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Happy 25th Birthday, Game Boy ⊟
What a great system you were. This artwork from Eliran Cohen reminds me so much of my experience with the Game Boy, absolutely immersed in whatever I was playing, no matter where I was.
If you haven’t read it yet, USgamer published a wonderful article celebrating the Game Boy, which JC and I contributed to. Here’s a scrap I wrote for it:

My memories playing Game Boy remain vivid, and remembering them now, you couldn’t have them with a home console. Backtracking around Metroid II during a long, turbulent flight over the Pacific. Having my mind blown when I first started Final Fantasy Adventure in the back of my aunt’s Monte Carlo, when your hero gets thrown off the cliff. Jumping through Elec Man’s stage in Dr. Wily’s Revenge, in between eating chicken nuggets at a Chinese food restaurant while my mom gossiped with her friends.
I still return to Link’s Awakening every few years, spending an afternoon by a window. I’m always trying to recapture the days I’d explore Koholint Island, hiding under the dinner table, hidden so no one could bother me and break the immersion but peeking out just enough so the sun could still warm my skin. If I could still fit in them, I’d probably try playing games in a laundry hamper again, too.

Feel free to share your Game Boy memories and birthday wishes!
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Happy 25th Birthday, Game Boy ⊟

What a great system you were. This artwork from Eliran Cohen reminds me so much of my experience with the Game Boy, absolutely immersed in whatever I was playing, no matter where I was.

If you haven’t read it yet, USgamer published a wonderful article celebrating the Game Boy, which JC and I contributed to. Here’s a scrap I wrote for it:

My memories playing Game Boy remain vivid, and remembering them now, you couldn’t have them with a home console. Backtracking around Metroid II during a long, turbulent flight over the Pacific. Having my mind blown when I first started Final Fantasy Adventure in the back of my aunt’s Monte Carlo, when your hero gets thrown off the cliff. Jumping through Elec Man’s stage in Dr. Wily’s Revenge, in between eating chicken nuggets at a Chinese food restaurant while my mom gossiped with her friends.

I still return to Link’s Awakening every few years, spending an afternoon by a window. I’m always trying to recapture the days I’d explore Koholint Island, hiding under the dinner table, hidden so no one could bother me and break the immersion but peeking out just enough so the sun could still warm my skin. If I could still fit in them, I’d probably try playing games in a laundry hamper again, too.

Feel free to share your Game Boy memories and birthday wishes!

SEE ALSO More handholding posts (our handheld gamer photo series)
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Before the 3DS Game Card Case… ⊟
We carried our portable games around like this. Or we just left those plastic cartridges loose in our bags. How did you carry yours around?
It’s rad that we can now fit 18 3DS games in a slightly larger space than what we’d need to hold four Game Boy cartridges back in the day. Props to Kombat Kat for the pic.
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Before the 3DS Game Card Case… ⊟

We carried our portable games around like this. Or we just left those plastic cartridges loose in our bags. How did you carry yours around?

It’s rad that we can now fit 18 3DS games in a slightly larger space than what we’d need to hold four Game Boy cartridges back in the day. Props to Kombat Kat for the pic.

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Yes, there was a calculator for Game Boy ⊟

Long before iOS apps, or even DS “non-games,” the Infogenius series cornered the then-nonexistent market for productivity software on handheld game consoles. Seen above is Spell Checker and Calculator, but Frommer’s Travel Guide, Spanish Translator, French Translator, and Personal Organizer and Phone Book were also sold in 1991.

The most remarkable InfoGenius cart is the Personal Organizer,” according to a ubiquitous column by Chip and Jonathan Carter (seriously, I’ve found it in like five different newspapers). “Simple Game Boy controls let you store names, addresses and phone numbers. You can keep track of appointments and events with the day planner and find dates through the year 2000 with a calendar.”

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The Game Boy Legacy: A 25th Anniversary Celebration ⊟
Ahead of the Game Boy’s 25th birthday (it debuted in Japan on April 21, 1989), USgamers Jeremy Parish published a magnificent retrospective on the handheld. It’s a great tribute to the underpowered portable and its father Gunpei Yokoi, and I’m not just saying that because JC and I contributed a handful of words to the piece! Go read it here.
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The Game Boy Legacy: A 25th Anniversary Celebration 

Ahead of the Game Boy’s 25th birthday (it debuted in Japan on April 21, 1989), USgamers Jeremy Parish published a magnificent retrospective on the handheld. It’s a great tribute to the underpowered portable and its father Gunpei Yokoi, and I’m not just saying that because JC and I contributed a handful of words to the piece! Go read it here.

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Mega Man Game Boy games coming to VC in May ⊟
Capcom announced plans to put all the unreleased Mega Man Game Boy games on Virtual Console throughout the month of “Mega May.” That means Mega Man 2, 3, 4, 5, Xtreme, and Xtreme 2, which is way more VC games than usually come out in a month.
There’s a poll on Capcom-Unity to determine which of those will come out first. I just voted for 2 because why would you release them out of order? Why would you do that. They have numbers on them. (For real, I’m not complaining – anyone who puts any number of VC games on 3DS is doing all right by me)
The comments on that post are, as comments tend to be, way overreaching, with people requesting new games, Battle Network games, or new Battle Network games instead of the emulated Game Boy games that are actually happening.
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Mega Man Game Boy games coming to VC in May ⊟

Capcom announced plans to put all the unreleased Mega Man Game Boy games on Virtual Console throughout the month of “Mega May.” That means Mega Man 2, 3, 4, 5, Xtreme, and Xtreme 2, which is way more VC games than usually come out in a month.

There’s a poll on Capcom-Unity to determine which of those will come out first. I just voted for 2 because why would you release them out of order? Why would you do that. They have numbers on them. (For real, I’m not complaining – anyone who puts any number of VC games on 3DS is doing all right by me)

The comments on that post are, as comments tend to be, way overreaching, with people requesting new games, Battle Network games, or new Battle Network games instead of the emulated Game Boy games that are actually happening.

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This Game Boy has seen better days ⊟

Nate-Alig meant to paint this and create a whole series of marred consoles, but it sounds like an injury kept him from completing the project. Presumably the Game Boy still works — I mean, if the system can survive a Gulf War bombing and still load up Tetris fine, these nicks shouldn’t faze the old brick.

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How does it feel being the new Pokémon Champion? ⊟

16 days, 7 hours, 45 minutes, and 33 seconds later, it’s finally over.. There’s a lot of fanart commemorating the end of Twitch Plays Pokémon, but this one from Kiyokon is my favorite.

Here are more pieces that I saw reblogged on Hatsuu’s Tumblr: Xie, Garmmy, Renee, and Melanie.

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Kirby: Roly-Poly Little Hero sweater ⊟

What an adorable sweater! I love the embroidered Kirby and the star on the back! Being that it’s from King of Games, though, this apparel does come with a few caveats — actually it comes with 100 caveats, and that’s before shipping and handling. If you’re alright with spending $100 on a sweater, though, keep in mind that this one’s available in only XS, S, and XL.

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Really Retro City Rampage ⊟
Who knows, maybe there really is a Game Boy version — I mean, it’s released on nearly every other platform. This mock-up comes from Adrien de Broglio (cartridge) and Lord Toon (label art).
I’m hearing a few people call the recently released eShop port the definitive version of Retro City Rampage, though it does have a bug with the “Reset to Defaults” option in its settings menu. Vblank/Brian Provinciano says he’s already working on a patch, and intends to release updates even after that goes out.
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Really Retro City Rampage 

Who knows, maybe there really is a Game Boy version — I mean, it’s released on nearly every other platform. This mock-up comes from Adrien de Broglio (cartridge) and Lord Toon (label art).

I’m hearing a few people call the recently released eShop port the definitive version of Retro City Rampage, though it does have a bug with the “Reset to Defaults” option in its settings menu. Vblank/Brian Provinciano says he’s already working on a patch, and intends to release updates even after that goes out.

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Famicom/Game Boy pouches for 3DS XL ⊟

Datel has followed up its Retro Face Pouch and Game & Watch style 3DS cover with these two 3DS XL cases. Not really feeling the Game Boy style case, but that minimalist-ish Famicom is great!

Both ship in April from Play-Asia, for $22 each.

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Who plays a Game Boy like that?! ⊟
This is what happens when youngins try to play with portable game devices like they’re smartphone. :o( The otherwise neat photo was part of a series shot by Olivia de Costa and featured in Please Magazine.
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Who plays a Game Boy like that?! ⊟

This is what happens when youngins try to play with portable game devices like they’re smartphone. :o( The otherwise neat photo was part of a series shot by Olivia de Costa and featured in Please Magazine.

SEE ALSO More handholding posts (our handheld gamer photo series)
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Now here’s that modern Link’s Awakening DX’d ⊟

Props to Tiny Cartridge reader JDavis for the colorized artwork, and Jonatan Iversen-Ejve for the original mock-up.

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