Game Boy Micro

The Game Boy Micro is a handheld gaming console released by Nintendo on September 13, 2005 in Japan, September 19, 2005 in North America, October 1, 2005 in China as the iQue, November 3, 2005 in Australia, November 4, 2005 in Europe and November 9,2005 in South Korea.

It was officially unveiled on May 17, 2005 at a Nintendo press conference. Its predecessor is the Game Boy Advance SP and its successor is the Nintendo DS. It was discontinued on January 31, 2008 and has sold over 2.42 million units.

The unit cannot play Game Boy or Game Boy color games due to design changes and is not compatible with many of the other Game Boy accessories. However, it is compatible with Game Boy Advance games and game packs.

The unit is smaller than the other Game Boy systems, hence the “micro” naming. It features a brightness adjustable backlit two-inch screen with a removable face plate for alternate designs. It was manufactured in various color schemes.

The Micro is two inches wide, four inches long and 0.7 inches thick. It uses a 32-bit 16.8 Mhz CPU, has a built-in rechargeable battery with up to eight hours of life in default mode. It also has a headphone jack.

The four colors upon the Japan release of the system included, black, blue, purple, and silver. Four limited edition styles were also released, a Famicom based edition, a Final Fantasy Four edition, a Mother 3 edition, and a Pikachu edition.

In North America there were two available colors with three interchangeable face plates. In Europe four colors — silver, green, blue, and pink with a matching face plate — were available. Australia colors were silver, black, blue, red, and pink.

Some accessories have been developed exclusively for the Micro, including adapters, wireless adapters and a redesigned Play-Yan for music and video play.

Image Caption: A Game Boy Micro. Credit: Evan-Amos/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)