Game Boy is 20 this month

Friday, 3rd April 2009 09:01 GMT By Patrick Garratt


It’s true. The original Game Boy launched on April 21, 1989, meaning you – yes, you – are officially old.

The 8-bit Game Boy family dominated portable gaming from launch until its 32-bit successor, GBA, came along in 2001.

The system was discontinued in 2003, giving it a 14-year lifespan. It sold 60 million units.

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  1. Blerk

    I’ve still got mine. Which I bought in 1989. In total, I bought a massive… three games for it. And one of them was shit.

    #1 6 years ago

    I’ve still got mine somewhere.

    Now those were the days of quality build hardware…

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Shatner

    Why do we keep ‘celebrating’ the birthday of dead things?

    Particularly things that were killed off by their makers?

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Blerk

    We still celebrate Christmas, don’t we?

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Shatner

    Do we?

    And the method by which Christmas is ‘celebrated’ these days is far from it’s intended meaning or significance.

    And, not to get too theological, with no scientific proof of the central geezer of Christmas ever existing it’s hard to claim he ever died.

    Unlike a videogame console.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. lelik

    who gives a shit as long as i get my CHRISTMAS MONEY

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Retroid

    I celebrate Annual Cash & Novelty Socks Day.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Blerk

    It’s what Jesus would have wanted.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Shatner

    /pats his C64 carefully

    It’s ok. I wasn’t talking about you. We’ll always have 1982 and the still-thriving demo scene.

    SYS 64738

    #9 6 years ago
  10. tenthousandgothsonacid

    My wooden veneer Atari vcs from 1978 is *still working fine*.

    I think I might fire it up and play river raid when I get home :)

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Shatner

    Those Atari VCS joysticks work in a C64 you know. Can’t imagine that sort of thing happening today :D

    Do you have Vanguard? That was ace.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Quiiick

    I was already officially old when the original Gameboy launched … :(

    #12 6 years ago
  13. SticKboy

    I fucking *hated* that PoS hardware. GAME GEAR RULES FOREVER!

    That said, i do really love my GameBoy Micro.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Blerk

    Did you have shares in Duracell or something? :-D

    #14 6 years ago

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