1996 - Nintendo releases Pokémon Red and Green for the Game Boy in Japan.
1996 - The N64 is released in Japan alongside the first ‘true’ 3D platform game: Mario 64.
In the box
CPU: NEC VR4300
CPU Speed: 93.75 MHz
GPU: SGI 62.5 MHz 64-bit RCP
Resolution: 640 x 480 Pixels
Colours: 16.8 million (palette), 32,000 (on-screen at once)
Sound: Handled by
1996 - Following the failure of the Virtual Boy, Gunpei Yokoi resigns from Nintendo and establishes his own company: Koto Laboratory. The latter collaborates with Bandai to create the WonderSwan console.
1997 - Gunpei Yoko is killed in a tragic car accident at the age of 56.
1998 - Nintendo launches the Game Boy Color. It’s released with two new hardware add-ons: the Game Boy Camera and Game Boy Printer.
1999 - Bandai releases the WonderSwan in Japan.
Trivia - The Game Boy Color game Kirby Tilt N Tumble was released in Japan in 2000. It was the first game to make use of ‘motion sensor technology’ as it allowed the player to control the movements of Kirby by simply tilting the Game Boy.
2000 - Nintendo decides to move its headquarters to the Minami ward of Kyoto.
2001 - Nintendo launches the Game Boy Advance (GBA) worldwide and the Nintendo GameCube in Japan and the US.
2002 - Hiroshi Yamauchi steps down as president of Nintendo. His successor is Satoru Iwata, marking the first time that the presidency would leave the hands of the Yamauchi family.