- Oct 25, 2017
In this way, the Game Boy is emblematic of Nintendo as a whole. The company has rarely chased cutting-edge technology for the sake of it. Instead, Nintendo typically uses new technology only when it improves the play experience. It doesn’t always work, to be sure, but the same thinking that made the Game Boy such a hit is now responsible for the Switch’s breakout success.
That brings us to the Switch. Compared to the likes of the PS4 and Xbox One, Nintendo’s latest hardware isn’t very powerful. Many of us still marvel when a modern blockbuster game is crammed onto it, or when it’s capable of offering fun virtual reality experiences. But that’s because the Switch isn’t a traditional home console. By those standards, it’s low-fi. But for a device you can take anywhere, it’s at the high-end. The Switch’s innovation isn’t specs. It’s flexibility.
Pretty cool article about the Gameboy and its legacy, and how it, more than any other thing Nintendo did, would go on to define them and their whole philosophy, culminating in the Switch. With the Gameboy 30 years old this week, I think it’s a great time to reflect on how much it ended up shaping things to come.