Designed by the same staff responsible for Nintendo's successful Game & Watch series, the Game Boy was a defining product for handheld gaming. While technically inferior to some of its competitors, with faster processors and/or colour screens, the Game Boy triumphed in the market thanks to two essential factors: battery life and software quality. Subsequent variants over its significant lifespan included the Game Boy Pocket (1996), Color (1998), Advance (2001), Advance SP (2003), and Micro (2005). Combined worldwide sales for the Game Boy and Game Boy Color were reported to have exceeded 118 million units.
Donated/on loan from: Prof. Steven Furnell, Plymouth University
Originally released in Japan in 1983 under the name Famicom (for Family Computer), the NES is the cosmetically-adjusted version sold in the European, North American and Australian markets. The 8-bit console had a major role in revitalising the video game market, after the crash of 1983 that had ... (read more)Nintendo, 1985
Snoopy is a Tabletop and Panorama Game & Watch video game released in June of 1983 by Nintendo (the version on display here is the panorama edition). In both games, you're required to hit the musical notes when they arrive in the appropriate position. Nintendo released a number of titles in this... (read more)Nintendo, 1983
The DS Lite was the first redesign of the popular DS handheld, which had originally been released in 2004. As the name suggests, the key difference was a slimmer, lighter design, with the device weighing 218 grams (as opposed to the 275 of the original). It did, however, also enjoy a slightly l... (read more)Nintendo, 2006