Nintendo 'GameBoy', 1995.
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Detail of controls. The Japanese company Nintendo first released their portable gaming system in 1989 and the 'GameBoy' went on to become the most influential computer games console in the world. The original model was grey and box-shaped, with a small black and white screen. It contained an 8-bit procesor and was released with simple but popular games like 'Tetris'. Later it became available in pocket variety in an asortment of colours, including this transparent version. In 2001 Nintendo released the 'GameBoy Advance', which features a large colour screen with a 32-bit procesor, putting it on a par with the Sony Playstation.