3D without glasses? No thanks. I'll take my monochrome sprites and go and have some real fun.

The Game Boy was kind of a big deal. Revolutionary, even. Console-quality games on the go? Great Scott. Let's look at what people thought of that.


  • "Game Boy promises 'any game, anywhere.' It has a 2 1/2-inch LCD screen with surprisingly clear pictures, and runs on batteries or AC. Two Game Boys can be linked with a cable to provide two-player competition."
    Rocket in Your Pocket Hand-Held Games; The Toronto Star, December 3, 1989.

2 1/2 inches! Pocket Rocket indeed.

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  • "'The software drives everything, and there is no question that the Atari (Lynx) product is superior to Game Boy,' said Larry Carlat, editor of Toy & Hobby World, a trade publication. 'But Nintendo is Nintendo and they have the marketing muscle. If something has the Nintendo name on it, it's virtually guaranteed to sell.'"
    Jube Shiver Jr.: Hardly Playing Games, Toys: It's Serious Business As Nintendo's Game Boy Goes Head To Head With Atari's Lynx (...); Los Angeles Times, November 20, 1989.

Atari does what Nintendon't! Shame it doesn't work out for them.

  • "The layout of the controls is also good. There's a cross-key joystick to manipulate the gamesters, as well as A/B buttons that enable two people to play one game."
    David Elrich: For Nintendo Fiend, Now It's Portable; St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 21, 1989.

Co-op consists of shrieking at your partner when they don't hit A and drop your gamester down a pit.

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  • "The name Game Boy not only carries echoes of Walkman, but also reminds us of the target audience for the product: game boys everywhere. But a name like this further reinforces the misguided notion that fun on a home computer is solely for adolescent males. When will we be ready for a Game Girl?"
    Dennis Lynch: Nintendo stars at the Electronics Show; Chicago Tribune, June 23, 1989.

Not for a while, mister Lynch.

  • "Game Boy is a hand-held, battery-operated video game. It includes Tetris, a puzzle game developed in the Soviet Union that challenges the player to manipulate lines and patterns, which will darken the screen when played correctly."
    Mary Evertz: OH BOY TOYS // Let the shopping begin, but be forewarned: This year's hot toys are selling fast; St. Petersburg Times, December 9, 1989.

Even the Rubik's Cube of Software goes portable. This may or may not be a Soviet plot to take over the world.

  • "To be honest, I am wondering what all the fuss is about. Pokemon is an enjoyable sojourn into the realm of RPG/strategy gaming, and the collectible idea is a nice touch, but by no means is it the best the game I have ever played—not even on the Gameboy (that honor goes to Tetris). RATING: * * * (3 stars)"
    David Canter: Pokemon by Nintendo; The San Diego Union-Tribune, October 27, 1998.

It's a passing fad.

  • "At KB Toys, spokesman John Reilly said Pokemon hasn't reached the level of a phenomenon a la Furby. But, he added, 'That's not to say Pokemon isn't hot.'"
    Chris Reidy: Watch out, Furby: 2 new Nintendo video games appear to be nearly as hot as this year's top holiday toy; The Boston Globe, December 12, 1998.

Oh. Guess Pokémon is cool after all. It's just not the Furby killer we've been waiting for.


So, portable gaming enthusiasts of Kotaku . Was the Game Boy your first? Have you caught 'em all, or did the Mew under the truck manage to elude you? Post your stories below.