In case you haven’t noticed by now, people really love the Game Boy. Back in April, I wrote an article about the Game Boy and its astounding impact on culture in celebration of the system’s 20th birthday. Now I’m proud to report that Nintendo’s incomparable 8-bit handheld has been inducted into the Museum of Play’s National Toy Hall of Fame. The trusty old grey brick will join the Atari 2600 in the museum’s gallery, claiming its rightful place amongst the most influential entertainment products of all time.
Brainchild of Nintendo designer Gunpei Yokoi, the Game Boy set a bold precedent for portable interactive entertainment in the late 1980’s and is continually revered as the system that catapulted portable gaming into the multi-million dollar market it is today. 20 years after its inception, the Game Boy is no longer just a platform — It’s an icon of classic gaming whose legacy continues to inspire games, art, music and culture.
So pull out that ‘ol Brickboy from your closet tonight and join us in celebrating another milestone for Nintendo’s legendary handheld.