So, the GameBoy is 25 years old today, what a way to make me feel old.
I remember when I got my first Gameboy – although I can’t pinpoint the exact dates, I roughly know the period. I had left school, and finished college, it must have been between me working at House of Toys in Debenhams and going back to Debenhams as a stockroom assistant a few years later. Anyway, I was going to go and live with my Dad for a bit, do some security work for him, earn a bit of money. In the period before going, it was important that I had something to do with my time because I’d be doing eight-ten hour shifts at night, and I’d hate to get bored. I had a bit of money, and could just about afford a Gameboy with Tetris (how could you buy a Gameboy without Tetris?) – but Mum was awesome and she got me Wario Land and Zelda: Link’s Awakening as well. Wario Land was great, not as fast or precise as the Mario games, so I got on a lot better with it than them, and Link’s Awakening was utterly captivating. Then there was Pokémon Blue. I could devote an entire post to that game alone.
But other than those games were there any others worth mentioning? A quick scan of Wikipedia says no – none of them jump out at me as being amazing. It was more the ability to play games wherever you wanted to – apart from in bed of course – the screens weren’t backlit until the Gameboy Advance SP. I always really wanted to install a backlight on an original Gameboy Advance, that machine just looked so fantastic.
As far as I’m concerned, the real revolution in terms of software was the Gameboy Advance. Warioware, Golden Sun, Breathe of Fire, Pokémon Ruby, Metroid Fusion, Final Fantasy Tactics, Astroboy, Manic Miner, Super Dodgeball Advance, Kuru Kuru Kururin, Onimusha Tactics, Advance Wars, Sonic Advance, Boktai, Minish Cap, wow. So many great games. I’m feeling a retro gaming period coming on. I’m sure I still have my PSP that’s still homebrewed up. Excellent!