Generation Game Boy

PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 April, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 08 April, 2002, 12:00am

The father of Game Boy

Japanese electronics giant Nintendo brought the classic handheld Game Boy into the world in 1989. Nintendo was originally a playing cards manufacturer. In 1902, founder Fusajiro Yamauchi mass-produced the first playing cards in Japan. It wasn't until 1970 that Nintendo introduced electronic technology into the toy industry. The technology was not used in video games, but in a kind of beam gun that used optic electronics.

The eldest brother - Classic Game Boy

The Classic Game Boy was released in 1989 and is now one of the world's best-selling video game systems. Because the system was portable, it gave game fans a freedom they never had before, allowing them to play their favourite games even while travelling on a bus.

The second brother - Game Boy Colour

Game Boy Colour was introduced in 1998. All-time Game Boy favourites, such as Donkey Kong and Mario, were given more action and life on the colour screen. The system has six colours: teal, kiwi, grape, berry, dandelion and atomic purple.

The latest family member - Game Boy Advance

Launched in Japan on March 21, 2001, the new system has a larger screen and a special function that enables four players to share a game at the same time. Games reviewers gave its graphics a perfect 10.

Mario and Donkey Kong

The Game Boy software library now contains more than 700 titles and more than a dozen game styles. Characters Mario and Donkey Kong are as familiar to video game lovers as Mickey Mouse is to small children. When the game was introduced in 1981, Donkey Kong had escaped from a zoo and kidnapped Mario's girlfriend, Pauline.


Tetris is perhaps the most popular puzzle game and has always gone hand-in-hand with Game Boy. In the latest version for Game Boy Colour, the background colour changes as you play.


Pokemon was introduced to the Game Boy system in 1998. It immediately generated a worldwide Pokemon craze. When the Pokemon Gold and Silver for Game Boy Colour were released in the United States in October 2000, 1.4 million copies were sold in a week.