Page Boy is the Ahead-of-Its-Time Game Boy Color Accessory That Never Was

Internet, messaging, live videos, and more could’ve skyrocketed the Game Boy Color into the future.

By Angela Marrujo Fornaca. Posted 12/29/2021 22:47 Comment on this     ShareThis

The idea of the Game Boy Color having internet capabilities might seem a little outlandish today, but back in the 90s Nintendo had big plans for its little handheld that were way ahead of their time — plans which, unfortunately, never came to fruition.

In a new Game History Secrets video from DidYouKnowGaming?, we get the rundown on Page Boy, Nintendo’s peripheral-that-never-was which sought to capitalize on the successful sales of the Game Boy and Game Boy Color. By the late 90s, SEGA’s ill-fated Game Gear was out of the handheld race and the Game Boy Color was dominating in the market. In an attempt to increase sales even further, Nintendo looked for ways to expand on the Game Boy line.

In 1999, a former Nintendo executive and inventor from the UK approached Nintendo of America about producing a seriously forward-thinking and ambitious peripheral which would equip the Game Boy Color with wireless communication abilities, including email, web browsing, photo messaging, and more.

The video dives into all of the nitty gritty on the Page Boy: what inspired it, what features it was going to have, what technology would’ve powered it, why Nintendo ultimately didn’t pursue it, and which of its features and technology went on to inspire features in future Nintendo consoles and peripherals. It’s particularly fascinating seeing how this add-on still wound up having such an influence on Nintendo’s handhelds and consoles despite never making it to market. We highly recommend sitting down, grabbing a snack, and learning about this lost piece of Nintendo history.

Source: DidYouKnowGaming?

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Log In 0 points Log in or register to grow your Ninja Score while interacting with our site.
Nintendojo's RSS Feeds

All Updates Podcast
News Comments
Like and follow usFacebookTwitter Friend Code Exchange + Game with Us Join the Team!