Nintendo Game Boy turns 30: Here’s how people celebrated

Happy birthday, Game Boy!

Kyle Chua

Published: 6:14 PM April 23, 2019

Updated: 4:59 PM May 15, 2019

GAMEBOY. Shutterstock photo

MANILA, Philippines – There’s no system more synonymous to handheld gaming than the Game Boy.

First released by Nintendo in April of 1989, the Game Boy opened up a world of possibilities for portable entertainment – some of which are still very much present in gaming today.

It would go on to sell millions of units worldwide, spawn a family of successors, and become a cultural phenomenon. All thanks to inventor Gunpei Yokoi’s approach to create something new from outdated technology, which he dubbed “lateral thinking with withered technology”.

With 8-bit graphics, a monochrome display, and a chunky design, the Game Boy was neither the most graphically sophisticated or technologically advanced system of its time. But it’s arguably the first to get handheld gaming right, offering a great list of titles you could play whenever and wherever you wanted at an affordable price. It was unlike anything that ever came before it.

People from across the internet celebrated the 30th anniversary of the beloved system in a bunch of different ways. Here are some of them below:

Twitter user @Bigcoyote commemorated the Game Boy’s anniversary by showing off his collection, shaped as the number 30.

Happy Birthday #GameBoy!!! #GameBoy30th pic.twitter.com/9BrpTz4uQe — GOM (@Bigcoyote) April 21, 2019

Reddit user u/RuprechtsTrident shared a photo of his Game Boy with Tetris booted up.

Happy 30th Birthday, Game Boy! from r/Gameboy

Meanwhile, Twitter user @ChrisPariano showcased art that shows popular PlayStation 3 game Demon Souls rendered for the Game Boy.

Happy 30th, #gameboy! Here's my Demon's Souls demake in all it's 4 color glory! #pixelart #retro #gamedev #gameboy30th pic.twitter.com/oH3mY7YWfp — Christopher Pariano (@ChrisPariano) April 22, 2019


Reddit user u/thewesker posted an image of the different generations of Game Boy systems from his collection.

Found my lost Micro today. Fitting. from r/Gameboy

Happy Birthday! #GameBoy #voxelart #magicavoxel pic.twitter.com/EkQ7eCRe0D — Lucas Rgznsk (@Rgznsk_) April 21, 2019

Twitter user @gamingmuso sang his Game Boy a birthday song.

Today is the 30th Anniversary of the awesome @Nintendo Game Boy To mark this very special occasion I decided to sing a song to mine.. #nintendo #gameboy pic.twitter.com/jmtftxWzgL — The Gaming Muso (@gamingmuso) April 21, 2019


Avengers star Mark Ruffalo not too long ago posted a photo of his co-stars Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson playing with their Game Boys while on set.

#FBF to our long days on the #AvengersEndgame set @ChrisEvans Only 2 more weeks to go! pic.twitter.com/yNYSUhHi6v — Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) April 12, 2019

– Rappler.com

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