Why the Nintendo Game Boy was so successful
However, it wasn’t until its release in North America that the world discovered an addicting Russian game with devilishly falling blocks that the Game Boy’s popularity soared. Initially a PC game, Tetris perfectly complemented the small screen and monochrome interface of the console, and the ever-faster descent of the bricks became a compulsive game. In short, Alexey Pajitnov crafted a title that was not only an instant hit with Game Boy gamers, but a game that has been enjoyed by a generation of gamers since.
The Game Boy brought Tetris to the general public, but it also showcased one of the company’s most engaging franchises. All in front, PokemonThe concept of collecting, fighting, and trading miniature creatures sounds too simplistic, but with tournaments, badges, and rare Pokémon, it has become an entertaining and compelling classic.
As well as being one of the best-selling Game Boy games of all time, it has also become one of the few games that can be played on the N64. Pokémon Stadium‘s Transfer Pak enabled Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow users to play their game on the console using a built-in emulator, with the option of double or triple speed, which makes the upgrade process less painful.
The introduction of the Game Boy Color in 1998 and the subsequent release of Pokémon Gold and Money further boosted the popularity of the franchise, as players could enjoy new species of Pokémon, different areas, and more colors.