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Was the Game Boy Color a successor to the original Game Boy?

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Was the Game Boy Color a successor to the Game Boy?

Yes 42 48.84%
 
No, it was an upgrade 34 39.53%
 
No, it was a refinement 9 10.47%
 
Other, explain in the thread 1 1.16%
 
Total:86
Barkley said:
mZuzek said:
I used to think of it as a successor, but I guess it really is just more of an upgrade, considering most "Game Boy Color" games could also be played on the original Game Boy anyways.

I view it as a sucessor, only 28% of GBC games were playable on the original gameboy. (576 GBC games, 160 Backwards Compatible).

Fair enough but when I said "most", I meant Pokémon Gold & Silver, because those are the only games that matter.

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Of course it was, sales are set apart between Game Boy Colour and GB meaning that they are from different generations, the GBA and the GBA SP aren't divided.



Luke888 said:
Of course it was, sales are set apart between Game Boy Colour and GB meaning that they are from different generations, the GBA and the GBA SP aren't divided.

Actually I don't think you will be able to find sales for the GBC that aren't grouped together with GB sales. However the GBC is listed as being a 5th generation console and the GB a 4th generation console.



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Barkley said:
Luke888 said:
Of course it was, sales are set apart between Game Boy Colour and GB meaning that they are from different generations, the GBA and the GBA SP aren't divided.

Actually I don't think you will be able to find sales for the GBC that aren't grouped together with GB sales. However the GBC is listed as being a 5th generation console and the GB a 4th generation console.

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_Boy_Color

Unità vendute 49 milioni

stands for "Units Sold: 49 Milions"

 

dunno why it's not on the English page...



It's sort of like a PlayStation Neo or Xbox Scorpio to me. It's a backwards compatible upgrade that can be used as a replacement.



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Shadow1980 said:
From a technical perspective, it was just an upgraded Game Boy. It has the same basic architecture. The GBC had more RAM, but they both had the same Z80-based Sharp LR35902 CPU, with the GBC's running at a higher clock speed. They had the same screen resolution and audio. The GBC was literally just a Game Boy enhanced to run games with a multi-color palette. It was to the original Game Boy what the DSi and New 3DS were to the DS and 3DS. It wasn't a true next-gen handheld and thus not really a "true" successor to the OG Game Boy. That role would be filled by the Game Boy Advance.

No, that extra power was used to make more advanced games and GBC only carts could use more storage space (a huge advantage).

If the extra power was just for more colors, there wouldn't have been so many GBC exclusives.



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Gameboy color sales are officially lumped in with the original Gameboy's sales so I guess it's just an updated Gameboy. The Gameboy Advance would then be the first true successor which is just ridiculous considering it came out more than 10 years later lol.



Barkley said:
hadoram said:
its like 2ds - 3ds - new 3ds

One family

New 3ds doesn't have 416 exclusive games though :P

And that's the definitive answer. Gameboy Color is definitely it's own hardware. The Gameboy Pocket was a revision.



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I think its more an upgrade.



It was a successor. It had a lot of its own games.