Nintendo Flex: What a 21st century Game Boy could look like
Past meets future
Gamer or not, we've all seen it before. The Game Boy, from its launch way back in 1989 until its discontinuation in 2008, has been entralling and defining the modern era of handheld gaming with millions of units sold worldwide. With several design iterations in its portfolio, its extensive library — with a library of games in the thousands, including the popular Pokemon and Super Mario series, makes the Game Boy arguably the most influential gaming device in the world.
Gamers have been left high and dry for years, with no official statement by Nintendo on rebooting or redesigning the original Game Boy. Nonetheless, one can always dream — so much so that industrial designer YJ Yoon took things into his own hands, to design his own Game Boy of the 21st century.
Coined as the Nintendo Flex, Yoon still plays with the original Game Boy once in a while to evoke nostalgia and reminisce on his childhood. "It was the first gaming console that I got as a birthday gift from my father. The feeling of the grip, pushing in and pulling out the game cartridges, and the analog gaming melody are still lovely," according to Yoon.
Yoon has included a myriad of advancements and tweaks to the beloved device, making it both contemporary yet familiar. Some features include a thinner console, a bigger screen and shifting the speakers to the top for unobstructed audio access during play. He even includes a novel innovation — the original design of the game cartridge lock (to prevent the cartridge from coming loose during play), in the form of a sleek looking cartridge stick.
Already a gold winner at the IDA Design Awards last year, Yoon's Nintendo Flex has been making its rounds all over the world. Featured on countless magazines, its been shared by over 40 thousand people equally as hungry as we are for a new Game Boy. We can only hope it'll be a matter of time before this design ends up in Nintendo's office.
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