Nintendo’s Game Boy Turns 25; Yes You’re Getting Old
Nintendo launched its Game Boy to retail on April 21, 1989, and back then, all those traits we listed above were pretty cutting edge for a mobile device. For its time, it offered gaming-on-the-go that didn't suck, unlike those faux handhelds at Toys R Us that were little more than one-trick ponies.
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, The Guardian put together a list of 25 fun facts about the handheld that transformed mobile gaming. You might not know it, but Nintendo's Game Boy played a big role in making Tetris as popular as it is. Prior to the Game Boy's launch, Tetris saw moderate success on the PC, but would go on to become a household name after Nintendo began bundling it with the Game Boy. Tetris would go on to sell 35 million copies on the early platform.
If you are or were a Pokemon fan, you also have the Game Boy to thank. Prior to becoming a hit cartoon series, Pokemon was winning over fans on the Game Boy.
One reason for the Game Boy's success was its price point. It debuted at $89.99, which was significantly cheaper than the Atari Lynx -- it sold for around $179.99. And despite its name, female gamers flocked to the handheld as well -- Nintendo says that 46 percent of Game Boy users were female in 1995.
Did you ever own a Game Boy? What's your favorite gaming memory from the era?