April 21, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Nintendo’s Game Boy, the handheld device that changed the world.

game-boy-colorReleased in 1989, and cited then as a ‘handy game machine’, who knew it would turn the console-based industry on its head by revolutionizing portable gaming? At one point, portable gaming was synonymous with the Game Boy, akin to what the Walkman did for mobile music.

game-boy-advanceNintendo’s famous device moved 119 million units over its lifetime, followed by another 81.5 million units of the next-generation Game Boy Advance series, which launched in 2001. The evolution continued with the dual-screened Nintendo DS consoles, and into the current line of 3DS. It would be fair to say that the Game Boy laid the foundation for what we call portable gaming today.

game-boy-advance-spUnfortunately it seems that Nintendo has no commemorative events planned for the Game Boy, however its legacy lives on every time we pick up a mobile device and play a game.

Here’s a quick recap of Nintendo’s portable Game Boy line of consoles.

  • Game Boy (1989)
  • Game Boy Pocket (1996)
  • Game Boy Color (1998)
  • Game Boy Advance (2001)
  • Game Boy Advance SP (2003)
  • Game Boy Micro (2005)

Did you own a Game Boy, or one it’s many iterations? Let us know your fond memories in the comments section.