Game Boy Micro - Blue

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The Game Boy Micro is the final iteration of the famous hand held console line, it was launched  in Japan and the US in September 2003, and in Europe in October. It is by far the smallest machine in the range.

It has a very good 5cm screen, and despite it's tiny size of 10cm x5cm, it is surprisingly comfortable to use.

It has a tiny, but decent speaker, and a headphone socket, the screen brightness is controlled by holding a button on the side and the L button, this button also controls the volume.

There is the usual D-Pad, a and b fire buttons, the top left and right buttons, and below the screen are the start and select buttons, these light up momentarily when the console is turned on, blue if the battery level is fine, or red if the machine needs charging. On the bottom left is the power button.

The bottom of the console has the cartridge slot. The Game Boy Micro is the only one in the range not to be backwards compatible with previous models.

One feature of the Micro is the ability to change the front fascia for a custom one.

The Game Boy Advance the the DS were originally going to co exist, as it was thought single screen and double screen machines were going to be different enough, but the popularity of the latter meant that the Game Boy name has been shelved.

The lack of backwards compatibility, and the small size meant the machine was not hugely successful, selling around 2.5 Million units, it cost around a hundred pounds at launch.

Now, it is a sought after machine, mainly the reputation of it's excellent screen, with the Famicom edition in the original console colours being particulary wanted by collectors.

Kindly Donated by Dave Wilson

Manufacturer: Nintendo
Date: 4th October 2003

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH67106. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

Game Boy Micro - Blue

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