Handheld Revolution - The Nintendo Gameboy

After the video game crash of 1983, Nintendo introduced the home gaming system known as the Nintendo Entertainment System, which many claim single-handedly ended the crash. In 1989, Nintendo continued on the path of innovation with the Nintendo Game Boy, which gave people the power to play video games on the go. This device opened the door for the handheld market to flourish, eventually leading to such devices as the Nintendo DS and the Playstation Portable. I believe that without the creation of the Game Boy, which was an icon of the 90s, people of today wouldn't have iPhone games or smart phones, which are staples of the modern day.

The Game Boy was a major part of my childhood, especially with massive hits like Pokemon, which eventually became one of the most recognizable franchises in the world. With each new re-visioning of the Game Boy, Nintendo pushes the envelope of what handheld systems can do. With the introduction of backlighting, wireless interconnectivity, touch screen interactivity, and so on, Nintendo has brought millions of people enjoyment through their innovation, which stemmed from the original Game Boy.

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2 years ago
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I like your theory that phone games were inspired by early handheld systems. I wonder if eventually (as processing power and memory capacity for phones continue to improve and less "casual" games might be allowed) phones might squash the handheld system. Or, conversely, handheld systems might get cheap enough to get in on the phone game market (though I find this much less likely).

2 years ago
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you know your a 90s kid when you had a gameboy, and you weremone of the cool kids if you had the gameboy color. it was really the gateway to smartphones i believe because at the same time the cell phone was becoming more advanced but also i believe some reliezed that they could incorpirate other things into the cell phone like games and apps.

2 years ago
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you know your a 90s kid when you had a gameboy, and you weremone of the cool kids if you had the gameboy color. it was really the gateway to smartphones i believe because at the same time the cell phone was becoming more advanced but also i believe some reliezed that they could incorpirate other things into the cell phone like games and apps.