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Monday, 21 April 2014 18:06

The Nintendo Game Boy is 25 Years Old Featured

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Today, April 21st 2014, marks the official twenty-fifth birthday of the original Nintendo Game Boy. This innovative and widely successful handheld console launched in Japan on April 21st in 1989. Combined with its successor; the Game Boy Colour, the system has sold a whopping 118.69 million units worldwide. Since then the Game Boy has gone through various redesigns and upgrades, eventually passing the handheld torch to the Nintendo DS. The Game Boy’s influence and legacy is strong and far-reaching to this day, and it will continue to be remembered and hold a dear place in gamers’ hearts for years to come.

 

The original Game Boy was the first system I ever played a video game on. Some of my earliest childhood memories are watching my dad improve his high score in Tetris, and playing Super Mario Land. It was my older brother’s, and I would inherit it and keep playing it for years after he “outgrew” video games. The Game Boy and my library of games kept me playing even as new console generations were ushered in and PC gaming evolved. Heck, I still play some of my childhood favourites from time to time on my Game Boy Advance SP.

 

The fact that the Game Boy system launched twenty-five years ago, and is almost as old as me, makes me think about my time as a gamer. I would definitively say that the Game Boy, along with the NES and SNES, is one of my favourite gaming systems ever – making Nintendo a huge part of my early life. The tables have somewhat turned today, as I never really got into the Wii, Wii U or the (3)DS, and now I’m a lot more into the PC, PlayStation, and Xbox arena of gaming. In any case, the Game Boy and I grew up together, and it feels like a childhood friend to me. So on your twenty-fifth birthday I salute you, old friend!

 

Do you have fond memories of the Game Boy? Did you maybe have a different handheld system of choice, or were you never into handhelds at all? Let us know in the coments below! 

Ingólfur Ólafsson

Managing Editor.

 

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