Classic, retro gaming is everywhere you look lately
In the summer of 1989, I was an obnoxious, smart-mouthed, 13 year old with a bad attitude and an even worse case of ADD. I spent most of that summer playing video games or locked in my room drawing and painting. Those were pretty much the only two thing I could sit still for for more than 10 minutes. Now before the internet existed, we got all of our gaming and tech news from magazines. Weird, I know. At one point, I had convinced my parents to get me a subscription to a few of them, and I always looked for to their arrival in the mail. I would spend days re-reading articles and drooling over ads.
A Technology Breakthrough
I was flipping through a game magazine and as I flipped the page, there it was, an advertisement for the Nintendo Gameboy! I stared at it for ten minutes trying to understand how could this be possible.
You have to understand, at this point in time the only true portable gaming device attempted was the Game and Watch systems. As a matter of fact, mobile devices weren't really even a product category yet. The Sony walkman was really the only portable device do gain any sort of mass appeal, and as far as tech goes, that was a pretty simple device.
Comparing the Gameboy to today's portable consoles is tough. You could argue that the original Gameboy came the closest to replicating its the home console experience than any system since. After all, the GB was basically capable of all the same graphics and gameplay characteristics as the NES -- minus the colored graphics of course.
Portable consoles have been promising to bring the full gaming experience of home consoles and arcades into a portable package for years. For all of the improvements and technological leaps we have experienced, it has never really been fully achieved. The PSP was the first to offer full 3d graphics and analog controls that dominated that generation of systems, but its power was far behind the PS2 or Xbox. The Vita took things a step closer with incredible graphics and dual analog sticks, but developers never really got on board and the Vita never saw it's true potential.
Even Nintendo themeselves seems to still be striving to deliver that full console experience -- even attempting to combine the two with the announcement of the upcoming Nintendo Switch hybrid.