Easter falls on April 21st in 2019, which means that the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is going to overshadow the 30th anniversary of the birth of the savior of Nintendo – the Game Boy.
Nintendo’s first major success as a video game company was with their line of Game & Watch consoles, but they could only play whatever games were tied to the system. The same team that worked on the Game & Watch systems would go on to make the Game Boy, which was a portable system that could switch games and could connect to other Game Boys using a link cable for multiplayer action. The Game Boy would go on to be a huge hit for Nintendo and it’s still the third best-selling video game console of all time, with over 115 million units sold. The only Nintendo system to sell more units than the Game Boy is the Nintendo DS.
The Nintendo Game Boy was first released in Japan on April 21, 1989, which makes today the thirtieth anniversary of the release of the system. The Game Boy helped to inspire the creation of Nintendo’s line-up of portable systems and its legacy in the video game industry cannot be understated. The portable gaming market owes a great deal to the risks that Nintendo took with the Game Boy and how it became a success despite the fact that it had inferior hardware than its competitors.
The most important games to the Game Boy’s legacy are Tetris and Pokémon Red & Blue. Tetris was bundled with a lot of Game Boys and it was considered to be the killer app of the system for many years, which helped Tetris to become the best-selling video game of all time. The Pokémon franchise was born on the Game Boy and it used the system’s portability and link cable functionality to amazing effect, which helped Pokémon to become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time. Pokémon is dear to the hearts of many people and it would never have found its audience without the Game Boy.
The Game Boy helped to inspire Nintendo’s portable systems going forward (including the Nintendo Switch), but the legacy of the system might not be over just yet. Nintendo had a lot of success with their line of retro consoles and the Game Boy seems like a natural fit for a portable mini system. A Game Boy Classic system featuring the likes of Pokémon Red & Blue, Super Mario Land, and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening has a lot of potential for success and could help to cement the legacy of the system in the minds of a new generation of gamers, as well as allowing those who grew up with the Game Boy to see the world in shades of green and yellow once more.
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