Happy birthday, Game Boy!
Today, Nintendo and Gamers around the world celebrate the 25th Year Anniversary of the Game Boy!
How old do you feel now knowing this!? I’m feeling pretty old myself! Nonetheless, it was a privilege to have had the opportunity to grow up in the same era as this wondrous hand held machine. Who can forget the overwhelming excitement of holding the power to play legendary video games like Mario and The Legend of Zelda with no television? Stealing double A batteries from whatever electronics you could (specially your parents’ television remote controllers) so you could keep catching your first 150 Pokémon or beat your sibling’s high score in Tetris? Oh, the memories of that yellowish screen and the different shades of gray-to-black outlines… THE NOSTALGIA!
Gunpei Yokoi (September 10, 1941 – October 4, 1997)
Gunpei Yokoi was the video game designer mastermind behind the creation of the Game Boy which sold around 100 million units worldwide. First released in 1989, the device quickly became a favorite, especially with the smash hit Tetris, and hosted over 700 game titles.
Today we thank you, Game Boy, for being the predecessor that paved the way for the amazing hand held systems we get to enjoy nowadays.
Were you one of the lucky ones who was able to play on the Game Boy? What Nintendo hand helds did you own? Do you still own any? How about old school cartridges? Comment below – I want to know!