Staff Writerturned 25 years old yesterday. The little gray brick that could was not only the first Game Boy that Nintendo had ever produced, but the first handheld system that the games company released ever in their expansive and illustrious history. Nintendo’s great success with handhelds has continued through the years to today with their current gen offering, the 3DS. One should remember that the Game Boy sparked much more than just a line of products that practically sold themselves for a corporation’s personal victories, but that it sparked a humongous cultural revolution. For a product that was initially labeled as “underpowered” and “terrible” in its design choices, it sure was no wonder why every sensible kid both young and old at the time begged their parents for it. Even Will Smith famously mentioned it during one of his most memorable scenes as Agent J in the sci-fi film, Men in Black II! It’s a testament to the genius of the late Gunpei Yokoi, who not only created the Game Boy from the ground-up, he also fronted the project to bring his vision to fruition. Lightning struck again 15 years after the Game Boy when Nintendo released the first of its DS family based on Yokoi’s lateral way of thinking. The dual-screened handheld went on to outsell its predecessor with a whopping total of around 153 million units sold. So, let’s take a moment to celebrate not only the Game Boy, but its creator, and the massive legacy he has left which still looms high over game development processes to this day. Here’s to you, Game Boy! And here’s to you, Mr. Yokoi! Now, let’s all promise ourselves to do something productive today by getting out our old Game Boys and finally itching that Pokémon Yellow-induced scratch.
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