When Nintendo announced the original DS (sometimes know as the "Phat") there was talk that it was a separate pillar of the Nintendo portable business, with the Game Boy to continue. The phenomenal success of the DS family, though, has meant that it's taken the place of the iconic brand, and it's hard to know if we'll ever see a new Game Boy portable from the big N.
UK newspaper the Mail on Sunday just can't let go, however, as in awarding the New Nintendo 3DS XL its 'gadget of the week' gong - over a month after it was released - it's also rather humorously called it the Game Boy 3DS XL. You can see the evidence below from former Nintendo Life and Push Square writer Katy Ellis.
It's a glorious error, and it's clear that some jut can't let the Game Boy go; as for us, we think the Game Boy and 3DS branding work better apart.
That's pretty funny.
It's funny to giggle at, but not everyone is into this stuff as we are. I'm pretty sure the Mail on Sunday's target demographic is quite different. You only have to read through this comment section to see people getting the names of things like Apple products wrong. God help us if we had to speak about something that interested the typical Mail on Sunday reader.
I find this hilarious.
I'd love to see the spaghetti storm of I had a news magazine and I misspelled some celeb's name or something.
How on earth could you get it mixed up. LOL.Always The Mail on Sunday.
You know, you probably should've made sure that you actually knew what the thing you were reviewing was actually called, because if not...you can very easily look like an idiot and people will most likely not read your review considering that you couldn't get the name right...just my advice to this Rob Waugh fellow.
I'm pretty sure we all know about the Game Boy 3DS XL by now, but what I really want a review on is the NEW Game Boy 3DS XL! Well, at least we know that this Rob Waugh guy really knows his stuff about the gaming world! I bet he could partially name every Nintendo console ever made! Like the Gamecube 64! And the Super Nintendo Entertainment Wii!
The "funny" thing is that Gameboy is actually a much better name than New 3DS (XL). Nintendo should learn to leverage the incredible brand value it already has
Lol. If this guy, Rob Waugh, uses twitter, it just blew up.
@Peach64 Are you really defending a review that didn't even get the name of the product correct? Not a small mistake either, a pretty major one. And are you really comparing a comment section to an article in a major newspaper? The writer is supposed to be informing the reader, not the other way around.
It's a better name than the actual one!
Did they use Dorkly renditions of the characters?
@NoEasyBuckets actually for once peach64 is spot on. The reviewers are just as uninformed as the avrage reader of this mess and people tend to lean twords media outlets they can relate with. Just look at fox news
For your American readers where on the journalistic spectrum does the Mail on Sunday fall? Are they more likely to cover ISIS or the Kardashians?
Bearing in mind the Mail is targeted at homophobic xenophobic bigots who want to live in a world where slavery is still legal, the original Gameboy must still be viewed as future technology!!
I still refer to my New 3DS as a Gameboy in the house...
long live the gameboy!
LOl, I see how someone could mix up the various DS systems, DSi and Lite and XL or is it LL, wait there's a NEW one? GAH! But the Game Boy has been long gone, so that's quite a weird mistake...
Anyhow, about that Gamecube U...
Pathetic, lazy journalism. But then, when has accuracy been a concern to the average Daily Mail article?
That's a good way to show you're terrible at your job.
@Peach64 Well, to be fair, if youre reporting about "the gadget of the week" you should at least do a little bit of research, even if its just a quick look at the wiki page. From there, you get the correct name for the product.
The funny thing isnt that they "accidentally" called it a GameBoy, the actual funny thing is, that these people get payed to be too lazy to even look up the name of the product on its box.
Am I the only one who knows that the "DS" productline makes sense but is not nearly as appealing as the "Gamboy" line was? ...
I really hope, that Nintendo is creating a stellar line of handhelds with the "DS"/GameBoy" line as their base ...
As A consumer I want to see what the deal is with the device I buy at first glance and knowing that said device belongs to a generational product line makes this really easy ...
The same person gave Xbox One 5/5 solely from the initial reveal in 2013.
How as a journalist can you not even get the name right of the product you're supposed to be reviewing?! embarassing!
This guy describes the New 3DS XL as "a toy for children."
I would come to the defence of that guy, since in my eyes the DS/3DS are still Game Boys with different branding, but the children's toy thing, and the "The boy is back in town" tagline are just embarrassing.
I remember when the original DS came out, I called it the GameBoy DS.
God what a total fail!
@ReshiramZekrom That's what I was thinking as well. The caption could be excused as not being added by the writer but the editors (but was likely part of the article). But to write off to the uninformed that the 3DS applies only to one demographic is a little naive.
Sounds like something a parent would do who has little to no knowledge of gaming.
Mom: "Is that the new Game boy?"
Me: "Mom, it's the New Nintendo 3DS ._. The Game boy line was finished long ago".
Mom: "They're all the same to me"
Still better than the Nintendo 3Dees
All they had to do was look at the box of the product that they were 'reviewing'... Surely that's not such a difficult thing?
And that is why I sometimes hate being British. They make unbelievably stupid mistakes, such as this. Maybe I shouldn't be surprised about this...
That person retweeted this publication's review of Monster Hunter 4 that was complete gibberish as well. Worth a look!
i find it a little insulting thay call it a "Toy for Children"... -_-
It's funny to a point. After a while it just tells us how bad people are at doing their jobs.
Still nothing compared to the LA Times headline about Nintendo's Playstation 4. http://www.inquisitr.com/1295902/nintendos-white-playstation-4-debuts-los-angeles-times/
And he has that job, why? lol joking, I don't wanna be mean.
But seriously though, very unprofessional imo.. "toy for children"?! Well I'll be darned. Misconceptions like these can be quite costly.
@Einherjar So mutch for Prure Reading a artical before Publishing Huh? yeah there is No excuse for the misstakes in the artical what so ever I dont cear if ppl say "Oh he is not well informed" Then why the HECK is he Reviuing it or Writing up an artical about it?? if he is not informed he suld do some Fing reserch Again there is ZERO Excuse for it he is ment to be a Profecinal so he suld act as sutch.
You can hardly blame them. They probably think, because of the Wii U, that Nintendos naming convention is to keep the same prefix for both handheld and console.
Just today I asked my daughter where her "Game Boy" was. She has the older 3DS XL and I have the New MM 3DSXL. I also have the old LoZ 3DSXL and a DS Lite. I started with a Game Bay.
Can you blame him for saying "toy for children" when the ads on TV are only shown on Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Cartoon Network?
Haha Daz jus funny. Would LOL if this came to my door
Someone has to give them the bad news
Katy didn't get much of a send-off huh? I didn't even know she was gone. (Though I honestly only remember seeing her a lot on PS, not on NL.)
Being in the US I was lost at "The Mail on Sunday".
What if Nintendo did ditch the extra screen and release a Game Boy for their next portable? It's an interesting concept. Wonder what it'd be like...
haha oh god! xD
@Volmun ... Oh my.
The Mail newspapers are still fascist just slightly better at hiding it these days. (The original proprietor was a good friend of Hitler's).
(looks up from playing extensive GB Virtual Console collection)
Huh? Wuzzat? I wasn't listening.
Nice job on getting some relevant sprites for the image too (though that may well have been another person entirely I know). It really doesn't take much to check this stuff :/
At least they are smarter than EA who believes this is the "4th generation" of gaming
@Mega719 That can be interpreted differently. (I would certainly include the golden of (Mainly vector) arcade games as a generation most people wouldn't and exclude the pong and Atari 2600 generations). It probably is the 4th generation of EA style tactics working.
It's still pretty lazy to publish something like this in what is supposed to be a professional publication and not take two minutes to confirm the information.
My brother calls his 3DS a Game Boy all the time, and he knows it's a 3DS. DS has always kind of been a Game Boy with 2 screens. It even played GBA games, and you can buy Game Boy on 3DS VC, so it's not that hard to make the connection. This publication obviously called the 3DS a Game Boy, without all of this mind, which would make it pretty unprofessional, otherwise, I actually agree 3DS is just a way more advanced Game Boy with 3D and 2 screens. It's all in the name, and that's basically it, because they could have easily called it a Game Boy DS or something.
All this means is that Game Boy is still the name some people think of for Nintendo's portables.
@Volmun Pretty much this. Im not expecting them to suddenly become tech savvy and know every little detail about that thing.
But getting the name of a product wrong that currently among the best selling gadgets on the market is, frankly, rather lazy indeed.
Hey, i still need to look at the back of my phone to know what model it is, because i have no clue about these things. But im also not writing an article about them. And its no witchcraft to look at the box and see "Nintendo 3DS" and not a single mention of the GameBoy anywhere.
The next thing hes going to write about is Apples MacPhone 6, you know, since Apple used to make Macs back in the day
@Kroisos They're the type that would cover ISIS and then try writing an article on Kanye Kardashian just for the ratings.
Well, since when did anyone at The Mail group of newspapers ever actually do any proper research... all they ever have is a biased diatribe about what they consider "Benefits Britain" that appeals especially to the, let's face it, not all that bright, aspiring working class. Hardly any true journalistic or other insight at all. Helping to direct the prejudices of any poor sod unlucky enough to come across it. It's not like they dig deep into issues. Sure, you can find out which celebrity is doing what or not to another and how everyone in the entire world is responsible for everything except the people reading their utter drivel. It's not a newspaper, it's a party political broadcast on behalf of the uninformed, posing as authoritative journalism. What I want to know is who the hell was reading that in the first place to be able to report on it here..? Shred it!
And I thought everyone calling the Xbox "X-BOX" looked unprofessional.
@Milton_Burle Yeah. The Daily Mail is pretty much ABC's stupidity meets Fox's bias. Not sure why anyone would waste their time with their "news."
The Daily Mail is pretty much for idiots. .
@cfgk24 Problem is the power they manage to wield over government policy. (Think some of the bad ideas were theirs originally).
@Einherjar Yeah exactly its like when ppl tern around and go at my spelling (Dislexia) im in no way profecinal but if I was id 1 have allot of help makeing sure im spelling correct and hellp with Grammer and 2 Do allot more reserch into what im talking about Also want to say the rant was in no way aimed at you lol just agreed with what you were saying and sorta blew my top lol it upsets me that ppl who make this sort of misstake and keep on making the same misstakes and get to keep there jobs yet theres some ppl out there that pore there hart into this sort of thing are terned away for the Job.
LOL! I doubt they'd know the difference between PSP and PSVita
@whodatninja You mean the Playstation Wii Definitive Edition One?
I would have expected them to say something like "New 3DS Boy Advance".
@Volmun Hey, no worries, i didnt take anything personal
Just wanted to add more to my own ranting
@whodatninja And why should they ? But they should at least look at the devices name. Thats what these blokes are payed for.
Get technical stuff wrong ? Well, no body is an expert at everything. But getting the name wrong is just lazy. It has nothing to to with being misinformed.
I'm from the original grey brick Gameboy days, so I still call it "My Gameboy".
My 9 year old son insists on correcting me and its impossible to explain. Its like saying Quick instead of NesQuick. Maybe I confused even more people, I don't know..........sigh....
@Peach64 Still, they should have gotten the name right.
2 years ago the LA times ran a headline saying "Nintendo releases Playstation 4" after the E3 conference, the bigger the blunder the funnier it is I guess.
Why do non-gaming journalism have to continue cover gaming with their disinterest and lack of research about the main subject in their articles? Good thing not all publishers are that careless.
@Discostew Yep, those are indeed the custom sprites Dorkly uses in their game parody animations.
Classic. Gameboy will never die!
How is it possible to get something like this wrong?? I refuse to understand. Yes, they're not into this as much as we are, but a simple Google search is not hard. Stupid, but funny anyway
I still call my 3DS XL and my DSLite a 'Game Boy' when I'm around my older relatives and acquaintances because whenever I say 3/DS, they don't know what the heck I'm talking about. A Game Boy is self explanatory to them I guess. It also helps that my 3DS XL case is an old Game Boy storage bag so that helps.
It is probably sexist to call it a Game Boy these days.
Maybe the next nintendo handheld should be called Gameboy DS.
@ecco6t9 I was just thinking about that this week. But you know what happens after reductive and often meaningless PC social trends? A backlash. Last time it came in the form of raunch culture (eg Paris Hilton, girls gone wild, etc). I'm genuinely concerned about the filth that will arrive in response to the trigger warning tumblr sjw collegiate word killers who would object to the term gameboy. Anyway, gameboy is a hell of a brand. If Nintendo wasn't very stupid, they would be selling super Wii's and gameboy 3d. That way, even people who don't care about games would understand what their products are.
@RedDevilAde I also call it my gameboy. Growing up with a game boy it's just easier to call it that, or just "Nintendo". "New 3ds XL" is just a mouthful when quickly referring to it.
@FLUX_CAPACITOR Thanks, mate. Was having a rough morning. Gave me a smile.
Did someone else notice how to article start?
"... the gadget that has pulled off the feat is a toy for children"
I fought the "Nintendo is for kids" stereotype for years, but I have to admit, Nintendo focuses their advertising on kids and families--to get the games to kids. They barely promote any M-rated properties they touch (Bayonetta 2 was never packed with Wii U consoles), and their fans by and large, prefer the same colorful "as if for kids" games over any of the M-rated franchises you find on other platforms.
I mean, let's face it: Nintendo and their core fanbase pretty much maintain the "Nintendo is for kids" image.
Seriously, if someone ever took some kind of pride in M-rated franchises like GTA or Call of Duty skipping a Nintendo console, said person added to that kiddie image.
@Quorthon I remember back in middle school people called me childish for liking Pokemon. Nintendo has always had the "kids" image.
Just from the little I got from the picture, the guy writing about the 3DS sounds like an complete idiot. If he looks at gaming consoles as toys for children he shouldn't open his mouth to talk about gaming in the first place.
On the other hand it would be interesting to see what he would write about i.e. PSVita. I would guess he wouldn't describe it as a toy for children, but it wouldn't surprise me if he did. Either way he comes of as pretty ignorant and lack knowledge on the subject at hand.
I would like to add that he doesn't just offend me as a Nintendo-fan, but as a gamer in general.
Gameboy 3D or Gameboy DS works but not Gameboy 3DS XL
His article does look hilariously half-assed. My only point was that this kiddie image that has plagued Nintendo for generations is kind of there for a reason--and part of that is the fans who prefer cartoony games over realism, part of it is Nintendo spending their ad money mostly on the kids and families demographic.
hehhe, ridiculous but typical for that newspaper. I'd like to tell you what I think of it but I fear I'd fall foul of comment rules in my language usage!
Ugh. It's not just the 'Gameboy 3DS' thing, but also, they describe it as a 'toy for children' and say 'Someone has finally nailed 3D' - four years after the original 3DS came out.
wow, just.....wow. O.O
@Peach64 Doesn't matter if the people who read this are as into it as we are. The problem is the people who wrote this have the device, they have the box it came in. No excuse for them to get the name wrong. They apparently don't even have enough journalistic integrity to look at the box for the correct name of the thing they're writing about.
@Dogorilla It's accurate about finally nailing 3D - 3D on the original 3D was pretty useless due to the narrow "sweet spot". I never used it before on my original 3DS and 3DS XL, but I actually use it now on the New 3DS XL because it actually works and doesn't break if I move my head slightly.
So true. People always argue Nintendo is not only for kids but Nintendo's very marketing is clearly aim towards kids and so is their philosophy.
As for the Mail I won't trust the date printed in that paper. It's a newspaper for the brain dead.
The truly sad part is that some people will probably read it and think that is the real name.
Er, yeah... I jut can't let the Game Boy go, either.
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