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Old 04-06-2009, 03:12 AM   #1
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Game Boy 20 years old this month

April is one of those mixed bags. We have the glory that is April fools (which no one seems to do anymore), and the curse that is Easter (when my brothers and sisters drag me into church every E. Sunday). But this April is different: For this April 20 years ago, the Game Boy, the anchor that kept Nintendo in the console race for some time, was released.

That's right. Two decades ago this month, Nintendo went portable with the underpowered, almost toy-like Game Boy. In the process, they didn't merely launch one of the longest-lived systems ever; they didn't simply debut one of the best-selling platforms to date; they also established the backbone of their business, a failsafe source of income that would hold them steady as their console business struggled to stay ahead of Sega and Sony over the course of the coming decades. Without Game Boy, Nintendo probably would have gone the way of Sega some time ago, reduced to a peddler of third-party products for someone else's machines. Instead, the Game Boy maintained a blurry, greenish empire of pure profit that kept the company in the black through some rough days, buying the company enough time to reinvent itself with the Wii and DS.

And the funny thing is: It was so simple. It used processing chips that were state of the art in the mid 70's. It screen looks like puke (to the imaginative mind) and its success can also be attributed to the fact that whilst the Lynx had arcade ports and the Game Gear was a portable Master System, the Game Boy's killer app was....falling bricks. And maybe a plumber or Pikachu thrown in here or there

It's interesting to note that when Nintendo strays from the underlying philosophy of the Game Boy, trying to compete on raw power alone, it rarely succeeds: the Super NES only outsold the Genesis because of Sega's incompetence, the N64 and PS1 story is one forever immortalized the failure of Carts, and the GameCube was assumed by most to be a sure sign of Nintendo's looming demise. Once the company stopped trying to keep up with the competition and instead returned to making systems that, like Game Boy, were merely good enough, its fortunes quickly turned around.
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Old 04-06-2009, 12:22 PM   #2
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Old 04-06-2009, 12:34 PM   #3
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It's interesting to note that when Nintendo strays from the underlying philosophy of the Game Boy, trying to compete on raw power alone, it rarely succeeds: the Super NES only outsold the Genesis because of Sega's incompetence, the N64 and PS1 story is one forever immortalized the failure of Carts, and the GameCube was assumed by most to be a sure sign of Nintendo's looming demise. Once the company stopped trying to keep up with the competition and instead returned to making systems that, like Game Boy, were merely good enough, its fortunes quickly turned around.
There are so many things wrong with this that I don't know where to begin. I thought you were my age, but clearly, you haven't been following the console wars that long.

Maybe I'll get back to this thread after I get some work done.
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Its so hard to believe that its been 20 years since the GameBoy first came out. I still have my old gray GameBoy in it's GameBoy shaped carrying case. So many good times with it.
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Its so hard to believe that its been 20 years since the GameBoy first came out. I still have my old gray GameBoy in it's GameBoy shaped carrying case. So many good times with it.

Wow 20 years huh? Hey I have that too! lol The problem is that the screen is messed up (it has a line or something going across the screen vertically). And also when I turn it on, it doesn't always turn on.
=( Which is sad cuz I miss playing the GameBoy. That's y I hope the rumor is true about the DSi getting virtual console so we can download old GB games!
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I've still got my Gameboy....Man....20 years....I'll celebrate since I'm a big Nintendo fan.

I'm not 20 years old but got this item as a gift.



I remember when the Wii first came out.

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