Seeing those new DSi XL colors from the other day reminded me of some of the cool hues Nintendo has painted their systems with in the past, including their premiere portable, the Game Boy.
Sure, the GB had some issues, like the screen. You pretty much had to be playing in direct sunlight to even see everything, and even then, the screen could be a bit blurry at times. But that didn't matter. Nintendo's forte has always been to make exceptional games with less expensive technology. Having games like Mario, Metroid, and the best Zelda ever made helped keep this system on top of the charts, even when higher-powered, color-screened competitors entered the market.
But moving on, a year or so after that revision to the Game Boy, Nintendo blew our minds: a colored screen. In fact, this is how it went: my older brother always bought video game magazines (EGM, etc), and my younger brother and I would steal them and read them. Well, one day, we're out in the crappy brown minivan while our parents are shopping at Waremart (cheap food store, which later turned into Winco) reading one of these magazines. Our conversation went exactly like this, I kid you not:
Me: "Hey, do you know what'll be cool?"
Me: "When they make a Game Boy with a colored screen."
Him: "Yeah, that'd be so cool."
The next iteration of the Game Boy came out in 2001, but I'll save that one for tomorrow. Until then, I think I'll go play a round of Mario Golf on my teal GBC. Or maybe I'll play some Pokemon Pinball. Duke Nukem maybe? Perfect Dark? Motocross Maniacs 2? Wario Land 3?...