The Top 15 Games Machines Of All Time: Part One
The debate is over. games™ counts down the Top 15 Games Consoles Of All Time voted by our readers.
15. GAME BOY
Designed by Game & Watch creator Gunpei Yokoi, it shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise that the Game Boy quickly found its rightful place in every pocket, schoolbag and glove compartment across the globe. It launched on-the-go gaming into the mainstream, without ever compromising the quality of Nintendo’s revered output – and in some cases offering new avenues of creativity. Super Mario Land was notable for significantly deviating from its NES counterpart, emigrating from the Mushroom Kingdom and venturing to a land filled with Moai-like stone carvings and sand-dusted pyramids. Nintendo’s adeptness at developing accessible games for all ages was demonstrated early-on with the likes of Tetris and Paperboy, the system soon boasting hundreds of diverse titles and featuring essential instalments in much-loved franchises, such as The Legend Of Zelda.
Perhaps the Game Boy’s most surprising and greatest success was the handheld’s renaissance during the late Nineties, with Game Freak’s Pokémon Red/Blue kick-starting a phenomenon – and just before the launch of its successor, Game Boy Color, to boot. The game even made innovative use of the Game Link Cable to allow players to swap and fight Pokémon with each other – it wasn’t just the birth of mobile gaming but the beginning of an interactive community of sharing that Nintendo would continue to pioneer for many years to come.
Pokémon, Tetris, Super Mario Land