With Nintendo’s announcement of their upcoming Game Boy Advanced, The Game Boy finally begins her journey into the sunset. Before historians and game players start writing their differing opinions about
the Game Boy’s place in our storied industry’s history, a strong case can be made for the Game Boy being the greatest system in video gaming history.
Journey back to the video game world of 1989; the forefront of the 16-bit frontier. The time-tested Nintendo Entertainment System ruled the scene over both the Sega Master System and the Atari 7800 ProSystem. The legendary Atari 2600 was taking her final bow after a long life battling numerous competitors from Intellivision, Colecovision, and even Atari’s own 5200. The 2600, whose origins began at the birth of the video game era, was attempting a comeback, complete with a face lift and new games.
The Sega Genesis had just arrived on our shores, and Nintendo’s Super Nintendo, NEC’s Turbographx 16, and Atari’s Lynx were on the horizon. The Atari Lynx and NEC Turbographx 16 (handheld model)
are very important factors in this tale because not only were consoles going 16-bit, Atari and NEC were hoping that handhelds would also be going 16-bit. Enter the Game Boy.
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