Nintendo has made a line of ever-improving and compatible game machines in the Game Boy line. These include Game Boy, Super Game Boy (an add-on for an SNES), Game Boy Pocket (just like the original, but smaller and lower power), Game Boy Color, and now Game Boy Advance.
All games work up the line (GB(P)/SGB to GBC to GBA). Some also work lower down the ladder.
Games enhanced for Super Game Boy have color tables, optional backglass graphics, and in some instances completely different programs that run on the SNES instead of on the Game Boy in the SGB. When played on any Game Boy, they work fine. When used with a color machine, the color table is used. I think. A game marked in both the GB(P) and SGB columns has two separate versions on the same cartridge.
Some games that take advantage of the GBC work on both GB(P) and GBC. These are marked ``enhanced for GBC'' instead of ``only for GBC''. There aren't many of them. Most Game Boy games manufactured in the last few years don't work in the monochrome Game Boys. If a game's enhanced for GBC, it'll be in both the GB(P) and GBC columns in the table.
Allegedly, there are new games that use the new features of the GBA but also work in the older machines. I haven't seen one yet. They'd be listed in multiple columns too.
|Atari Anniversary Advance||Infogrames?||GBA|
|Batman: The Brave and the Bold||WB Games||DS|
|Bust-A-Move Millenium||Club Acclaim||GBC||?|
|ChuChu Rocket!||Sonic Team||GBA||4||yes|
|Daedalian Opus||Vic Tokai||GB(P)|
|Millipede / Super Breakout / Lunar Lander||DSI Games||GBA|
|Namco Museum DS||Bandai Namco||DS||4||4|
|The New York Times Crosswords||Majesco||DS||4||4|
|Oddworld Adventures 2||Oddworld Inhabitants||GB(P)||GBC|
|Pong / Asteroids / Yars' Revenge||DSI Games||GBA|
|Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box||Nintendo||DS|
|Revenge of the Gator||Hal America Inc.||GB(P)||2|
There's no link connection on the SGB (there's apparently one on the Super Game Boy 2, but I don't have one of those), so you can't use it for multi-player games even if the game does it. Only the GBA can share games.
I'm going to update this table more thoroughly when I get my SGB out.
Games I'm planning on getting: