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Old Man Gets Nostalgic: Game Boy

I can remember being at a summer day camp or something, and one of the other kids had a Game Boy. I think it was sometime before we actually got one ourselves. This was probably summer 1989, which is when the Game Boy was released in the US. If I remember right, the kid had Super Mario Land (which I never owned).

I’m not sure if it was around then, or later on but we got a Game Boy that year.

I didn’t have nearly as many GB games as NES or SNES games. But I still loved the games I had.

I of course had Tetris, which I probably played more than any other game on the system except maybe Super Mario Land 2. Unfortunately I never got Link’s Awakening, but back then I had to rely on other people to buy me games. I believe I had a copy of the DX GBC version much later on (when I had a GBA) though I think it got lost somewhere when I was moving.

Like with the other systems, a lot of the games I played were borrowed or rented. I remember a game called Motocross Maniacs by Konami, I would take my GB to school and play it.  Which got me yelled at by the teachers, but I didn’t care what they thought lol.

The Game Boy was the first in a long line of super successful portable systems by Nintendo, it never mattered that the competition had color screens or better graphics. My friend had a Game Gear and I don’t think he ever had anything besides whatever Sonic game came with it. BTW I think that’s still the only Sonic game I’ve ever played.

I was never able to get any of the revisions of the system, I only ever had the original. I wanted a GBC when it came out, but like usual didn’t have the money at the time. I did have a GBA and and later an SP but that was a new system completely.

The Game Boy, despite it’s weaker hardware, was an awesome system. With a LOT of great games. Like I said earlier, the competition’s “better” hardware never stood a chance. They either didn’t have the games, or had horrible battery life that made them harder to actually use as portable systems.

It started a trend, where competitors would bring out more powerful systems to compete against Nintendo’s portables and they would consistently fail to beat them. That continues today, with the 3DS.

I loved that weak little system with its green-toned screen.

snesfreak
He's been playing video games his entire life, and has gotten progressively worse at them as he's gotten older and more decrepit. He's been running this place (into the ground) since 2013. He's old. Keeps writing about Nintendo despite mountains of evidence proving he should never write anything. Very old. Lifelong Nintendo fan, doesn't care what you think about that. Did I mention how old he is? Because he's very old.
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