Game Boy Classic

Hardware Guide

A large number of hardware is available around Nintendo's Game Boy Classic. Partly released by Nintendo itself, partly licensed and partly without license. On this page you will find a compilation of the original and licensed hardware known to me. If something is missing, I'm happy to read from you.

ORIGINAL HARDWARE

These items were released by Nintendo itself. Some items were only offered for sale in individual countries. Hardware developed by Nintendo exclusively for the Game Boy Classic usually bears the identifier "DMG-" followed by an ascending number. DMG is an acronym for "Dot Matrix Game" used internally by Nintendo. However, there are exceptions, such as the Game Boy AC Adapter, which bears the identifier GB-8. There is also hardware developed in the later years of the Game Boy Series, which is compatible with the Game Boy Classic but not exclusively developed for it. These items also do not follow the DMG naming convention.

Game Boy™ Console

The Game Boy is Nintendo's first portable console with interchangeable game cartridges. The console has a directional pad, two action buttons (A, B) and a Start and Select button. The display is a monochrome LCD screen in green with no backlight. The console is powered by 4 standard AA batteries.

Game Boy Classic (DMG-01)
DMG-01
Game Boy™ Stereo Headphones

The stereo headphones were included with the main console in some sets. In Japan, this was sold separately under the designation DMG-02. The headphones were connected to the headphone jack on the bottom of the Game Boy. Unlike the Game Boy's mono speaker, the headphones could play sound in stereo.

Game Boy Stereo Headset (DMG-02)
DMG-02
Game Boy™ Rechargeable Adapter

The rechargeable adapter is a rechargeable battery (there are 4 AA batteries inside) that powers the Game Boy for about 10 hours. In addition, the device can also be used as an AC adapter for the Game Boy.

 

The adapter is available in a standard  (battery on the left) and a slightly larger version (battery on the right) depending on the countries voltage it was released.

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DMG-03
Game Boy™ Link Cable

The Game Link cable could be used to connect two consoles for multiplayer gaming. This model is only compatible with the Game Boy Classic. To connect the Game Boy Classic with later models, use a Game Boy Link cable adapter (MGB-004) or the Universal Link cable (MGB-010) with adapter DMG-14.

DMG-04A

To reduce electromagnetic interference, Nintendo developed a revised version with a better shielded cable and sold it under the designation DMG-04A.

Game Boy Ineractive Play Cable (DMG-04)
DMG-04
Game Boy™ Battery Case

The battery case uses four replaceable C batteries for power. The battery compartment provides about 40 hours of additional power. Compared to the rechargeable battery (DMG-03), the battery case is significantly larger and heavier. The battery case was only released in Japan.

DMG-05

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Game Boy™ Soft Case

The Game Boy Soft Case is a simple storage bag made of a dirt-repellent material. The Game Boy and game cartridges could be stored in the case. 

DMG-06

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Game Boy™ 4-Player Adapter

With the four-player adapter, up to 4 players can join together to play a multi-player game. The unit has a built-in link cable and three connectors for additional link cables. Only a few games in 4-player mode were released for the Game Boy. The 4-Player Adapter has also been bundled with some games (e.g. F1 Race).

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DMG-07
Game Boy™ Cleaning Kit

The Game Boy Cleaning Kit is used to clean the contacts of the game cartridges. Dirty contacts were a common cause of games no longer working. The Cleaning Kit was shaped like a game cartridge and was inserted into the cartridge slot of the game cartridge. A plastic stick with cleaning pads on both sides freed the contacts from dirt.

Game Boy Cleaning Kit (DMG-08)
DMG-08
Game Boy™ Cartridge

The classic game cartridge for the Game Boy also had a hardware code, although hardly known. The designation DMG-09 is not apparent on the game cartridges and is only declared on Nintendo's website (for reference click HERE)

Game Boy Classic Cartridge (DMG-09)
DMG-09
Game Boy™ Battery Pack II - AC Adapter

The AC adapter (the grey item on the photo)  is used to charge the Battery Pack II (DMG-11). Unlike the Battery Pack I, the AC adapter can be separated from the Battery Pack. This means that the charged Battery Pack can be transported without the unwieldy AC adapter. The item was only sold in Europe.

Game Boy Battery Pack II (DMG-10)
DMG-10
Game Boy™ Battery Pack II

The Rechargeable Battery Pack II (the white item on the photo) is the further development of the Battery Pack I (DMG-03). The design is slimmer and lighter in weight. Charging time and performance are the same.  The Battery Pack II was only sold in Europe.

Game Boy Battery Pack II (DMG-11)
DMG-11
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DMG-12
Game Boy™ Rumble Pack Cartridge

A Game Boy game cartridge equipped with a vibration motor to give feedback to the player. The motor in the game cartridge is powered by a AAA battery. The game cartridge is used in games such as "Pokemon Pinball" and "Perfect Dark".

Game Boy Pokemon Pinball (DMG-13)
DMG-13
Game Boy™ Universal Game-Link Adapter

With the Universal Game Link Adapter, the Game Boy Classic can be connected to later Game Boy models.

The adapter was never purchased separately. It was only available in combination with the Game Boy Color Game Link Cable (CGB-003).

Game Boy Universal Link Adapter (DMG-14)
DMG-14
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DMG-15
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DMG-16
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DMG-17
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DMG-18
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DMG-19
Game Boy™ Tilt Sensor Game Pack

A Game Boy game cartridge equipped with an accelerometer. The sensor detects the position of the Game Boy and the speed at which the console is moved. Although the Game Pack is only compatible with Game Boy Color, interestingly enough, the game cartridge has been given a DMG number (DMG-20). This is the last item that follows the DMG coding.

The game cartridge is used in the game "Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble".

Game Boy Tilt Sensor (DMG-20)
DMG-20
Game Boy™ AC Adapter

An AC adapter for the Game Boy Classic. This adapter was only sold in Japan. In the other countries, the Battery Pack was sold instead (DMG-03) as it offered an AC adapter built in.

Game Boy AC-Adapter (GB-08)
GB-8
Game Boy™ Game Link Cable Adapter

The adapter allows you to connect the Game Boy Classic to the Game Boy Pocket. To do this, the Game Link cable of the Game Boy Classic must be connected to the adapter, which is then plugged into the Game Boy Pocket.

Game Boy Classic to Game Boy Pocket Adapter (MGB-004)
MGB-004
Game Boy™ Camera

The Game Boy Camera (in Japan "Pocket Camera") was released together with the Game Boy Printer in 1998. The camera can take greyscale photos. These can then be edited with the camera's built-in software or transferred to compatible programmes/devices (e.g. Mario Artist). The pictures can be printed on thermal paper using the Game Boy Printer. The camera was available in different colors.

Game Boy Camera (MGB-006)
MGB-006
Game Boy™ Printer

The Game Boy Printer is a monochrome printer for the Game Boy series. Printing is done on self-adhesive thermal paper (MGB-009). The prints could thus be used as stickers. The device came on the market in 1998 together with the Game Boy camera (MGB-006). For the connection with the Game Boy a special Game Link-Cable was needed (MGB-010)

Game Boy Printer (MGB-007)
MGB-007
Game Boy™ Printer Paper

Self-adhesive thermal paper that came in different colours.  The printouts could be used as stickers due to the adhesive properties.

Game Boy Printer Paper (MGB-009)
MGB-009
Game Boy™ Game Link

The Game Link set allows to connect Game Boy consoles of different generations and other hardware, such as the Game Boy Printer. The set consists of the game boy universal link cable (CGB-003) and the DMG-14 adapter to connect the Game Boy Classic with the other devices (e.g. MGB-A-TS / MGB-A-TS2).

Game Boy Universal Link Cable (GBC-003)
MGB-A-TS / MGB-A-TS2
Game Boy™ Super Game Boy Adapter

The Super Game Boy allowed Game Boy games to be played on the TV with the help of the Super Nintendo (SNES). A complete Game Boy is integrated into the module, which passes the video signal on to the SNES. Greyscales are converted to colours and the colour palette could be adjusted on the SNES. 

Super Game Boy (SNSP-A-SG)
SNSP-A-SG
Game Boy™ Super Game Boy 2 Adapter
SHVC-042

This is a revised variant of the Super Game Boy that was only distributed in Japan. The housing is a transparent blue and is slimmer than the first variant.

The hardware has been expanded to include a Game Link connector and an LED display. The Game Link connector allowed the connection of a Game Boy or other compatible hardware with the Super Nintendo (e.g. Game Boy Printer). The firmware also received an update and had five new screen border graphics ready.

Super Game Boy 2 (SHVC-042 / Japan)
Game Boy™ Game Case

To protect the Game Boy game cartridges from external influences, each game was shipped with a protective plastic case. It is likely that the case claims one of the unassigned DMG codes.

Game Boy Game Case (DMG-12)
DMG-XXX
Game Boy™ N64 Transfer Pack

The Transfer Pak is an adapter for the Nintendo 64 that allows you to read a Game Boy or Game Boy Color cartridge on the N64. A Game Boy game cartridge can be inserted into the Transfer Pack. The Transfer Pack itself is inserted into the Nintendo 64 controller.

Game Boy N64 Transfer Pack (NUS-019)
NUS-019

BUNDLE ACCESSORIES

The Game Boy was available in different variations. Various accessories were included with the bundles. Here you will find an overview of the additional items (if not already mentioned above).

Maxell Power Ace Red AA Batteries

The Game Boy came standard with 4 AA batteries. The Maxell Power Ace Red batteries were probably the most common type. In the meantime, the few batteries still in existence tend to run out and are now purely collector's items.

Game Boy (DMG-01) Maxell Power Ace Red
R6P AA
Hoaitri AA Batteries

These batteries were also used for various Game Boy bundles. In the meantime, the few batteries still in existence tend to run out and are now purely collector's items.

Game Boy Hoaitri AA Battery
R6 AA UM-3

LICENSED HARDWARE

These items were licensed by Nintendo but not distributed directly. Some items were only offered for sale in individual countries. Unlike the DMG coding of the original hardware, these items have their own coding logic depending on the supplier.

Konami Hyperboy

The very rare Konami Hyperboy is a true monster in size  and swallows up the entire Game Boy. Powerful stereo speakers, a magnifying glass, two front lights and an arcade stick turn the Game Boy Classic into an arcade machine. The device requires two D batteries for operation.

Konami Hyperboy (RU-005)
RU-005
Booster Boy

Probably the most unusual and largest Game Boy accessory. The Game Boy Booster, similar to the Hyperboy, transforms the Game Boy into an arcade machine with lighting, stereo speakers, screen magnifier, arcade stick and storage space for games and headphones.

Game Boy - The Illuminator (G2001)
Saitek 702
Game Boy™ Light Max

The Game Boy Light Max was an attachment for the Game Boy Classsic, so that it could be played in poor lighting conditions. The attachment has 2 lamps that illuminate the Game Boy's display and a magnifying glass that makes the display appear larger.

Game Boy Light Max (VLB-02)
VLB-02
The Illuminator™

An attachment with light for the Game Boy to play in low light conditions. The attachment has a flexible swivel arm to place the light optimally. The item was distributed by Greer& Asssociates Inc.

Game Boy - The Illuminator (G2001)
G2001
Gamester Light Magnifier

The Game Boy Light Magnifier of LMP was an attachment for the Game Boy Classsic, so that it could be played in poor lighting conditions. The design is very similar to the Game Boy Light Max (VLB-02). The attachment has 2 lamps that illuminate the Game Boy's display and a magnifying glass that makes the display appear larger. It uses 2 AA batteries.

Gamester Light Magnifier (LS8122)
LS8122
ASCII Portable Carry-All

The ASCII Portable Carry-All was published by ASCII Entertainment Software Inc. The case is designed for the safe transport of the Game Boy Classic and offers space for 4 games and the stereo headphones (DMG-02). 

ASCII Portable Carry-All Case
3900E
ASCII Carry-All DLX 

The ASCII Portable Carry-All DLX is the bigger brother of the ASCII Portable Carry-All. As for his smaller brother the case is designed for the safe transport of the Game Boy Classic and offers plenty of space for various accessories. The case has a carrying strap and handle. The case holds the Game Boy console (DMG-01), game manuals, the 4-player adapter (DMG-07), the headphones (DMG-02), 4 AA batteries, a Game Light, the link cable (DMG-05) and the Battery Pack 1 (DMG-03). The other side of the case almost 12 games in protective cases, as well as the power cable of the Battery Pack.

ASCCI Carry-All DLX
3910
Game Pak Carry Case

A simple bag from Nuby with carrying strap. The bag offers space for storing up to 12 Game Boy Classic games. 

Game Pak Carry Case - Nuby GC-3
#GC-3

NON-LICENSED HARDWARE

There was a lot of hardware produced around the Game Boy Classic that was not licensed by Nintendo. Due to its sheer mass, only the most fancy and unusual products are presented here.

Memorex Carry Case

The Memorex "Super" Game Case is one of many transport systems that have been released around the Game Boy Classic and the additional hardware. The Game Case offers space for the console (DMG-01), up to 5 games, the link cable, the Power Pack I (DMG-03), the stereo headphones (DMG-02), a magnifying glass/light, 4 AA spare batteries and some manuals. A shoulder strap enables the easy transport of the Game Boy equipment.

Memorex Super Game Case
0866520029
Cool Screen

Giving the Game Boy an individual look? No problem! With the Cool Screen from the third-party manufacturer Naki, this was possible. The replacement screen protector was released in various designs to suit the different tastes of players.

Game Boy Naki Cool Screen
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ZIP-BAG - Gameboy Carry Bag

The Gamester Zip-Bag from LMP (Leda Media Products Ltd.) is a transport bag for the Gameboy Classic. In addition to the Game Boy console, the bag offers space for a light amplifier/magnifier set, a power supply unit and 3 games. For easier transport, the bag has a shoulder strap.

Gamester Game Boy Zip-Bag (LS 8142)
LS 8142
Nuby Car Adapter

To prevent gamers from running out of energy during long car journeys, various hardware manufacturers have released Game Boy-compatible power adapters for the cigarette lighter.

 

In the 90s Nuby was one of the best-known third-party manufacturers of Game Boy accessories.

Nuby Car Adapter (GC-13) for Game Boy
GC-13
Pro Action Replay - Cheat  Module

The Pro Action Replay was a cheat device.  The adapter already came with a large number of predefined cheats. In addition, it was possible to find and create your own cheats.

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Smart Boy Protective Sleeve

The Smart Boy is a protective cover for the Game Boy as we know it today for smartphones. It cushions falls and protects the Game Boy from damage. A carrying strap allows the Game Boy Classic to be transported easily and safely.

Smart Boy (GB088)
GB088
Wide Boy

The Wide Boy is an attachable magnifying glass for the Game Boy that was sold by Sunsoft in Japan. 

Sunsoft Wide Boy (WB-01)
WB-01
Naki Master Pak

The Master Pak from Naki concludes this hardware guide. The Master Pak gathers the most popular hardware expansions of the Game Boy Classic in one set. An adjustable magnifying glass with light (Brite Beam), a cleaning kit for Game Boy and game cartridges (Eliminator), a power plug (AC Adapter), a shoulder bag (Pro Pouch), a battery pack (Action Pak) and a replacement deco glass (Cool Screen) for the display. The set is probably one of the most comprehensive packages ever put together for the Game Boy Classic.

Naki Master Pak
9640755645

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