Original Gameboy turns 20 years old!
Posted by Renato Velarde
Where were you when you first got ruined by a girl in Tetris? holding a Gameboy back in 89, no doubt!
You already know this if you had your first kiss while playing a Gameboy, or perhaps you passed your first drivers ed test while playing a Gameboy, or fought your first battle with a Gameboy under your flak jacket. Twenty years ago this month the Nintendo Gameboy was released so if you’re reading this now you've probably it at one time or at least saw one in your grandfathers’ gun closet.
Back then anybody with about 110 bucks, or easy parents could pick one up along with the pack in game, Tetris, which may be the most solid proof available that it’s the games that make the system not the specs. Despite many technically superior alternatives over the years the Gameboy and Gameboy color went on to dominate the hand held market selling almost 120 million units worldwide until another finally challenged it’s stronghold in 2001… Gameboy Advance, then Gameboy SP, Gameboy Micro, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi… you get the idea.
Nintendo has done pretty well with handhelds and this month the little guy celebrates 20 with the launch of it’s great , the DSi.
Isn’t it nice to think that this much later we’re getting great new hardware from the same people that brought us the most reliable original? Wouldn’t it be great if we could say the same for the automobile?