You may have noticed that a lot of our custom controllers pay tribute to the iconic Game Boy. Ah, those days, when pixels danced across the “pea soup screen” and imagination soared to new heights.

The Nintendo Game Boy, a true icon of the gaming world, holds a special place in our hearts. Its compact design, innovative gameplay, and unforgettable library of games made it a cherished companion for so many 90s kids like us. Let's take a trip down memory lane and relive the magic of gaming on the Nintendo Game Boy.

What made the Nintendo Game Boy so special?

The Game Boy may have not been the first attempt at creating a truly portable gaming platform, but it definitely succeeded in bringing portable gaming to life. Its sleek, yet sturdy design was a testament to the elegance of simplicity. The monochromatic screen, though lacking in color or any kind of lighting, allowed players to immerse themselves in captivating worlds, where their imagination filled in the missing hues. The iconic directional pad and responsive A and B buttons provided a tactile experience that made you feel familiar, as a natural extension of Nintendo’s home console controllers.

Unleashing the power of imagination

With the Game Boy in hand, players embarked on epic adventures that transcended the boundaries of reality. Whether it was saving the princess in Super Mario Land, capturing elusive Pokémon in the Kanto region, or exploring the vast dungeons of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, the Game Boy transported gamers to worlds brimming with excitement and wonder. All of which were played mostly in the back seat of my parents station wagon, with a flashlight to light the screen ;)

Every pixelated character, every catchy tune, and every challenging level etched itself into the memories of those who held the Game Boy close. The games were not just a form of entertainment; they were gateways to new dimensions, where heroes were born and legends were made.

Game Boy Pocket Joy-Cons: Fins details 
are our tribute to the Game Boy successor.

The enduring legacy of the Game Boy

Decades may have passed since the Game Boy's heyday, but its impact on the gaming industry and popular culture remains indelible. We love seeing more and more Game Boy modders make new and creative Game Boys, and there are so many to choose from. In its most commercially successful days, it paved the way for future handheld consoles, inspiring the likes of the Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Switch. The Game Boy's influence can be seen in the countless hours of joy it brought to gamers worldwide and the enduring franchises it birthed. All you need to do is turn one on, wait for the Nintendo logo to drop down and hear that familiar “Ca-Ling”.

Game Boy Joy-Cons: Switch controllers 
that play like it’s 1992.

Today, when we have so many screens in our lives, it is fun to look back and remember how magical this device was to us. I loved to hold cartridges, and still love to hold them today. There is a whole game in there. The Game Boy was more than just a handheld console; it was a vessel that transported us to worlds beyond our wildest dreams, and it was always around, ready to be grabbed.

If you were that kid, like us, or maybe you have never held one in your hands, look up a cool online shop that mods them and get yourself a Game Boy. Insert a cartridge, and let the memories come flooding back. It makes you truly appreciate a game, when it’s just the one cartridge in your Game Boy. You can’t go online, download anything, or get notifications. It’s just you and your game. Relive the adventures, the triumphs, and the defeats.

The Nintendo Game Boy will forever hold a cherished place in the hearts of gamers, reminding us of the magic that can be found in the palm of our hands.

Game Boy Inspired Custom Controllers

If you look around in our shop, you can find a few of my personal favorites: The “Famitsu” ones are a tip of the hat to one of the more unique Game Boys ever made. The classic Game Boy ones are truly a Game Boy look for your Switch. Maybe you are a Game Boy Pocket kid, and our clear ones are the choice for you. Or you may have played on a Game Boy Advance, and indigo Joy-Cons are your color.

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