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El Backlight Pocket GameBoy

In April 1998, Nintendo released another version of the Pocket GameBoy called the EL Backlight Pocket GameBoy. This version had an electro-luminescence backlight feature that allowed the playing of games in total darkness. The EL Backlight GameBoy is slightly larger than the Pocket GameBoy and has a protruding battery compartment. It came in Silver and Gold but was never released out side of Japan.


  • Battery: 2 AA
  • Battery Life: Approx. 20 hours or 12 hours with backlight on
  • Size: 80mm X 135mm X 29mm
  • Weight: 140g

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