Happy Birthday Game Boy!

Twenty years ago today, the original Game Boy first went on sale in Japan. What better way to pay tribute than with a series of cheesy retro ads.

Advertisement

Advertisement

The Game Boy was created by Nintendo's Gunpei Yokoi, who also created the company Game & Watch handhelds. Worldwide, the Game Boy and its later iteration Game Boy Color have sold 118.69 units. Nintendo produced a variety of accessories for the portable, including Game Boy Camera.

ゲームボーイ生誕20周年記念 CM編 [Inside]

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

What??!! No Tetris ads? Sadly, I never got to play it on the Game Boy, but I've played many other versions after the original. I still have my original Game Boy, sitting in a closed cabinet shelf with a bunch of books and junk on top of it, under my bedroom TV. I'm sure it probably still works if I can find some batteries for it! One of my parents probably took them out years ago, and I haven't looked back since. Donkey Kong for the GB may have been the first game I ever played! That, or F-Race. I'm ashamed I haven't used the GBA slot in my DS for quite some time.

Yoshi's Island GBA (not to be confused with the remake, Yoshi's Island DS) has been sitting in the GBA slot of my original DS for at least a year. That's special to me because the original game Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island on the SNES was the first console game I ever played! My Granny got it for me when we were still living close by her in London, KY. I loved playing that game! I was afraid of those big "Chomp-Chomps" for the longest time, but not as afraid as I was of the giant version of Baby Bowser on the final boss battle!

I really want to play all of my old GB/GBC/GBA games now! If I can find them...