Today marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most popular handheld systems in history, the Nintendo Game Boy.
The Game Boy first hit Japanese shelves on April 21, 1989 and eventually went on to sell over 118 million systems by the time it was discontinued in 2003. Those numbers include both the original Game Boy as well as the Game Boy Color.
Nintendo was able to do a ton of things with their beloved handheld. They created the link cable which allowed gamers to connect with each other, very useful for a game like Pokemon. Another interesting add on was the Game Boy Camera and Printer. These kooky devices let you take and edit pictures and eventually print them out.
While the Game Boy was the most well known handheld system, it was not the first for Nintendo. That honor goes to the Game and Watch series. However this was the first time that cartridges were used for a handheld device, meaning your system wasn't linked to just one game.
One myth we always hear about the Game Boy is how it is indestructible, and the origin of the "Nintendium" word. Well at the Nintendo Store in the Manhattan, there is one Game Boy that proves this to be true, as it survived the Gulf War.
I can back those claims up as well. I have both the big grey brick Game Boy as well as a purple Game Boy Color. To this day both boot up fine, though it is certainly a major step back from the 3DS.
My earliest memory of video games comes from Easter of 1995, when as a 3-year-old I was gifted Super Mario Land. It led to an inseparable relationship between me and the durable old handheld, though I never did manage to beat the game.
Eventually of course the reign of the Game Boy ended with the release of the Game Boy Advance. And even further its namesake was dropped when Nintendo created the DS and 3DS. But that doesn't mean it still isn't an important part of Nintendo today, as its games are still being played all over the world.