The Game Boy Paved The Way For The Nintendo Switch

The Verge writes: "Thirty years ago, Nintendo proved that power isn’t the most important thing."

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eagle21793d ago

Loved it and still love it. Nintendo has to do something special for the 30th anniversary this July. Christmas of 1989, I got a Game Boy...who else did? If Nintendo makes some Game Boy Joy-Cons I'll be the first in line. :)

FallenAngel1984793d ago

“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.“

Except Nintendo did do their best to make the most powerful console hardware at the time from the 3rd gen to the 6th gen.

The 7th gen was the first time Nintendo applied that “Lateral Thinking with Withered Techonology” philosophy that garnered all their handhelds success to a home console.

chris235792d ago

so the point is they lost it very early on and were lucky to build a brand out of their subpar mentality. great.

King_Noctis792d ago

Which is why they are the billionaire company while you are the fanboy who obsessed with sh*tting on them.

PhoenixUp792d ago

“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.”

I seriously hate how the Wii has eroded people’s mind of how Nintendo operated in the console market prior to its release.

During the Yamauchi era Nintendo always made it their priority to make sure they had one of the most powerful home consoles out there.

RetroRevelations790d ago

Yes. Except for the fact that the GC was their lowest selling system (barring the Virtual Boy which is a bad experiment best forgotten) in their history at the time. The NES was not the most powerful of its own gen, but with the MMC chips it was still plenty powerful for its day. The Game Boy wasn't color, nor the most powerful hardware, but it was the BEST portable system, with the best games. The SNES was more powerful than the Genesis, but the problem with that is that gen was blurred by the release of 3DO and Jaguar a couple years after SNES' launch. The N64 was, technically, the most powerful hardware compared to PSX or Saturn, but that didn't fully matter, because the CD format gave PSX especially a major boost. The GC was more powerful than Dreamcast or PS2, but not buy a TON, and Xbox was noticeably more powerful than GC.

It would be great if Switch was more powerful. But at the same time, it would also cost a lot more. And the thing is, Nintendo is not a corporate giant like Sony or MS, both of whom are able to manufacture at least some of their own parts (or in Sony's case, they don't have to pay a license to use their own discs formats). Nintendo is just gaming company. A huge one, but still just a gaming company. It is not only cost effective for them to not pay more to make more powerful hardware, but it's also more cost effective to the consumer, as Nintendo can keep their system affordable.

The point is, as to your own point, that the N64 and GC having strong hardware, did not help them to dominate the market. In fact, outside of their Game Boy line, their market share was shrinking. Wii brought them back, even IF Wii U then went on to be their worst selling system ever.