The Nintendo Game Boy is a birthday boy today as it celebrates its 25th birthday today. The portable game is 25 years old. It was on this very day 25 years ago – April 21, 1989 that the game was launched.
The trailblazing game is keeping itself alive and kicking in an era where the latest technologies with Smartphones and innumerable addictive superfine games have taken the world by storm and it is just a formality to mention that it is a franchisee today.
The very mention of Nintendo Game Boy is enough to send the gaming enthusiasts down the memory line. The Japanese company had come up with the 8-bit game 25 years back.
The game is also popularly tagged as ‘handy game machine’. When the game was launched, little did anyone know that it would turn out to be the one that changed all the equations of the console-based gaming.
The portable gaming of the Nintendo Game Boy can be compared with the Sony Walkman that was also one of its kind revolutions in the world of mobile music.
And who would forget the Super Mario and the Donkey Kong? Even they are global franchises today. Changing the games was also made extremely easy – by just inserting small cartridges in the handsets.
Nintendo did start itself as a company that manufactured gaming cards. Soon, the name was synonymous with global videogame giant.
Greater than life size
There is no doubt that Nintendo Game Boy has become greater than life size and was the pioneer in portable gaming. And that was a welcome move for the teenagers and game enthusiast as they could easy escape punishment.
However, mobility in this game wasn’t its only USP. Users were able to connect with another gamer via link cable. That was just the start of online gaming network, where millions of gamers are now using it.
Nintendo Game Boy sales
The game may have been discontinued now. However, when it was on its peak, there were humongous sales. The game sold 119 million copies of the original game consoles. Also around 81.5 million copies of the next generation of Game Boy Advance series was brought out in 2001.