The Game Boy Micro was the final iteration of the pop Nintendo handheld, merely non everyone was won over past its impressively tiny form factor. One such person was former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé, who reserved a passage in his new volume for his thought on the Game Boy Micro.
In the book (transcribed by VGC
(opens in new tab)), Disrupting the Game: From the Bronx to the Top of Nintendo, Fils-Aimé writes that he thought the Game Boy Micro was a “nonstarter.”
““The hardware was exceptionally modest,” writes Fils-Aimé. “Not only were the command buttons hard for any reasonably sized adult to manipulate, just also the screen was tiny. This ran counter to current consumer electronics trends of making screens larger.
“Merely development of this hardware had continued, and at present we were forced to launch the system. ‘Nosotros should accept talked about this long ago’, I told [fellow NOA executives] Don James and Mike Fukuda. ‘We should have all agreed that this production would be a distraction for usa in our market and either non introduce it hither or accept information technology terminated as a project globally. Past working together we could accept had a different consequence.”
Fils-Aimé isn’t exactly incorrect virtually the limited entreatment of the Game Boy Micro. The pocket-sized handheld performed comparatively meekly on a commercial level, especially compared to the models that came before it.
Fils-Aimé writes in the book that he considered the Game Boy Micro’due south estimated two million units sold to be “lacklustre results,” and admitted he used the handheld equally a “teachable moment” for Nintendo every bit a whole.
Sometimes it’southward not about sales
Obviously we can run across where Fils-Aimé is coming from in his volume. The Game Boy line-up of handhelds were always extremely commercially successful. That the Micro bankrupt that trend could be seen as a blemish on the brand’s overall high rate of success.
That’due south especially and then considering that the Game Boy Micro was piffling more than a smaller Game Boy Accelerate, and lacked the GBA’s backwards compatibility with Game Boy and Game Male child Color cartridges. From the moment of its conception, it was almost guaranteed to be a niche product for Nintendo.
But we’d argue that sometimes, that’s okay. The Micro’s tiny size and razor-sharp, backlit screen were gorgeous to behold. Information technology’due south arguably the but Game Male child that can genuinely fit in your pocket, as even the compact clamshell design of the GBA SP was still a fiddling on the bulky side when closed.
Plus, the Micro stood out from the crowd with officially supported changeable faceplates. Quite a lot of these faceplates were manufactured and ranged from alternating colors to ones based on pop Nintendo IP. That bear on of customizability shouldn’t be understated, as to this day players love adding personal flourishes to their consoles and accessories. Encounter PS5 faceplates or the Xbox Design Lab (which allows gamers to create their very own Xbox Series X controller) for proof of that.
In more recent time, Nintendo has thankfully embraced its penchant for portability. The Nintendo Switch tin can be played every bit a fully portable console without the need of a TV, and the panel’southward in-built 720p screen works wonderfully with Nintendo’southward simple yet colorful aesthetics, especially if you’ve upgraded to the Nintendo Switch OLED for extra film clarity.
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