Nintendo’s Game Boy released today, 30 years ago, in Japan.
The Game Boy was released in 1989 in Japan and then was ported over to North America just 3 months later, followed by Europe about a year later. This unit became one of the most successful handheld units in the world, selling over 100M units total.
Players could whip out their favorite titles like Super Mario or Tetris anywhere and everywhere without too much compromise. Gamers would agree that it was one of the best, if not the best, handheld systems backed with a huge library of (actually good) games during that time.
To be honest, the Game Boy was like a mini NES. Every game had its own port with slimmed down graphics and elements on the screen, but it did the trick. They were just ridiculous reskins like the Tiger handhelds, and were as close as you could get to playing the real game on-the-go. A combo of NES and Game and Watch hardware at best.
Later on, multiple variations were created, such as the Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Light, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP, and Game Boy Micro. This paved the way for portable gaming.
They were also built like a rock. Many are definitely still playing games today and the whole thing just became a legendary device. Game Boys are still being used today and collectors are still collecting. It’s become its own niche and definitely still holds a large and significant playerbase.
Celebrities Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson were shown off playing a pair of Game Boys together with the link cable, which allowed multiplayer gaming back then. They playing Tetris.
Happy birthday Game Boy!