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Was Super Game Boy ahead of its time during the 90’s?

There are many people who are aware of how popular Super Nintendo was back in the 90’s. Not only was the Super Nintendo considered a commercial success but it managed to outsell the Genesis console by reaching over 49 million units worldwide. Super Nintendo had countless titles that were considered classics including Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country I-III, F-Zero, Super Metroid, Finally Fantasy IV-VI and more. While the 16-bit SNES console appealed to a vast majority of gamers during the first half of the 90’s decade; Nintendo’s handheld Game Boy system from ‘89 became just as popular. On Game Boy we got to see the release of games such as: Metroid II, Super Mario Land I-III and more. By the time we got to the mid 90’s we got the legendary Pokémon RPG series which be a extremely successful on Game Boy. The cool thing about the Game Boy titles was the fact that they could be played on the Super Nintendo game system. If people had excess to a Super Game Boy cartridge which was first released in ‘94 they had more options in terms of games to play on the Super NES if they owned a variety of Game Boy titles.

The Super Game Boy cartridge was considered to be legendary back in the 90’s because it introduced backwards compatibility into the gaming world. In fact, some can argue that Super Game Boy was ahead of its time and was like a 90’s version of the Switch console to some extent. Sega for the most part did have any backwards compatible game systems which may have hurt the company in the long run as it pertains to the console wars. Super Game Boy was a clever way for Nintendo to capitalize of the successes of both Game Boy & Super Nintendo to an even greater extent. The invention of Super Game Boy was something that added to the overall lasting appeal of the SNES console which was not discontinued until around 1999. To say that Super Game Boy was ahead of its time would be an understatement to say the least.

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