The Game Boy Color was the first major upgrade to the Nintendo Game Boy. It featured 8-bit colored graphics, faster processor speed, and more RAM and VRAM. It was backward compatible which the system was able to use the existing Game Boy games, as well as the new line of games. When original Game Boy games are played on the Game Boy Color, the Game Boy Color has an enhanced palette built in featuring up to 16 colors, four colors for each of the Game Boy's four layers. It was released in 1998 (same year when Nintendo released the Game Boy Light in Japan only) and was discontinued in 2003.
The Game Boy Color took two AA batteries. The controls were just like in the original Game Boy, Game Boy Pocket, and Game Boy Light (which was released in Japan only). Popular game titles are Mega Man, Kirby and Mario.
The Game Boy Color logo for spelled out the word "COLOR" using the five colors in which the unit was manufactured. The colors were:
- Berry (C)
- Grape (O)
- Kiwi (L)
- Dandelion (O)
- Teal (R)
Another color released at the same time was "Atomic Purple", made of a transparent purple plastic that was also used on the color-respective Nintendo 64 controller.
Other colors were sold as limited editions or in specific countries
- This is the first Game Boy system in the Game Boy line to have color.