This week's throwback takes a look at the Kirby games from Nintendo second party developer HAL Laboratory. A studio that the late visionary Satoru Iwata headed up before becoming the fourth president of Nintendo. A series of games starring a sentient pink puff ball that won't think twice about sucking you up like a vacuum and stealing your life essence. In the cutest way possible, of course.
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Looking at the original Game Boy, with its black and white display that came in the form of greeny-black and greeny-white, it’s a little hard to see the technological wonder that it was at the time. Not in terms of graphical or processor capability, but the mere fact that it was a portable hand-held console that could survive an entire road trip both sitting in a person’s lap and also being thrown around a backseat of a car. The Nintendo Game Boy was sturdy, affordable, and thanks to the prefect design of bundled game Tetris, became a global phenomenon.
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But as a Nintendo system, the Game Boy needed a mascot. Something that wasn’t a simple collection of blocks. The NES had both Mario and Link, so the Game Boy needed something along those lines. Not exactly easy shoes to fill, but the Game Boy was in need of a character it could call its own.