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Nintendo's Game Boy handheld gaming device is 25 years old

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As reported by Engadget and seen elsewhere, it is true: Nintendo's much-beloved Game Boy, that original portable video gaming system, became available for purchase in Japan on April 21, 1989. The new release achieved popularity right away, selling all 300,000 initial units within their first two weeks of availability.

Decades before portable gaming would become prominent as the territory of smartphones, tablets, and other technological wonders, Nintendo's Game Boy would lay the foundation for portable-gaming supremacy for generations to come. Classic cartridges like Tetris were played by millions, as players were finally able to take their digital domains with them wherever they went.

The legacy of Nintendo's Game Boy brand would forge onward in future iterations; at first, this meant items like the Game Boy Pocket, which played the same range of game carts but in a smaller case with a higher-fidelity display. Later, the DS would introduce portable gamers to touchscreen mechanics, while the 3DS would even allow for three-dimensional display without the use of gimmicky glasses.

Legendary Nintendo flagship characters such as Mario, Link, Pikachu, Samus, and Kirby have all enjoyed various adventures across the Game Boy brand of portable gaming systems. Long live the little screen.


Eric Bailey blogs at, where he is reviewing every American-released NES video game. He also serves as Editor-In-Chief of retro gaming features site, and can be followed on Twitter @Nintendo_Legend.

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