Nintendo’s Original Game Boy Turns 25 Today. Feel Old Yet?

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Let’s all celebrate the 25th anniversary of Nintendo’s spinach-screened handheld that gave us a new found appreciation for light sources, helped us make new friends by linking up Pokemon Red, and eventually Pokevolved in to the giant we know now as the 3DS. 

I remember the day I received the original Game Boy, struggling to catch the perfect ray of light so I could actually figure out what in the hell to do with Tetris. In retrospect I could go back and slap myself for not figuring out how to make lines out of block shapes, but it’s still a fond memory in a masochistic sort of way. It’s also a reminder that I’m 32 years old. Thanks Nintendo.

What’s your favorite Game Boy memory or game? Let us know in the comments!

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gamercard Bradley Keene is an avid gamer & aspiring writer from Baltimore, MD that handles news, reviews and editing here at What’s Your Tag?. If he’s not writing or knee-deep in a video game, he’s usually watching low-budget horror films or following Orioles baseball. Follow him on TwitterTwitch or contact him by e-mail. Love gaming? Join TEAM XBRO today!

27 comments

  1. Link’s Awakening is my favorite Gameboy title. It’s impressive how much they crammed into the cartridge given the system’s limitations.

  2. I certainly feel old. The Game Boy launched only a few months before my 12th birthday. I didn’t get one for years though, in part because of the price of the system. Still, I frequently played on friends’ when hanging out. Some of the system highlights for me were Donkey Kong 94, The 1995 down port of Super Street Fighter II (It wasn’t particularly good. But from a “Wow they got this to run at all” standpoint it was a success.), The Classic Mega Man side games, Obviously the Super Mario, Zelda, entries. Metroid II, Tetris. There were a lot of memorable game paks put out for the GB. Then as the system seemed like it was getting tired came Poke’mon. There’s no question it revitalized the system for another generation of gamers.

    1. Aside from the obvious Nintendo games, I played the hell out of a Castlevania game that was super, super hard. The Street Fighter downport was pretty decent, and definitely a step up from the awful Mortal Kombat port on the Tiger Game.Com.

  3. ugh. old indeed. Feels like only yesterday I was dicking around on my gameboy! Super Mario was my lyf.

    Ms Fenster (the other half) still remembers playing on her Sega Megadrive!

    1. Yeah, I can’t believe it was 25 years ago that I got the GB and Tetris for Christmas. That, Super Mario Land and there was a Castlevania that came out that I used to play a lot.

    1. The old Game Boy and Game Gear were so much fun back in the day, but trying to play them now with all of that screen blur is pretty terrible lol.

  4. I definitely feel old. I had one, but then the Advance came out and I got that… and the consoles gp on til my 3DS XL.

    1. Let’s not forget about all of the add-ons you could get, too! The magnification screen, the cobra light so you could play it in the dark, the weird robot arm things that just acted as a dust cover. The list goes on.

  5. Reblogged this on BOBBO'S BLOCK and commented:
    Man, this really takes me back. I didn’t realize that I’m only one year older than the original Gameboy.

    Just think that device is a quarter of a century old, do you have any idea what this means? We’re coming up on a century of gaming soon. This is a pivotal moment of Geek-story. So let’s sit back and enjoy…

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