The Nintendo Game Boy was released on April 21, 1989 in Japan, and today marks the iconic handheld video game console’s 25th birthday.
One of the first devices of its kind, the now clunky machine allowed anyone to play video games on the go, and it sold around 25 million units by 1992.
Years later, Nintendo would launch the Game Boy Color, and a number of different devices up to the 3DS of today.
Currently a trending topic on Facebook, social media went old school to remember the world’s original favorite handheld video game console:
@Kotaku after seeing it on display for ages finally having a #gameboy with Tetris and getting the rocket ending for the first time!
— Reinier E. (@Reintji) April 21, 2014
happy 25th birthday gameboy. thanks for getting me through all those long family trips and boring family functions
— Woke in Progress (@laurenisdope) April 21, 2014
The Gameboy is 25 years old today. Brought me hours and hours of fun when I was a kid. Tetris and Mario 6 Golden Coins are classics
— NatNat (@nats626) April 21, 2014
Combined with the Game Boy Color, to date Nintendo has sold around 120 million units worldwide, and continues to be the leader in handheld video gaming.
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