Game Boy Pocket: Overview + Giblets

It's hard to find someone who doesn't know about Nintendo portable consoles. It is even more difficult to find someone whose childhood / youth was in the 90s, and who did not dream of having one of them. The article will talk about the second generation of Nintendo Gameboy consoles: Gameboy Pocket.

Short review

The device appeared on the Japanese market in July 1996 (the very first Gameboy was released in the 89th). Pocket has become smaller, thinner and lighter than its predecessor. As a power source, 2 AAA batteries were used (versus 4 AA for Original), which led to a decrease in battery life (different values ​​indicate different values, subjectively - 10-12 hours of operation). The hardware platform has remained the same.

Subjectively, in comparison with its predecessor, the device has become many times more convenient and playable. The impression of an impressive brick in size and weight disappeared. And yes, Pocket really fits in your pocket.

At my disposal were 2 copies: Gameboy Pocket Yellow and Gameboy Hello Kitty Limited Edition. The first is made in China, the second in Japan. There are no noticeable differences either in the quality of materials or in the quality of assembly. Even after 17 years after the release, the state of the devices at altitude. During this time, no creaks / backlashes appeared in the case, except that the battery compartment lid slightly swayed under the fingers.

Technical specifications

  • Processor: Sharp LR35902, 8-bit, clock frequency: 4.194304 MHz;
  • RAM: 64 kbps (8kB);
  • Video memory: 64 kbps (8kB);
  • Sound: 4-channel, stereo;
  • Display: 2.56 ”, 160х144, monochrome;
  • Power supply: 2xAAA (LR03), DC3V, 0.7W;
  • Dimensions: 77.6mm (W) x 127.6mm (H) x 25.3mm (D) / 3.06 "x 5.02" x 1 ";
  • Weight: 125g;


Top face:
Power switch.

Left side:
Link Port (Extension Connector) and volume control.

Right side:
Contrast control.

Network adapter jack, headphone jack (3.5 ”, stereo).

Back of device:
Battery compartment and cartridge compartment.

The front side of the device:
Display, power indicator (not available in the first models), controls, speaker.


The time has come for the fun part.

Disassembled device.

General view of the board.

The main elements are larger.

The front of the board.

General view of the board with a display.

useful links

Game Boy on Wikipedia
List of games
Complete set of games for Gameboy Color (including games for Gameboy Original)

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