You probably remember playing with Nintendo Game Boy when you were young. Even though technology is more advanced today and we have other games on our smartphones, tablets and computers nothing will ever match the excitement of playing Tetris or Mario on your Game Boy.

This week Game Boy celebrated its 25th Birthday. The Game Boy manufactured by Nintendo was released in Japan on April 21st, 1989.

In its first two weeks in Japan, from its release on April 21, 1989, the entire stock consisting of 300,000 units was sold; a few months later, the Game Boy’s release in the United States on July 31, 1989 saw 40,000 units sold on its first day.

The device’s success was closely linked to Tetris, but it was so much more than that. “Some people say that Tetris made Game Boy, and some people say Game Boy made Tetris. ” game industry entrepreneur Henk Rogers, who helped Nintendo acquire a Tetris license, said in WIRED last year, after the death of Nintendo tycoon Hiroshi Yamauchi. The device played countless games — which came on cartridges that plugged into the back of the device — and developers outside of Nintendo were free to create not only their own games, but all sorts of other apps.

Citing Sources: http://www.wikipedia.orghttp://www.wired.com

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