The Game Boy released on April 21, 1989 in Japan, with a North American release following a few months later. As Nintendo's first handheld console, it found success thanks to its competitive price and a duo of strong release titles Super Mario Land and Tetris.

During its life, the Game Boy received two revisions — the Game Boy Pocket featured a sleeker design, while the Japan-only Game Boy Light had backlight support. The latter was notable, since the standard Game Boy was notorious for being hard to view unless in direct sunlight (something that would also be the case for its successors).


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The Most Unique Versions of Pikachu

Over the years, Pokémon's iconic mascot Pikachu has had a ton of different looks. While the main Pikachu in the anime has had a pretty standard look, there have been several others through the anime…

February 28, 2023 | 01:00 EST

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Ed Boon Reveals More Mortal Kombat History and the Problems with Raiden's Hat

Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon continues to reveal more about the game's history for its 30th anniversary. This time, he talks about the trials and tribulations surrounding Raiden's hat. No, really…

May 4, 2022 | 04:09 EDT

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The Worst Legendary Pokemon

Legendary Pokemon always have a certain air around them, sporting some of the most gregarious and out-there designs in the entire franchise. The more creative they try to be, the higher the risk of…

April 19, 2022 | 08:21 EDT

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The Best Legendary Pokemon

When it comes to the Pokemon franchise, legendary Pokemon are in a class of their own. Along with the more elusive mythical Pokemon, legendaries represent some of the strongest creatures in the…

March 8, 2021 | 12:30 EST

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Pokemon Pink was the Creature-Catching Game That Never Happened

There have been a lot of Pokemon games over the years. Even the "first" game ended up having four distinct versions (Pokemon Red and Blue, Green, and eventuallyYellow), but you may be surprised to…

April 13, 2020 | 05:03 EDT

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This Street Fighter II Arcade Machine Is A Knockout Punch

Like most people who grew up in the 90s and early millennium, the dream of having an arcade at home isn’t an uncommon one. While modern consoles, smartphones, and practically anything with a screen…

November 7, 2019 | 12:00 EST

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Street Fighter II

Street Fighter II is one of the series most prolific titles in which you travel the world beating up caricatures of various people from a diverse set of backgrounds, ethnicities, and martial arts…

September 5, 2020 | 10:03 EDT

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Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition

Embark on a special Pokémon journey with a very special friend, Pikachu! Inspired by the smash hit Pokémon anime, Pokémon Yellow has Pikachu as a special member of your team, as you battle through…

October 6, 2019 | 07:12 EDT

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Pokémon Red and Blue

Gotta Catch Em All  on the Nintendo Game Boy with Pokémon Red and Blue. These classic RPG has you collect over 150 unique monsters, called Pokémon, to do battle and trade with your friends, your…

October 6, 2019 | 07:02 EDT