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Game Boy 25th Anniversary: Final thoughts on the system

This is a yellow GBC.

Celebrating the Game Boy's 25th Anniversary this month has been a blast. It brought back nostalgic memories that inspired this writer to research the more obscure titles in the Game Boy’s library. With more time, this writer would have loved to continue, but it’s time to move past the Game Boy. That is, after this one last look back.

Several readers wrote in to share their memories of the system as well. Rather than repeat what was said in this compiled video, let's go over the common themes. Out of this small survey of people, Pokémon primarily topped the charts. It, without a doubt, is the most beloved series on the Game Boy from the originals to the sequels. Without a doubt, Pokémon is Nintendo’s most successful franchise to this day.

Thinking back on things, the way teachers and adults called Pokémon a fad, seemed logical. There were a myriad of random toys that fell in and out of popularity as fast as they arrived. This writer never imagined it would still be as popular as it was back then. There’s just no stopping Pokémon, for better or worse. That said, those thoughts can be read another day.

As to other games mentioned, Tetris and Zelda were the other two most popular picks. There were a couple of other random games in the mix as well which spells out just how vast the library was for the system. Sure one could pick a handful of titles that were amazing on the Game Boy back in the day, but a lot of them are hard recommendations today. For example, as cool as it was to play Mario on the go in Super Mario Land, it’s a bit hard to go back to today. The system had a lot of limitations.

All in all though, no matter what the state of its game library, no one can deny the Game Boy’s influence in the history of gaming. Video game portability remains alive well today from the PS Vita, 3DS, and even mobile phones. It’s all thanks to the creator, Gunpei Yokoi, for paving the way. It’s just a shame he isn’t alive today to celebrate his creation as well.

For a special anniversary video sharing reader memories, head over to the accompanying YouTube Channel, ReActionExaminer, for it and other great video game related videos.

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