The Game Boy is now 25 years old -- What's your favorite memory?

Nintendo's original Game Boy launched on April 21, 1989 and has sold over 118 million units to date.

Nintendo released the original Game Boy on April 21, 1989, meaning the beloved brick-shaped portable device is now a quarter-century old.

According to the latest official numbers, Nintendo has sold over 118.69 million units (including Game Boy Pocket and Game Boy Color) to date, along with 501.11 million pieces of software.

The original Game Boy came bundled with Tetris. It wasn't the first portable gaming device on the market, but it is considered to be the first to gain mainstream appeal.

Nintendo would later release the Game Boy Advance in 2001, which would go on to sell over 81.5 million units worldwide. The company's success in the portable market continues, as the original DS line has shifted over 153 million units, while 3DS sales currently stand at nearly 43 million systems.

Did you have an original Game Boy? What's your favorite memory of the device?

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Discussion

213 comments
csward
csward

Playing Pokemon red/blue under a lamp because the screen was so hard to see. Also, swapping the batteries around to try and get just a little more play time out of it.

phbz
phbz

Best console ever. 

mimsoo
mimsoo

Nice, i'll be 25 in June too

mikeyvp87
mikeyvp87

I loved my Gameboy. Loved the games for it. Giving away my first one in hindsight was a mistake. Wish I kept it.

stevie456
stevie456

Gameboy SP was a perfect system.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

One of the best platforms I ever owned. Thank you Pokemon: Blue! Also Warriow Land and Donkey Kong Land.

LJNkickstarter
LJNkickstarter

That Batman game is my favorite one, Mario World, Yu Yu hakushu

Flamerdragon
Flamerdragon

Yes!


I begged my parents to get me one, for months and months. "No, can't afford it" " You do not need it".


One day, dad comes from work, with a surprise. He brought me a Gameboy! with Tetris!.

Friend of his, had a son he no longer wanted it, so he gave it to my dad for free!


Was in decent condition. The screen's gray frame would come off but was awesome! Had a gameboy! :D


Favourite games, Tretris, Street Fighter, Pokemon, 

HellEraser
HellEraser

Game Boy: Mortal Kombat 2, Wario Land

Game Boy Color: Pokemon

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

the original colorless gameboy was a worthless piece of plastic compared to the gameboy advance 


the gameboy advance was a true handheld 

mooooo99
mooooo99

links awekening, pokemon, mario. so many classic games on that brick. replacing batteries. what a handheld.

snaketus
snaketus

My favourite must be that I didn't have one, because I played my friends gameboy and it sucked ass imo. Stupid black and green screen, shitty graphics, shitty music. Therefore first Gameboy I bought was 3DS. Even that has shitty screen and shitty graphics.

Karchy
Karchy

Favorite memory: Playing the batteries until they were 100% dead (the display already faded away, squinting) and somehow still beeing surprised and mad when it finally shut off.

MJV1989
MJV1989

I didn't know the Game Boy was released on the day I was born... :D

tightwad34
tightwad34

My favorite memory would be when my family was on vacation with my cousin's family and we happened to be near some sort of Nintendo convention. Me and my cousin went in and were able to demo the Gameboy. This was when they were first available. Anyway, we told our parents that we wanted one. We knew it was improbable we were going to get one, but it couldn't hurt to ask. When we got back to our hotel sure enough there were two Gameboys waiting for us. Quite the surprise that was.

chadwick1343
chadwick1343

Best memories of Game Boy- Tetris, Zelda Links Awakening, Pokemon, and Mario Golf.

rey2
rey2

It was around the famicom/nes era that i got to play and usually borrow the first gameboy model from my friends. I even bought the Game Boy Color later on. But the clam type Game Boy Advance gave the best portable gaming years for me.

hystavito
hystavito

Never owned a Gameboy, I did have a Sega Game Gear but that would have been some time later.  After that I never had any handhelds until my recent purchase of a 3DS and a Vita.  I'm enjoying the 3DS, the Vita not so much.

skateryanboarde
skateryanboarde

For me, Nintendo handhelds have been primarily Pokemon machines. I've played all of the games. I'd definitely say that my favorite memory was my first trip through Johto in Pokemon Silver.

JimmyThreeBalls
JimmyThreeBalls

I still have one,and remember playing  Ren and Stimpy space cadets!!!Just pulled it out of my closet, and in that big fat thing was the Simpsons Escape from camp deadly....never actually beat it!!! LOL

Oogazi
Oogazi

cartridges that had like 50 games on them, some with 101... those were the good days 

steeldragon001
steeldragon001

Still have my original gameboy. I remember playing it (mainly pokemon red) a lot on long road trips.

lorider25
lorider25

Never had a Game Boy, but I sure pestered everyone that did to let me play it!

robertico7
robertico7

Back in the days it was the.


super mario land

Castlevania

metroid 2

pokemon yellow version

teenage mutant ninja turtles.


Oh the good memories, my childhood.


crimsonbrute
crimsonbrute moderator moderator

Wow, has it really been that long? Damn, I'm old.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

I remember getting the GBA a month before it was released and spending hours playing Legend of Zelda Oracle of Seasons and Ages. Wow I feel old now.

brxricano
brxricano

Perfect box art. "Kids, you so much as TOUCH this thing and you will feel the future!" Zero disappointment. No hype train required.


Tetris is STILL pretty outrageous.

kerrman
kerrman

Playing Tetris and Kirby for hours,  but then that fateful day when Pokemon Red came out and my life was changed forever.

spike8642
spike8642

on the greyhound from dallas to new york for christmas(i think it was like '96) i begged my mom to let me open one of my two presents. she let me and the one i happened to open was the original gameboy and it had i think power rangers with it and another game. best greyhound ride evaaaar. thanks, mah.

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

Pokemon Yellow. I'm old enough to have played the original Tetris and Mario games, but I played Pokemon the most. 

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

In 1996, I was working at a sports complex in the batting cages (most the time). Somebody left a Gameboy in the cages. I told my boss and he put up a sign. After a couple weeks he said I could keep it. I didn't argue. Nobody ever came looking for it. Thanks to whoever lost it. I had a lot of fun with it; when I could afford the batteries.

dadoesch
dadoesch

I loved Final Fantasy Adventure.  It introduced me to the world of FF.  Those were some great gaming days. 

mari2kde
mari2kde

Pokemon ? Pah ... Kiddos...


The best memories where , Tetris, Super Mario and Gargoyles Quest.

btroof
btroof

WoW Gameboy was released 1 week after i was born.... with that said Gameboy Color was my first handheld with Poke'mon crystal. Good Times

drybones41
drybones41

I still have the gameboy somewhere in the house, those things are indestructible. I don't know where the battery cover went though, it just disappeared.

raiden3788
raiden3788

Pokemon Trades/Battles? The best memory ever.

vackillers
vackillers

Legendary! that trailer is.... retro past... golden oldies...  ahhh such as childhood back then :D

Tribesmaster
Tribesmaster

Only game I remember playing on the original Gameboy was James Bond 007.

Gravelord_Nito
Gravelord_Nito

@snaketus wow, kudos to you for vision as a kid(that 3ds would come out one day) and patience in waiting for the same haha

tightwad34
tightwad34

@JimmyThreeBalls JimmyThreeBalls, LOL. I am not one for balls or ass jokes(mainly ass), but that's pretty good. Likes for you.

EMPTY-V
EMPTY-V

@steeldragon001 I never owned one but I was hooked on Pokemon when I was young and it was new. I would go through batteries daily.

skateryanboarde
skateryanboarde

@crimsonbrute  It made me feel old until I realized I was only 2 years old 25 years ago. Actually, I was ALMOST 2 years old.

ECH71
ECH71

@crimsonbrute  Yeah, this article just made me feel bad. Where did all the years go?