Nintendo has been making handheld games for nearly 30 years. It has been producing handheld consoles for 20 years. This is the story of how they evolved from the original Game Boy the DSi.
Nintendo began making single-game handheld electronic game devices in the form of Game and Watch in 1980. 9 years later they released the first true handheld console.
The Game Boy was released in 1989 and was a huge success. Its screen could display just four shades of gray and no other colours, which even then seemed a little disappointing as handheld consoles released within one year by Atari and Sega had full colour displays. Despite this it still featured some classic games including the legendary Tetris which gave the Game Boy its first big success. In the end, it was the quality of games for Game Boy that kept it ahead of its competition.
After 7 years, as with all games consoles, the Game Boy seemed have had its time in the sun and was ready to be tucked away with all the other old toys in the loft. Then a new phenomena revived the near-dead console. At a time when most publishers had moved on from a console, the Game Boy surprised everyone by releasing the best selling game in history. It was none other than Pokemon.
Unlike current games systems which have variations available from launch and updates every few years, it took 6 years for Nintendo to release a variety of colours of Game Boy. The DS took just two years to be upgraded with the DS Lite, and another two for the DSi to be released. The Game Boy took 7 years to get a small hardware redesign which reduced its size. This version was named the Game Boy Pocket.
After 6 …