Nintendo’s ground breaking handheld device turns 25 years old today and makes us all feel old.
First released in Japan on the 21st of April 1998 the Nintendo Game Boy become an instant classic in the late 80s and early 90s taking on and beating Sega’s Game Gear and Atari’s Lynx handheld devices to win the hearts of a gaming generation. On paper the Lynx and Game Gear boasted superior specs and colour screens but it was the Game Boy’s range of addictive games based on simple ideas, superior battery life and portability due to it’s smaller size that gave it a distinct advantage.
The Game Boy hit the US shortly after its debut in Japan on July 31st 1998 with the European market waiting until September 28th 1990. Incredibly the Game Boy was discontinued as recently as 2003.