The Game Boy paved the way for the Nintendo Switch

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My first portable console wasn’t a Game Boy. It was a Game Gear, Sega’s giant black brick of a gaming platform. Technically, I had the superior device. The Game Gear featured a display that felt incredibly bleeding edge, with colorful graphics and a bright backlit screen that let you admire the visuals from anywhere, even the dark. I used to show off just how cool Sonic and Virtua Fighter looked on Game Gear to my friends whenever I had the chance.

In reality, though, I was jealous of my friends with the comparably low-fi Game Boy. Nintendo’s portable had an ugly display with a greenish tint, and you had to play it in good lighting to see what was going on. But it also had a massive collection of incredible games, a design that made it…

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