Game Boy was the first handheld developed by Nintendo. While the original system displayed games in black and white, the later Game Boy handhelds, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance, allowed for a color display.
No Dragon Quest titles were released for the Game Boy; however, Dragon Quest I & II and Dragon Quest Monsters were backwards compatible with the system. Both games could also be played on a Super Game Boy, an adapter that allowed games to be played on a Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
Game Boy Color
The Game Boy Color is the successor of the original portable Nintendo video game system and was released worldwide in Autumn of 1998. It is notable for being the first handheld to feature a full 15 bit color palette, of which up to 56 colors could be displayed simultaneously. The system boasted a more powerful CPU than the original model, and is fully compatible with the original Game Boy's library. Games that are exclusive to the Color are packaged in a translucent cartridge, with black plastic cartridges in the same design as an original Game Boy game being playable on the first model with additional features unlocked on the successor.
The very first Color game was Dragon Quest Monsters, which was released exactly one day before the hardware itself was launched in Japan on September 25th, 1998.
Dragon Quest titles
- Dragon Quest I & II - a remake of the first two games from the Nintendo Entertainment System with updated graphics. Backwards compatible with Game Boy system. In addition, this game can be played on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System with the Super Game Boy cartridge.
- Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation - a remake of the third game from the NES with updated graphics and added bonus dungeon. Required Game Boy Color system (or Game Boy Advance) to play.
- Dragon Quest Monsters - the first monster taming game with a young Terry from Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation as the hero. Backwards compatible with Game Boy system. In addition, this game can be played on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System with the Super Game Boy cartridge.
- Dragon Quest Monsters 2 - released in two versions, "Cobi's Journey" and "Tara's Adventure". Both versions can be played on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System with the Super Game Boy.
Game Boy Advance
Game Boy Advance (ゲームボーイアドバンス, Geemu Boui Adobansu) is a 32-bit handheld video game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo and released in 2001. It is the successor to the Game Boy, and was the Dragon Quest series's preferred handheld platform before the Nintendo DS.
Dragon Quest titles
(These three games can also be played on the Nintendo DS and DS Lite.)
- Dragon Quest Monsters: Caravan Heart
- Slime MoriMori Dragon Quest - the first slime spin-off game.
- Torneko no Daibouken 2
- A characterized version of the Game Boy unit was present in the 2nd and 3rd seasons of the cartoon series Captain N: The Game Master, which had a couple of episodes based on Dragon Quest.