The Game Boy Color (ゲームボーイカラー Gēmu Bōi Karā?), referred as GBC, is a handheld game console manufactured by Nintendo. it was released on October 21, 1998 in Japan and was released in November of the same year in International markets. It is the 4th handheld in the Game Boy line of handhelds and also successor of the Game Boy Pocket. The Game Boy Color, as suggested by the name, features a color screen. It is slightly thicker and taller than the Game Boy Pocket, which is a redesigned Game Boy released in 1996. As with the original Game Boy, it has an 8-bit processor and the custom Zilog Z80 central processing unit (CPU). As part of the fifth generation of gaming (from 1997), the Game Boy Color's primary competitors were the SNK's Neo Geo Pocket and the Bandai's WonderSwan (JDM only), though the Game Boy Color outsold these by a huge margin. The Game Boy and Game Boy Color combined have sold 118.69 million units worldwide. It wasn't discontinued until the release of the Game Boy Advance SP, a redesigned Game Boy Advance in 2003.