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Latest "Kids React" Video Puts GameBoy In The Spotlight

Hey, wanna feel old?

Kids today have 1080p high-definition and touchscreens. They don't have that good ol' green screen with the black-and-white display and the goofy electro bleeps.

YouTubers TheFineBros have posted up the latest "Kids React" video, and it shows children between the ages of 6 and 13 reacting to Nintendo's original handheld. It's pretty funny but for those of us who actually had a Gameboy, it's somewhat difficult to watch.

This was the portable gaming device that really kicked off the handheld entertainment revolution. Tetris was one of those games that defined an entire decade in the industry. The concept of gaming on the go hadn't really been explored much, especially because the industry was still in its infancy. So, when the GameBoy arrived, it was like magic in our hands.

But try and convince these kids of that.

Tags: gameboy, original gameboy, game boy video, gameboy games

7/6/2014 9:46:32 PM John Shepard

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Comments (31 posts)

Killa Tequilla
Sunday, July 06, 2014 @ 10:05:00 PM
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Sorry guys.. I didn't know this existed. I thought Gameboy Color was the first gen of Gameboy...

So, was this the first portable gaming device?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, July 06, 2014 @ 11:13:20 PM

Good question, I dunno either. I kinda doubt it but it was the first good one and my first one.

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tes37
Sunday, July 06, 2014 @ 11:54:28 PM

I don't remember who made them, but I believe the football game that used red dashes to represent players, came out before the Gameboy did. I don't know if it's the first handheld gaming device though.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 1:47:02 AM

That one Asian kid said it was in the video and I just wanted to verify. I wasn't just about to believe him blindly.

It would be cool to know who started the trend,

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Bonampak
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 2:14:18 AM

Nintendo made the Game & Watch series of games before they came up with the Game Boy.

Nintendo was actually inspired by what Mattel and Milton Bradley had done in the handheld gaming scene. Since the 70's they produced handheld gaming devices that would usually play one game.

Stuff def came before the Game Boy. Many of us are just like those kids. Totally ignorant about gaming history. I guess we'll only tell our grandkids what we experienced. Not what came before our time.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 2:49:23 AM

Hmmm... So it started out as small devices with one game. I know what you're talking about. They give those away free sometimes if you buy a McDonald's happy meal. Times fly.

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Underdog15
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 10:57:40 AM

A year after gameboy released, the gamegear came out. That thing was a beast. Full colour, backlit... it was like a weak sega-genesis in your hands.

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H8WL3R
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 11:20:05 AM

Was just thinking the same thing @Underdog15!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, July 06, 2014 @ 11:17:12 PM
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Even though I know it's true cuz a lot of you all have kids, but hearing "Oh my dad had one of these" is just weird. It doesn't seem like it was 20 years ago I had mine. Seems like yesterday. Then I graduated to the Game Gear where Sonic 2 was available in full color!

The dream of the Gameboy and all portable gaming systems was always to get a console quality game to play on the go. That dream wasn't truly realized until the Vita, but unfortunately for Sony that dream is no longer something the public wants. Now they want simple mobile games on the go and quality games at home.

That's why Vita was a doomed concept.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 1:50:50 AM

The concept doomed itself, but it wasn't a doomed concept.

The price reduction of the 3DS and the high priced memory cards is what hampered PS vita's potential.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 2:14:42 AM

I don't really think Playstation fans would go to 3DS for multiple reasons.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 2:52:22 AM

Somebody is buying them. There are 43 million of them out there in the wild.

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infamousgodV2_0
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 7:03:51 AM

@ WorldEndsWithMe

Im a Playstation fan (currently owns Ps3 & Ps4) & i also own a 3DS. Since the PsP or PsVita really has no games i do all my handheld gaming on a nintendo device.

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H8WL3R
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 9:15:24 AM

Actually @WorldEndWithMe, I've been considering buying a 3DS I thought I had seen on sale, and if I had the extra cash and space I'd like to have all major home consoles and handhelds for their respective exclusive franchise/single games. =P

@infamousgodV2_0 I'm guessing you'd recommend the 3DS then? Do you have the original or XL model? What kind of games do you fancy/have in your collection and recommend on there? Thanks for any input. =) The Wii U is also of interest to me as well, as is the XBOX ONE. If only... =)

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H8WL3R
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 10:47:14 AM

Oh there's something else I forgot to mention in regards to Nintendo. At least most of their systems have been backward compatible with one or two systems before the newest iteration. Partly because of this, Nintendo is also an interesting proposition. Here's a list according to Wikipedia.

-The Game Boy Color is backward compatible with all Game Boy cartridges.
-The Game Boy Advance line, except for the Game Boy Micro, is backward compatible with all Game Boy and Game Boy Color games.
-The Nintendo DS and the Nintendo DS Lite are backward compatible with all Game Boy Advance games.
-The Nintendo 3DS, the Nintendo 3DS XL and the Nintendo 2DS are backward compatible with most of the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi software. However, the 3DS and its predecessor the DSi lack the Game Boy Advance slot found on the DS and DS Lite, causing certain titles to lose functionality when played on the systems. The Guitar Hero: On Tour series is incompatible with the DSi and 3DS because of this.
-The Nintendo GameCube is backwards compatible with Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games (if one bought a Game Boy Player).
-The Wii U is backward compatible with all Wii games and peripherals and will be have an adapter for GameCube controllers.

So for the most part... that's nice. =D

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Underdog15
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 10:59:41 AM

Exactly, World. It's a games issue. Not a price issue. (for most)

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Bonampak
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 11:11:40 AM

@WorldEndsWithMe - You mean because of the PS2 era (non-HD) graphics of the 3DS? That was never an issue for me. So I got one. Because I was a long time Resident Evil fan since the PSX and I had to play Revelations in 2012 (playing it on a handheld is still the best way to enjoy said game).

But if you meant to say that you can't play traditional PS games on a 3DS, well... there is Monster Hunter on it. A new Final Fantasy game is coming out on it too (aside from Bravely Default, which was a FF game in almost everything but the name). There are lots of games on it from Japanese devs.

However, if you're saying that a PS fan wouldn't play on a Nintendo console/handheld, well I stated gaming on a SNES. So it's not an issue for me to go back to a Nintendo system. But I guess it would be an issue for PS fans who started out with a PS1, PS2 or even a PS3.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 11:38:07 AM

I bought my 3DS XL for Pokemon. I'd get the XL if I were you.

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H8WL3R
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 12:29:09 PM

Hey yeah,there's Omega Ruby and Alpha Saphire coming out November 30th. I'll look into it and see what else there is. Thank you. =)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 2:41:49 PM

Well maybe it's just me then. I can't go back to Mario after Kratos.

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Dancemachine55
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 5:51:16 AM
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My mum still has a working Donkey Kong Game & Watch. I loved playing that thing so much as a kid.

Got a GameBoy Color with Pokemon Blue, R-Type and Super Mario Bros. Deluxe in 1998. Great memories.

GameBoy Advance soon followed in 2002, with WWE Wrestlemania Advance, Mario Kart Advance, Golden Sun and Star Wars Apprentice of the Force. Best Star Wars Trilogy platformer in my own personal opinion.

Didn't get a Nintendo DS, but I won a PSP while working at EB Games in a staff competition in 2008. Loved God of War, Gran Turismo, Patapon, Dissidia Final Fantasy, and could not stop playing the GTA City Stories games. Seriously, it was mind-blowing stuff having a PS2 quality game on a handheld!

Traded my PSP and all my games in the day after the NGP, or Next Generation Portable (now known as the Playstation Vita) was announced. Uncharted on a handheld?!?!?! No freakin' way!!!

Vita was expensive at first, so I waited... and waited.... and waited....

Then came the 3DS price drop, and release of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D then Mario Kart 7. Vita had to wait a little while longer.

Got my Vita on Australia Day last year for nearly half price on sale. Best thing I ever bought!!!

... until Sony announced they're not making AAA games for it anymore. Totally defeats the purpose of owning a Vita. Console quality gaming on a handheld, THAT is why the Vita was invented!!!

So disappointed in Sony's support for anything other than their main Playstation consoles.

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H8WL3R
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 8:58:59 AM

Yeah it's quite disappointing to read that it seems Sony is withdrawing most it's support for first-party games. I also watched the Sony E3 2014 press conference and not focus was directed toward the Vita, other than the occasional PS3 or PS4 cross-buy, cross-play and remote play compatibility. Those are very nice features/options of course, but not quite as motivating as a reveal of a few made for Vita AAA titles would've been. As a fairly recent PSV adopter (since June 2nd) who's been quite generally impressed with the tech and it capabilities, hopefully there is a sales spike of enough significance and there will be more goodness... or even greatness for the Vita to come. Isn't that what their slogan is for this gen, "Greatness Awaits". Well some of us are waiting for a little more. ;)

Speaking of Vita, I bought one of the very few available launch models with the OLED screen before they became extinct it seems. To the PSV owners who frequent this site, does the splotching, not that it's very noticeable usually, but has it faded away over a bit of time?

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Bonampak
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 10:46:39 AM

Sony changed strategies with Vita.

According to Yoshida, Vita owners don't want a "console experience" on the go. They instead want to play games that you can only invest about 5-10 minutes at a time. That is why they want indies and mobile gaming devs to support it with the type of games you can get on a phone.

And also explains why Sony is not going to support it with AAA 1st, 2nd party games anymore. At least not with anything already in the pipeline.

And Sony pretty much ignored Vita since the very first E3 that came around after said handheld launched. Things barely changed since then. Getting mentioned here and there. Barely.

It's a shame because the Vita is indeed one of the best handhelds ever made. But the support simply isn't there from Sony. And things are not looking up since now their focus is on the PS4.

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H8WL3R
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 10:48:54 AM

Yes, it's a shame as I quite like it. I've got a few games so far and there a number of others of interest to me, so I'm not personally at loss for something new to play on it yet, nor probably will be for a while. I'm not sure if I should exchange it for another launch OLED one though (if they still have one brand-new in the box never been opened one before though. The screen is beautiful, but when it's very dark I can see faint splotches though. I can't remember; do you have one? Has that become virtually unnoticeable over time?

True, they barely mention it, but hopefully popularity and sales rise enough for an increase of support. I could understand them backing off a little, but cut all development on bigger exclusive AAA games for it... is unfortunate and disheartening for the fans who have bought into it. I think there's room for both. I like some of the games with a plethora of levels/stages, but in 5-10 minute bursts. I'd also like it very much if they released a bigger budget game or two at least once every season perhaps, and the smaller mobile/phone/indie offerings throughout the year as well. At least it would be a little more balanced and PSV owners could get a 3 or 4 Sony published Vita games a year along with the others. I also prefer the retail version to save on GB storage.

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Beamboom
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 7:20:20 AM
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To be honest I too react somehow like that when I see vids of games I use to play back in the 80s - even 90s. I can't understand how I could be so immersed in them - it has to be a different kind of immersion than we experience today.

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berserk
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 8:19:26 AM
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Gamegear ftw :)

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H8WL3R
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 11:16:42 AM

I remember seeing one at someone's house when I was a kid. I think I may have tried it. I had kinda wanted one then. At the time it was awesome, it's like Sega Genesis in the palm of your hands! =)

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Solid Fantasy
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 8:36:27 AM
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I guess this was bound to happen sooner or later. "These times are changing" It's little creepy when you think about how old we are becoming... But on the other hand screw it, I wonder if I can fins a good Gameboy emulator to relive Links Awakening or WarioLand.

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Underdog15
Monday, July 07, 2014 @ 11:00:39 AM
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I remember getting a gameboy for my birthday 21 years ago.

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broox9
Friday, July 11, 2014 @ 6:06:14 AM
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Man I remember my sister getting a gameboy and me getting an Atari Lynx. Needless to say which had the better content. Gameboy really started the handheld revolution, but for those of us old enough to remember, the Game Boy was the tried and true, go to handheld, but the Game Gear... that was the Cadillac of handhelds.

Also check out the form factor in terms of the power button and volume buttons and tell me smart phones didn't borrow something from that.

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Esc
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 @ 10:57:51 AM
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I had a Gameboy but then had a go on a mate's NeoGeo...

hated that kid after that....

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