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Game Boy Bootstrap ROM

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Game Boy Bootstrap ROM

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Released in JP: April 21, 1989
Released in US: July 31, 1989
Released in EU: September 28, 1990
Released in KR: May 2, 1991 (Hyundai Mini Comboy)

Carts.png This console has revisional differences.

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The original Game Boy Bootstrap ROM before the Game Boy Color Bootstrap ROM. It will display a scrolling down "Nintendo" logo before booting the game.

If the logo on the Game Pak does not match "Nintendo", the game will typically not run (preventing read errors and trapping some but not all unlicensed games).


Read about notable bugs and errors in this game.

Revision Differences

  • Rev 0 (DMG): A version of the bootstrap ROM, limited to some early Japanese Game Boys (only DMG-CPU on the back, others have DMG-CPU A, B, C). The registered trademark symbol (®) is omitted from the company logo (usually "Nintendo" from the Game Pak header). If there is a Game Pak read error, the LCD may simply flash on and off without scrolling the logo down and the game will not run.
  • Rev 1 (DMG): The boot ROM used in most Game Boys. It added the ® to the top-right of the company logo. If there is a Game Pak read error (such as a bad company logo), unlike Rev 0 the 'logo' will scroll down as usual, but the game will not run.
  • Pocket Game Boy (MGB): In this revision before control is handed over to the game, the a register is written as 0xFF instead of 0x01. A game can retrieve this byte to distinguish if the hardware is DMG (01) or MGB (FF).

(Source: gbdev.gg8.se, Game Boy hardware database, Torchickens ("®" detail))