Vintage Tech – Game Boy Original and Pocket
21/07/2011 | Nicholas Griffin | One Comment
A lot of you will remember days of your childhood wasted using one of the Game Boy hand-held consoles, manufactured by Nintendo and released in Europe back in September 1990, the console become an instant success the Game Boy and Color combined sold 118.69 units worldwide and during release in the US the console sold a million units within weeks.
The main thing I remember from the Game Boy was it’s simple yet effective buttons, it featured only 5 buttons labeled A, B Start, Select and a D-Pad, it even included a volume and contrast control on the side, that did come in handy a lot for me.
There where a few versions of the console starting from the Original which was pretty basic, but then in 1995 Nintendo released a second version which was pretty much the same as the original except it was released with various colored cases, these new models came in 7 different styles which is a lot of variety compared to what Nintendo offer today, you could choose from red, green, black, yellow, blue, white or even transparent (which was pretty cool).
A year after Nintendo released another Game Boy called the Game Boy Pocket, this was much smaller, lighter and required a lot less battery’s than the earlier version, and took only two AAA battery’s allowing up to 10 hours of gameplay.
Nintendo also changed the Game Boy’s screen giving it a true black and white display and not the originals bleak monochromatic display, this version was even released with its own LED battery indicator, which was quite new for the time, but was defiantly needed for those late night Pokemon sessions.
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Did you have a Game Boy Original, the 1995 model or the pocket? What did you think about it? What vintage tech should we talk about next?