Let’s start out introducing the Game Boy, for those of you that have been living under a rock…
The Game Boy is a hand-held video game device that was developed by Nintendo, whose other systems include the Wii, Nintendo 64 and many more. It was released in 1989/1990 and was quite the success. Worldwide, the Game Boy and Game Boy Color have sold over 18 million units. The Game Boy uses video game ROM cartridges, commonly known as Game Paks. It’s a smaller system, measuring 3.5″ x 5.8″ x 1.3″ with the screen size being 2.6″. Some of the games that has made this so popular include Tetris, Pokemon Red Blue & Yellow, and Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.
Strong National Museum of Play says the Game Boy was an innovator and changed the way people play electronic games. It popularized the hand-held, mobile game devices. It, along with the ball and the Big Wheel, the Game Boy was chosen from 12 finalists to enter the Toy Hall of Fame. The ball is central to older children’s play from kickball to tennis and baseball. “Today, we even set aside physical spaces – baseball stadiums, tennis courts, and golf courses to play these ball games,” the museum says in its announcement. The Big Wheel was launched at the 1969 New York City Toy Fair and remained one of the top sellers for a decade.
The only thing that confuses me about this whole article is, why was the ball, arguably the most popular plaything of all time, not part of the Toy Hall of Fame years ago??