The Game Boy Turns 25 Today!
Posted on Monday, April 21 @ 17:52:18 Eastern by Daniel Bischoff
What you see above is a Game Boy, a huge leap forward for Nintendo and one of Nintendo's most popular brands, Pokémon. Nintendo's original gray brick with purple buttons turns an astonishing 25 years old today and marks its birthday quietly, possibly hidden under dust in a closet or abandoned at the bottom of a garage sale box. Did you forget about your friend?
With a D-pad, two buttons, Start, and Select, all you needed to take hardcore Nintendo Entertainment System-calibur gameplay with you on the go was a Game Boy. I loved the intro screen sliding into place before a publisher logo or a game's credits flashed on screen and I always played it loud with the volume at max, cranking tunes out of the tiny speaker.
Over the years, Game Boy developed into a few different product lines. There was the Play It Loud! series that changed colors and also had a clear-casing option while Game Boy Pocket shrunk the original down and Game Boy Light added better screen visibility. That last option never made it out of Japan though.
Right out of the gate, Game Boy took off like a rocket both here and in the far east. If only the Atari Lynx and Sega Game Gear could have caught up. It must have something to do with Tetris getting packed in. With Nintendo's portable line still kicking ass, share your favorite Game Boy (or other Nintendo handheld) memories in the comments.
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