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Saturday, 26 April 2014

The Game Boy

The Game Boy is an 8-bit handheld video game device developed and manufactured by Nintendo. It was released in Japan on April 21, 1989, in North America in August 1989, and in Europe on September 28, 1990, meaning that it’s anniversary of its first release was on Monday!!

It is the first handheld console in the Game Boy line, and was created by Gunpei Yokoi and Nintendo Research & Development.


Some of the games the Game Boy offered were:

  • Super Mario Land

  • Alleyway

  • Baseball

  • Yakuman

  • Tetris

  • Tennis


When the Game Boy was first released it was released into Japan. It is here that all 300,000 units of stock were sold within the first two weeks. When it went over to the United States to be released it sold 40,000 units on its very first day!!


Research from 1995 stated that 46% of Game Boy’ users were female, which was much higher then any of Nintendo’s other products, proving the great popularity of the Game Boy. 


In 2009, the Game Boy was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame where it sits next to other great toys like:

  • Barbie

  • Etch A Sketch

  • Marbles

  • Monopoly

  • Mr. Potato Head

  • Silly Putty

  • Checkers

  • Jack In The Box

  • Dominoes

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