Game Boy Color

Game Boy Color
Developer: Nintendo
Released: 1998

GBC Specifications

Processor: Sharp Corporation LR35902
Processor Speed: 4 MHz or 8 MHz (Two modes)
RAM: 32 KB
Video RAM: 16 KB
Resolution: 160 x 144 pixels
Colors Available: 32,768 (15-bit)
Max Colors on Screen: 10, 32, or 46
Max Sprites: 40
Max Sprites per Scan Line: 10 (4 colors maximum per sprite)
Max Sprite Size: 8 x 8 or 8 x 16 pixels

The Game Boy Color, often referred to as the GBC is Nintendo’s fourth attempt at the handheld game console market. Specification wise it did not differ much from its predecessor the Game Boy. However it introduced one big new feature and that was the ability to display the picture in colour, rather than the Gray scale present in its predecessor. Thanks to largely having the same hardware, this enabled the Game Boy Color to remain backwards compatible with older games.

This backwards compatibility was a huge advantage when coming up against its competitors as it allowed the handheld to inherit a large game library right off the bat and not rely completely on a couple of games to generate sales.

The Game Boy Color proved to be a huge success, going on to sell over 118.59 million units. A number that far exceeded its competitors of the time, the Neo Geo Pocket and WonderSwan.

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Game Boy Color Emulators

BasicBoy
BasicBoy

BasicBoy is a GBC emulator that was written entirely in the Visual Basic programming language. While now dated, the Game Boy Color emulator offered decent compatibility and accuracy despite been written in Visual Basic.

BGB
BGB

BGB is a Game Boy Color emulator that was designed to be used as a debugging tool as well as an emulator. BGB accurately emulates the GBC hardware alongside providing a powerful debugger making this emulator a solid choice.

DreamGBC
DreamGBC

DreamGBC is a fast and highly compatible GBC emulator. The DreamGBC project aimed to emulate as much of the Game Boy Color as possible while offering various game enhancing features.

Gambatte
Gambatte

Gambatte is a highly portable and highly accurate GBC Emulator with its core code being designed so that it can be used independently of its UI. Gambattee is used as the Game Boy Color emulator for the OpenEmu project.

GBE+
GBE+

GBE Plus is a GBC emulator strives to offer as many enhancements as possible, even adding the ability for a user to replace certain sprites from within games. Also, GBE Plus provides stable and accurate emulation of the Game Boy Color.

GearBoy
GearBoy

GearBoy is an open source GBC Emulator that strives to achieve accurate emulation of the Game Boy Color while also keeping its code base highly portable. GearBoy is also being used as RetroArch’s core for GBC and GB emulation.

GEST
GEST

GEST is a highly compatible and somewhat accurate Game Boy Color emulator that was built upon the Visual Boy Advance codebase. GEST improved upon the original VBA code by increasing the amount of features it emulated.

gnuboy
gnuboy

gnuboy is a highly portable but now dated GBC emulator. While gnuboy managed to emulate the vast majority of the GBC hardware, it does lack the accuracy and compatibility of more modern Game boy Color emulators.

higan
higan

higan is the most advanced emulator available for the SNES. Unlike most emulators, higan focuses on emulation accuracy at the cost of performance.

KiGB
KiGB

KiGB is a cross-platform GBC Emulator. KiGB is designed to emulate the Game Boy Color as accurate as possible, managing to emulate features of the GBC that were difficult to replicate without precise emulation of the hardware.

mGBA
mGBA

mGBA while being a new GBA emulator to hit the web is one of the best, built with portability, speed and accuracy in mind its quickly propped itself up as a GBA emulator to look out for.

PlayGuy
PlayGuy

PlayGuy is a highly capable Game Boy Colour emulator that features 100% emulation of the GBC’s processor as well as having accurate timing emulation. PlayGuy was for its time one of the best GBC emulators around.

TGB Dual
TGB Dual

TGB Dual was one of the first GBC emulators to implement the Game Boy link functionality. TGB Dual uses TCP networking to allow users to connect over the internet or to another instance running on the same computer.

Visual Boy Advance
Visual Boy Advance

Visual Boy Advance (VBA) is a popular open source emulator that focuses on the GBA, GBC and the original Game Boy. It is one of the fastest emulators for the Game Boy Color but in turn sacrifices emulation accuracy.

GBC Homebrew

Akaru Hime: The Red Princess
Akaru Hime: The Red Princess
Alient Planet
Alient Planet
Beep Beep Boom Box
Beep Beep Boom Box
Dodgeball GBC
Dodgeball GBC
Drains
Drains
Flappy Boy
Flappy Boy
Friki Race
Friki Race
Guns and Riders
Guns and Riders
I shall Be Queen
I shall Be Queen