Nintendo Game Boy Color Arrives in Japanese Retail
The Game Boy Color (ゲームボーイカラー, Gēmu Bōi Karā, shortened to GBC) is Nintendo's successor to the Game Boy and was released on October 21, 1998 in Japan, November 19, 1998 in North America, and November 23, 1998 in Europe.
It features a color screen and is slightly thicker and taller than the Game Boy Pocket. As with the original Game Boy, it has an 8-bit processor, but is smaller than the original system. The Game Boy and Game Boy Color combined have sold 118.69 million units worldwide.
The Game Boy Color was a response to pressure from game developers for a new and much more sophisticated system of playing, as they felt that the Game Boy, even in its latest incarnation, the Game Boy Pocket, was insufficient. The resultant product was backward compatible, a first for a handheld system, and leveraged the large library of games and great installed base of the predecessor system. This became a major feature of the Game Boy line, since it allowed each new launch to begin with a significantly larger library than any of its competitors.