I guess some people find it surprising when people like this author point out that the brand “gameboy” is liable to disappear soon enough.
Honestly, I was more surprised by the fact that the DS was considered a “third pillar.” It is very similar in use to the Gameboy Advances, and is fully backward compatible, which always suggests that it’s getting ready to replace — not accompany. But, I guess Nintendo themselves were thinking in broader terms, making the DS a new line while the gameboy was intended to continue.
No longer. The Gameboys are liable to be faded out, from the sounds of it. The DS and its follow-ups should be enough to take over the line, and rightfully so. Its graphics are far superior, its touch screen adds a whole new level of playability to the games, and the wireless capabilities (such as playing with a friend and only requiring the same game and system) are a big boost for the “fun factor.” After all, video games really are better when they’re played with friends!
It’s sad to see a piece of my childhood “retired.” I still own one of the original Gameboys. They’ve come a long way in the last decade. But the abandonment of the name brand is just another sign of progress, and if the DS is the type of thing that progress develops, I’m all for retiring Gameboys!