When people think of the console wars in the 1990s, they instantly picture an epic 16-bit fight with Nintendo’s Super Nintendo Entertainment System against Sega’s Genesis/Mega Drive console. Yet the war also expanded to the handheld realm of both respective companies. While Nintendo fans claimed the Nintendo Game Boy was superior to Sega’s Game Gear because of its excellent game library, they could expect a common retort from the Sega faithful: “Yeah, but the Game Gear has color!”. The comment made hardcore Game Boy fans grimace, and it didn’t take long before Nintendo would start hearing requests from customers asking for a Game Boy that ditched the black and white and went full color.
In late 1993, rumors of Nintendo making a color Game Boy started circulating but ultimately developed into something unexpected for those wanting to finally see color in their Game Boy games: The Super Game Boy. Released in the middle of 1994, the Super Game Boy was a Super Nintendo accessory that allowed players to play their Game Boy games on a television screen and add a limited amount of colors to their current library of Game Boy games. While the Super Game Boy opened the doors to those who never experienced the portable system’s games before, it wasn’t exactly what fans wanted in terms of a portable color system.
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