Fidel Martinez and Julian Reyes
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SSPL via Getty Images

A little over 25 years ago, video game company Nintendo released the Game Boy, one of the most successful hand-held video game devices in the world. Since its inception, it has sold more than 118 million units worldwide, and has gone through multiple iterations and redesigns over the years.

But how much do you really know about Game Boy? Did you know that it owes its existence to a fateful train ride, or that its creator, Gunpei Yokoi, started off working in a Nintendo assembly line?


For these and other cool facts, check out our loving tribute to this pioneering device.

Stephanie Hallet also contributed to this piece.

Fidel Martinez is an editor at He's also a Texas native and a lifelong El Tri fan.


Julian Reyes is a VR Producer for Fusion.

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