The Nintendo Game Boy (ゲームボーイ, Gēmu Bōi?), is an 8-bit handheld video game device developed and manufactured by Nintendo. It was released in Japan on April 21, 1989 (1989-04-21), in North America in August 1989 (1989-08), and in Europe on September 28, 1990 (1990-09-28). It is the first handheld console in the Game Boy line, and was created by Gunpei Yokoi and Nintendo Research & Development 1—the same staff who had designed the Game & Watch series as well as several popular games for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
The Game Boy is Nintendo's second handheld system following the Game & Watch series introduced in 1980, and it combined features from both the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game & Watch. It was originally bundled with the puzzle game Tetris.
Despite many other technologically superior handheld consoles introduced during its lifetime, the Game Boy was a tremendous success. The Game Boy and Game Boy Color combined have sold 118.69 million units worldwide. Upon its release in the United States, it sold its entire shipment of one million units within weeks.
Famous quotes containing the words game and/or boy:
“My first big mistake was made when, in a moment of weakness, I consented to learn the game; for a man who can frankly say I do not play bridge is allowed to go over in the corner and run the pianola by himself, while the poor neophyte, no matter how much he may protest that he isnt at all a good player, in fact Im perfectly rotten, is never believed, but dragged into a game where it is discovered, too late, that he spoke the truth.”
—Robert Benchley (18891945)
“Am I not father, too, and the ascending boy,
The boy of woman and the wanton starer
Marking the flesh and summer in the bay?”
—Dylan Thomas (19141953)