Was the Game Boy Advance released a decade late?

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When the Super Nintendo was released in the early 90’s many people were very impressed by the visual presentation that the console had produced for various games that was released during that time period.  We had games such as Super Mario Kart, Super Mario World, Super Metroid and many other titles that looked amazing on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.  Even though, Nintendo released a handheld console called Game Boy back in 1989 it seemed inferior in terms of quality in comparison to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.

The original Game Boy handheld console felt like a black and white version of the 8 bit Nintendo Entertainment System which was released in back in 1983.  When the Game Boy Advance consoles were released in the early 00’s it looked and felt like you were playing a portable version of the SNES.  After there were many classic Super Nintendo games that were remade into Game Boy Advance titles such as Super Mario Bros 3, Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past and more.  If Nintendo had released the Game Boy Advance in the early 90’s it would have definitely destroyed its competition in Sega along with earning more revenue in the 90’s.   The Game Boy Advance was a console that literally felt like a handheld SNES game system similar to how the Nintendo DS was similar to that of a handheld N64.   Having the Game Boy Advance or the Advance SP around during the 90’s could have given Nintendo a significant edge over Sega despite the fact that they won the console wars anyways.

Gaming Consoles- Game Boy: (1989)

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We all remember when Nintendo had produced the original Game Boy console in 1989.  Nintendo is considered to be one of the most innovative gaming companies of all time because they always found a way to reinvent themselves with a new product or game that was highly in demand.  In the 1980’s the Nintendo Entertainment System was a very popular home based console that provided different types of gameplay that was not seen in many arcades especially when it came to platform & RPG games. The success the that the Nintendo Entertainment System received since its release is unfathomable considering the fact that it sold millions around the world and is considered to be one of the best game consoles of all time.  A couple of years following the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System a handheld game console was developed by Nintendo which was just as fun.  When Nintendo had released the original Game Boy handheld console many people loved the product because it allowed people to play their games anywhere they went.

Game Boy was also convenient because it utilized either AA or AAA batteries depending on what model you used.  The controls for Game Boy were similar to that of the NES because it included a directional pad along with and A & B button.  The controls for Game Boy also featured a select & start button along with additional features that made this hand console stand out.  Some of the additional features Game Boy had included was the universal serial bus (USB) link cable that would allow multiplayer gameplay on one game.  Game Boy was so popular that it sold at least one million units in America within a month due to its excellent features along with gameplay that highly resembles that of the NES. One of the original games for the Nintendo Game Boy included the famous puzzle game known as Tetris which was considered to be the best selling game for that console with over 30 million units worldwide.

As time progressed during the 1990’s games such as Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow became extremely popular and generated sales in the millions since their respective releases.  Along with having so many great titles such as the Pokemon series, Zelda Link’s Awakening, and Dr. Mario Nintendo had created an add on for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System entitled Super Game Boy released in 1994.  The Super Game Boy was worth approximately $60 following its initial release and made anyone who was a hardcore Nintendo fan want to purchase the product if they already owned an SNES game system.  Many people would agree that Nintendo’s Game Boy was a huge improvement from their preceding handheld console known as Game & Watch which was released in 1980.  Also, the Game Boy handheld console was proof among many other things that Nintendo had always found a way to reinvent themselves along with keeping the masses interested in their products.  The development of Game Boy definitely created some competition with the likes of Sega Game Gear and Atari Lynx in the early 90’s which made the gaming experience exciting for everyone.  It has been over 25 years since Game Boy was released by Nintendo and even though it was a long time ago this handheld console is recognized as one of the most influential game systems of all time.