1998 – Game Boy Color
Released in late 1998, the Game Boy Color was the successor the original Game Boy. It’s new main feature was a colored screen, hence the word color its new name. It is limited to showing 56 colors at one time. It also featured backwards compatibility for the first time ever in a portable game system. It is significantly smaller than the original Game Boy, and the easier portability made it a nice attraction for someone looking to play games on the go.
2001 – Game Boy Advance
Although not many new features were brought into the next and final addition to the Game Boy series, the Game Boy Advances hardware was significantly improved over its predecessors. This allowed game developers to highly expand upon the quality of their games, which made portable gaming better than it ever has been before. The hardware was similar to the hardware of the Super NES. The Game Boy Advance became a huge hit, selling nearly 81.5 million units.
2001 – Nintendo GameCube
Combining elements of many systems before it, the Nintendo GameCube was released in fall of 2001. It was the first Nintendo system to future discs, although they were miniature unlike regular discs, which caused some problems for some developers. It did not get much success due to competition with Sony’s PlayStation 2, and only 22 million units were shipped.
2004 – Nintendo DS
The Nintendo DS (DS standing for Dual Screen) was the first touch screen system made by Nintendo, and has had a huge impact on what touch screen gaming is today. This new system had a plethora of new features including a touch screen, built in microphone, and WiFi capabilities for online multiplayer. It also has backwards compatibility with the Game Boy series of portable consoles, making it largely popular with people who already owned games of the previous consoles. The Nintendo DS and its successors in the DS line have sold over 125 million units.
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