Gen X Memory Lane: It’s 1989 And You Had To Have A GameBoy!
It's 1989 and a lot of things are going on in the world.
President Ronald Reagan said goodbye and President George H.W. Bush said hello. Joe Montana led the San Francisco 49er's to a Super Bowl win and the World Series between Oakland and San Francisco became the most memorable in history.
There was an earthquake during Game 3.
But none of that mattered. The only thing that mattered was...GameBoy.
For the young folks now, GameBoy will seem quaint (which is, perhaps, a nice way of saying stupid). Compared to what video games kids have now, GameBoy is the Model T compared to their Rolls Royce. It's the horse-and-buggy compared to their Lear Jet.
But in 1989 it was the bomb and everyone had to have it!
Nintendo released it in Japan in April of that year and it did....huge business. So in July it hit North America and it did, well, huger (I know, I know, huger isn't a real word but you get the idea).
On it's first day in the United States 40,000 were sold. That was just the first day. Ultimately GameBoy and GameBoy Color did over 118 million worldwide.
And one of those went to a little boy and little girl who were growing up in Burke, South Dakota. (Actually, if memory serves, more the boy than the girl).
Now, the GameBoy was the coolest thing on the planet already, but what made it super cool was that it came with the coolest game on the planet.
I don't know how much time that little boy named Jeremy spent on that GameBoy, but I do know his Dad spent time on it when he fell asleep (the secrets out now!).