Nintendo Game Boy Classic

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A single Nintendo Game Boy Classic could be worth double the original purchase price (of around $100) at auction today. The 8-bit game console was released by Nintendo in Japan, North America and Europe between 1989-1990 and was the gaming firm's first handheld game console. Over 100 million Game Boys have been sold around the world, making it the second most popular handheld console behind the Nintendo DS.

For those of you too young to remember, the Game Boy Classic and Color both had four buttons; a directional pad and a slot to insert game cartridges into.

In 2009, the Game Boy was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame, 20 years after its introduction. The Pokemon series created for the Game Boy and DS became synonymous with the consoles, which inspired a cartoon series, which in 1997 made headlines for causing a spate of seizures among Japanese viewers.

Nintendo Game & Watch

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The Game & Watch series of electronic games were released from 1980-1991. The popular handheld was a precursor for the Nintendo Game Boy. Game & Watch consoles featured a single game which was played on an LCD screen.

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Legend has it that game designer Gunpei Yokoi got the idea for the Game & Watch when he spied a bored businessman playing with his calculator. Yokoi wanted to create a device that one could play games on for entertainment on the go.

The console consists of two games, Game B which was a faster, more challenging version of Game A.

Sega

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Sega is the King of the Arcade. The game producer created more than 500 games on over 20 different arcade game systems from 1981. It is also perhaps best known for one of its most famous characters, Sonic the Hedgehog.

Sega seriously cashed in during the arcade boom of the late 1970s to early 1980s, in 1982 producing the first game featuring isometric graphics, Zaxxon.

In 1983, America's gaming industry suffered what would come to be known as the video game crash. From 1983 to 1985, the gaming industry suffered a large-scale recession, which was caused by a number of factors, including: a flood of consoles on the market; competition from home computers; inflation and loss of publishing control from video game firms. Incredibly, by 1985 the industry's worth had dropped by nearly 97%.

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In order to create revenue, Sega designed the SG-1000, their first at home video game console. The device was launched in 1983 and then later discontinued in 1985.

1989 saw Sega of America launch their anti-Nintendo campaign with its iconic slogan "Genesis does what Nintendon't."

PlayStation

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In 1994, Sony launched the PlayStation. Its successor the PlayStation 2, released in 2000, is the world's best-selling at home games console. Today, PlayStation's has over 100 million online players.

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Ken Kutaragi, who came to be known as "The Father of the PlayStation," first thought up the idea of the console in 1988. The green triangle, red circle, blue cross and pink square featured on the controller have become part of the PlayStation brand. The marketing campaign for the release of the PlayStation 2 read: "Live In Your World, Play In Ours,'' using the PlayStation face button icons in place of characters.

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