The original Game Boy just turned 30
The popular handheld video game player created a new era of video games
When Nintendo first started out, it saw some moderate success with its line of Game & Watch Consoles. However, these were limited to whatever games were available to the system and the team kept working on the next big thing. It found the solution when it created the Game Boy, a portable system that was able to switch between different games and which was able to connect to other Game Boys for multiplayer games. The Game Boy became a huge success and it’s only fitting that its 30th birthday is recognized.
The Game Boy turned 30 yesterday following its initial release in Japan on April 21, 1989. It is the third best-selling console in video game history. Over 115 million units have been sold and Nintendo also holds another top-three spot with the Nintendo DS. Hands down, the Game Boy inspired an entirely new generation of video game consoles and will always be a big part of gaming history.
There are two games that stand out as the top performers for the Game Boy. The first is Tetris, which was included with many of the Game Boy consoles put on the shelves and which has become the best-selling video game of all time. The second game is Pokemon Red & Blue. The Pokemon franchise also has Game Boy to thank for becoming a huge success, incorporating the console’s portability and connectivity to help it become the highest-grossing media franchise ever.
The Game Boy launched an entire line of portable consoles for Nintendo – including the Nintendo Switch – and there is still more to come. A retro Game Boy Classic system is coming and could offer games such as Super Mario Land, The Legend of Zelda and others, and would make the Game Boy a permanent part of history for both new players and those who grew up with the popular console.