in the future.
    
    
    I hope this FAQ becomes helpful to you, and I hope this persuades
    you to go out and buy a Gameboy Color. Any comments/suggestions
    are accepted (my e-mail adress is at the top of the page). Please
    feel free to contribute anything you know. The latest version of
    this FAQ can only be found at:
    
    http://www.gamefaqs.com
    
    Thanks.
    
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    1. Intro
    --------------------
    
    A reader of this FAQ sent an e-mail to Nintendo about the GBC.
    Special thanks to Bob Londrack for sending this in to me. Here's
    what they had to say:
    
    >>
    Hi,
    I would like to take the time to compliment you on
    Nintendo 64 and Gameboy Color. I am the owner of both
    and I am extremely pleased with both of them. I have a
    few questions regarding the Gameboy Color that I hope
    you could answer:
    
    1) What does the Gameboy Color come with inside?
    2) How often will GBC games be coming out?
    3) What kind of upgrades will be made for the GBC (for
        example, Nintendo 64 has Game Shark, Gameboy has
        Gameboy Camera, Light boy, etc.)?
    
    Thank you for your time.
    Bob Londrack
    
    -----
    
    Hello Bob.
    
    I'm happy to hear that you have enjoyed playing our systems.  You asked
    what comes in the Game Boy Color. The system comes with an owners
    manual as well as additional literature when it is purchased.
    
    As far as new games and accessories for the system are concerned, we
    have a lot of games scheduled to be released in the coming months.
    When we get official release information on upcoming Game Boy games, we
    always post it to the Game Boy Game List on our web site:
    
    http://www.nintendo.com/gb/gamelist.html
    
    On this list, you'll find information on recently-released and upcoming
    Game Boy games and accessories.  Any posted release dates are estimates
    and subject to change.  When it gets close to a game's estimated
    release date, check with retailers to see when it will be available in
    your area.
    
    If a game is enhanced for the Game Boy Color, there will be a red "GBC"
    next to its name on the list.  Games with "GBC" next to their names on
    the list will work on all Game Boy units, and are enhanced when played
    on a Game Boy Color.
    
    If a game will only work on the Game Boy Color, there will be a red
    "GBC Only!" next to its name on the list.  These games do not work with
    older Game Boy units.
    
    You also asked about possible products for the Game Boy Color like the
    Game Shark.  I would like to pass along some important information
    about this accessory.
    
    The Game Shark is not licensed by Nintendo of America Inc.,  and as
    such, we don't support, endorse or recommend using the Game Shark.
    
    Unlicensed products may not work with all systems, they may have
    compatibility problems with certain games or accessories, and they
    could possibly damage the system or game.
    
    You can recognize licensed products by the Official Nintendo Seal of
    Quality on their packaging.  This seal ensures quality and
    compatibility.
    
    Thanks for the e-mail.  I hope you continue to enjoy your Nintendo
    systems.
    
    Nintendo of America Inc.
    M.B. Justice
    
    Nintendo's home page: http://www.nintendo.com/
    Power Line (Automated Product Info): (425) 885-7529
    <<
    
    So there you have it, straight from the mouths of Nintendo
    themselves. Ok then, let's get on with the FAQ............
    
    
    --------------------
    2. FAQ
    --------------------
    
    A FAQ is a frequently asked question. Pretty much, I answer the most
    commonly asked questions about GBC.
    --------------------
    
    A. WHAT IS GAMEBOY?
    
    -The Gameboy is the most popular, and in my opinion, the
    best portable system out there. It does better over Game
    Gear by far, as well as other top portables.
    
    Released in 1988 (Japan) and 1989 (USA), the system has
    sold over 60 million units worldwide in both Gameboy and
    Gameboy Pocket forms.
    
    It ran on 4 AA batteries for anywhere from 15-30 hours, and
    was based on the Z80 processor architecture.  The screen
    used 4 shade greyscale LCD.  The Pocket model,
    released in 1996, ran on 2 AAA batteries for 10 hours, with
    a higher contrast screen.
    
    
    B. WHAT IS GAMEBOY COLOR?
    
    -In early March, 1998 Nintendo decided to upgrade the
    Gameboy and allow it to play in full color.
    
    Basically, it is a Gameboy with a color screen
    provided by sharp, an 8 MHz Z80-esque Processor (also
    made by Sharp) with additional main memory as well as
    some other nifty features. Now you can play some of the
    most fun, addictive games in full color!
    
    The GBC was released Oct. 23, 1998 in Japan, Nov. 19 in
    the states, Nov. 23 In Europe and most other places.
    
    The GBC does support backwards compatability. This means
    that you can put your old Gameboy games into the GBC and
    play them perfectly. In fact, you can add color to the
    game! However, some new GBC games are being made only for
    the GBC, so I recommend just getting the Color version.
    
    C. WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
    
    -The Gameboy Color is a bit smaller, runs on only 2 AA
    batteries, and presents all of its games in terrific
    looking color. It is pretty much a revamp, or an upgrade
    to the original Gameboy.
    
    D. WILL OLD GAMEBOY GAMES WORK FOR GAMEBOY COLOR?
    
    -Yes indeed, any Gameboy game can be put into the GBC
    and can work fine. Also, you can turn the old Gameboy
    black and white pictures into color, by pressing Left-A
    at the Gameboy Color screen when you immediately turn the
    GBC on. However, the color on old games will not be as sharp
    on the GBC as new games will be, because only 7-10 colors
    are used.
    
    We refer to this as "backwards compatability."
    
    E. WILL NEW GBC GAMES WORK ON MY OLD GB?
    
    -Yes. And no. The early released GBC games will work
    on the standard GB, but games are beginning to be made
    for the GBC only now.
    
    F. WHAT ARE THE SPECS OF THE GBC?
    
    -I E-mailed Nintendo.com to ask them. Here's the response:
    
    "Processor:  8 MHz Z80 work alike by Sharp with TWO
    processor modes: Single (4MHz) and double (8MHz).
    
    Video:  10, 32, or 56 on screen colors from a palette of
    32000, Screen made by Sharp
    
    Sound:  4 Channel FM stereo- same as pocket
    
    Controls:  8 directional D-Pad, A,B, select, and Start
    buttons.
    
    Power:  13 hours on average from 2 AA batteries, or
    power from AC adapter.
    
    Size:  Similar to the gameboy Pocket.  (Slightly larger),
    slightly smaller than the GB Light released in Japan
    
    Resolution: 160x144x56 colors- Other higher-color
    modes are available using tweaking.  The largest I've seen
    uses the entire GBC palette (32K color) at a lower
    resolution.
    
    Sprites: 40 - 8x16, 8x8 (four color sprites-4 colors- 1 being
    a transparent)
    
    Tiles:  512 on screen making use of the 16K of VRAM
    
    Cart Size:   256KBit - 16MBit for GB compatible games.
    Up to 64MBit ROM & 128KBytes RAM for CGB cartridges,
    although 32Mbit ROM / 64K RAM carts are the largest
    currently manufactured.
    
    DMA:   Two new DMA transfer modes. Transfer is
    constant regardless of CPU speed. New modes allow
    tranferring anything from ROM or RAM to VRAM at a rate of
    16 bytes per H-Blank.  This is necessary because of the
    color display requirements, and provides for faster,
    smoother animation.
    
    Serial port speed:  512 Kbps."
    
    G. WHEN WAS IT RELEASED?
    
    -The GBC was released Oct. 23, 1998 in Japan, Nov. 19 in
    the USA, and Nov. 23 In Europe and most other places.
    
    H. WHAT GAMES WILL COME OUT FOR IT?
    
    -As the GBC grows in popularity, lots of games will be
    coming out. In fact, Nintendo has taken old games from
    the original Nintendo in 1985, slapped on a few upgrades,
    and release it for the GBC. A full and detailed list of
    games recently released, and games to come out in the
    future can be found at Nintendo's GBC Game List:
    
    http://www.nintendo.com/gb/gamelist.html
    
    I. WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
    
    -There are now several different colors and appearances
    for the GBC. They can all be found at the URL at the bottom
    of my answer.
    
    Colors:
    
    Teal
    Yellow (aka Dandelion)
    Pink (aka Beri)
    Bright Green (aka Kiwi)
    Grape (aka Purple)
    Atomic Purple (See through..... Same as N64's atomic purple controller).
    
    Pictures of each GBC can be found at:
    http://www.nintendo.com/gb/gb_color/newcases.html
    
    - Oh, and here's a pic of the new special edition Pokemon GBC:
    
    http://www.nintendojo.com/gbcdojo/images/pokegbc1.jpg
    Thanks to Nintendojo (http://www.nintendojo.com) for that pic.
    
    Here's the info on the new Pokemon GBC...... It's a limited edition
    yellow and blue GBC; has no gameplay differences, just a different
    appearance. It hits stores on October 25, 1999, and the estimated
    price is $110. It's a must have for any big Pokemon fan.
    
    J. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? HOW MUCH DO THE GAMES COST?
    
    -When it first came out, the GBC was $79.99. Now it goes for
    about $69.99. (That's what I got mine for). The games cost
    $29.99. Definetely worth it, especially if you're used to
    spending $150 for an N64, or $50 for a PSX game.
    
    K. WHAT KIND OF LINK SUPPORT DOES IT HAVE?
    
    -GBC has what is called "A Link Cable" which hooks up to
    two seperate GBC's and allows you to play with friends.
    It is expected to do well, especially considering the
    booming success it had with Pokemon.
    
    Also, GBC is expected to some day be able to hook up into
    an N64 controller! Unfortunately, I don't have lots of info
    on that matter yet.
    
    L. WHY IS IT SO GREAT?
    
    -Finally, you can play portable games in full color without
    bad picture. Also, it only requires 2 batteries, most games
    save well, and it contains other great features such as the
    link cable. So when you're going on vacation and driving in
    the car for 8 hours, grab your GBC and have a blast.
    
    M. WHERE CAN I GET IT?
    
    -Any electronics store or store that sells video games will
    carry it. Toys 'r Us, Electronics Boutique, and Wal Mart are
    a few stores that will have it, just to name a few.
    
    N. IS THERE ANY OTHER GAMEBOY HARDWARE?
    
    Oh yeah... Here is some of the extra hardware you can use with
    your GBC, or just Gameboy hardware in general.
    
    a) The Gameboy Pocket - It was released in 1996 with better screen
        graphics and it was smaller. It's better for carrying around in
        your pocket all day long.
    b) The Gameboy Light - Same as a regular Gameboy, only it has a
        green light up screen that makes it playable in the dark.
    c) Gameboy Camera - Made for the GBC, it allows you to take snap
        shots of certain games and actually print them out.
    d) Game Genie / Game Shark - Both sources of Game cheats work on
        the GBC.
    
    O. WHAT GAMES ARE GOOD?
    
    -Well, this is an opinion question, so here's some popular
    games just to name a few:
    
    Pokemon
    Has grown into one of the most popular games for any system.
    >From the game, there is a Pokemon cartoon, Pokemon trading
    cards, and more Pokemon games to come out. It has truly turned
    into an obsession.
    
    Zelda DX
    Great game...... Challenging 8 dungeons as well as other games
    to play, a memory that saves, and great all around picture. It's
    an upgrade to the original Zelda GB game, "Link's Awakening." (Same
    title with DX on the end).
    
    Mario Bros. Deluxe
    This game is brilliant. It allows you to play the original Nintendo
    Mario game from 1985, as well as allow all new fun games, and
    save up to 3 files.
    
    TETRIS DX
    Another brilliant upgrade, this presents the original 1987 gameboy
    game Tetris in stunning color.
    
    NOTE: The DX in games stands for "deluxe" meaning advanced for the GBC.
    
    P. DO YOU HAVE A GAME LIST FOR ME?
    
    -No. This is a FAQ. However, I do know where the best game list
    is found...........
    
    http://www.nintendo.com/gb/gamelist.html
    
    Great place, as it includes reviews of games that have already
    been released, and previews for games soon to come out.
    
    Q. ANY OTHER RESOURCES?
    
    http://www.nintendo.com/gb/gb_color/index.html
    Nintendo's Gameboy Color site.
    
    http://www.gamefaqs.com/portable/gameboy/game/22661.html
    GameFAQs' index...... Great FAQs written by others, one about
    the GBC, another about SGB (Super Gameboy) and a regular
    GB FAQ.
    
    The GBC Dojo
    http://www.nintendojo.com/gbc/
    The best GBC site on the web.
    
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    3. Credits
    --------------------
    
    The Color Gameboy Depot
    http://members.tripod.com/~Sh0gunZ/CGB/
    For some information on some of the FAQ questions.
    
    The GBC Dojo
    http://www.nintendojo.com/gbc/
    Nothing used from the GBC Dojo, it's just a great place to
    go to for Gameboy Color stuff (the best GBC site on the web).
    
    Nintendo.com
    http://www.nintendo.com
    Gave me info on the GBC specs as well as the message
    in the intro section.
    
    Stinger
    stinger2307@yahoo.com
    The original author of this FAQ.
    
    Bob Londrack
    horsemen_4_99@hotmail.com
    For sending in the message from Nintendo in the intro.
    
    Utils
    http://www.gamefaqs.com/portable/gameboy/game/22661.html
    His GBC FAQ can be found there. I didn't use anything from
    it, but I recommend going there. Great place.
    
    Also, my special thanks goes out to GameFAQs
    (http://www.gamefaqs.com)
    For publishing my work. Thanks.
    
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    4. Copyright Info
    --------------------
    
    This FAQ is for private use only. You may not use it on your website
    without written permission from both the author now and the original
    author of this FAQ (see the top of this FAQ). This FAQ may not be sold
    nor used in anyway to earn a profit. This FAQ may not be altered nor
    changed in anyway.
    
    The latest version of this FAQ can always be found at:
    
    GameFAQs
    http://www.gamefaqs.com
    
    The FAQ is copyright  1999-2000 by Outkast.
    
    Gameboy Color is a product made by Nintendo.
    

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