source Nintendo Nintendo’s future is almost here. It’s called the Switch, and, true to its name, it blurs the line between home console and portable gaming machine. We can’t say how good it’ll be just yet, but on concept alone, it looks neat. This is far from the first time we’ve said that about a Nintendo console. The Japanese giant has earned legendary status among gaming fans for making machines – and a whole lot of games – that aren’t quite like their peers. Some of those have brought massive success; others have led to total failure. Wherever the Switch lands on that spectrum, it appears to continue the company’s penchant for doing its own thing. To show what we mean, here’s a quick look back at the hardware Nintendo has released over the years. Before there was the NES, there was the Color TV-Game. Nintendo first dipped its toes into console gaming by launching five of these rectangles between 1977 and … [Read more...] about A visual history of Nintendo’s video game consoles
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Update: It's not everyday a Hall of Fame toy reaches a milestone, but April 21 happens to be an exception. On this day in 1989, handheld video games changed forever with the introduction of a gray, boxy machine capable of making puke-green memories that last a lifetime. Maybe today's kids will never know the pure wonder of Game Boy (it's kinda like a Switch!), but the rest of us can never forget it. So on the device's 30th birthday, we're resurfacing our original homage to Game Boy from when the beloved Nintendo handheld turned 20 back in 2009. The time references have been changed to reflect today, but otherwise the story below appears as it originally did on April 20, 2009. Thirty years ago this week, Nintendo released the Game Boy, its first handheld video game console. Excited Japanese customers snatched up the innovative monochrome handheld by the thousands, which retailed for 12,500 yen (about $94 at 1989 rates) at launch—a small price to pay for what seemed to be an NES in … [Read more...] about Happy 30th B-Day, Game Boy: Here are six reasons why you’re #1
The Game Boy was the most dominant line of products in the history of video games. Every iteration of Game Boy faced several competitors, often with greater technical capabilities. Yet, every time, Nintendo won out. This week marks three straight decades of handheld gaming supremacy from Kyoto. How did Nintendo do it? Over the past 30 years, it’s been pretty much the same story. Nintendo has competed the exact same way it always has: on price, simplicity, and sheer quality of its games. Take the Atari Lynx. Released just a few months after the Game Boy, it was technically superior in almost every way. It had a backlit color screen, and it was based around 16-bit architecture, making launch titles like Blue Lightning look impressive even next to the home consoles of the day. But at $179.99, the Lynx cost nearly twice as much as the Game Boy, and the games just weren’t there. Two more major color-screen competitors to the Game Boy emerged the following year. Sega’s … [Read more...] about Only Nintendo could kill the Game Boy
Handheld gaming is a luxury that many take for granted in the modern age. From our smartphones, to home console hybrids such as the Nintendo Switch, gaming on the go has never been easier. However, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the console industry took a long time to get the formula for portable gaming right. From battery hungry machines to impractically sized designs, it quickly became apparent that for pocket sized gaming to be achievable, the correct compromises had to be made. It wasn’t until the Nintendo Game Boy made its debut in 1989 that gamers could finally play their games both practically and portably, changing the industry as we know it.Nintendo’s legendary gray brick had many qualities that gave it the advantage over its competition; longer battery life, a large library of games and a comfortable form factor all made it a gamers favorite travelling companion. Despite the Game Boy brand being discontinued, its appeal still resonates throughout gaming … [Read more...] about How to mod your Game Boy and Game Boy Advance
OLD tech is having a boom in resale value as children of the 80s and 90s look to relive their youth. Here's what your old Gameboy could get you if you are done with playing it and want to make a bit of dosh. How much is an original Game Boy worth? If you've got an old Gameboy knocking about then you could be set to make a tidy profit. When the original grey handheld games console was launched by Nintendo in 1989 it cost £67.40. It featured a distinctive black and green LCD screen and a slot for players to inset "game cartridges" into the back. Now, 29 years later fans of the gadget are selling them on eBay. Of course, those that have never been played and are in sealed boxes are worth the most money. And while we feel sad to see a Game Boy that has never been played one seller managed to flog the console for £260. Even if you've got a used gadget you could still sell it on for a fair chunk of cash. One seller flogged their used Gameboy, including 12 games, for £215 last … [Read more...] about How much is an original Game Boy worth and is the special edition Game Boy Light more valuable?