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Desc:This Game Boy survived a bomb blast in the Gulf War and yet it still works.
Category:Video Games
Tags:Nintendo, Tetris, Game Boy, GB, damaged
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CuteLucca - 2008-07-15
I recall reading this story in Nintendo Power's letters section back in the day.
j lzrd / swift idiot - 2008-07-16
Me too, I think I have that very issue boxed up in some dusty closet in the laundry room.

And it was a house fire in that letter, not the Gulf War.


afp3683 - 2008-07-16
I read a letter where a kid lost his gameboy in a snowbank, and came back and found it when the snow melted in the spring. It still worked.

I have one of these original gameboys that has been growing mold in my parents' basement for about ten years, and I'm sure that would work too if I go over and try to turn it on.

Those things were built like a fucking tank.

j lzrd / swift idiot - 2008-07-16
Nothing beats the ol' Grey Brick. Nothing before and nothing since. It's the longest lasting "console" (if you will) in history. Gameboy: The Industry Cockroach. After the nuclear holocaust, there will still be working Gameboys. Batteries, maybe not, but if there WERE...

boner - 2008-07-16
I do remember a soldier's letter to Nintendo Power, but his Gameboy wasn't half melted or anything, he just liked to play Tetris (and write letters to children's magazines?) when there was nothing else to do.

Helena Handbasket - 2008-07-15
My Gulf War era Game Boy is still running as welll, on batteries that probably almost ten years old too.

Tetris is awesome, by the way, just sayin'

waxeater - 2008-07-16
I don't get it. What are you supposed to poke or shake or yell at to make it play games?
Xenocide - 2008-07-16
721,894 AD:

Alien archeologists uncover the remnants of a fairly advanced society on a long-dead planet.

Their investigation is hindered by the fact that all technology on the planet has long since stopped working, most likely hundreds of thousands of years ago.

With one exception.

Their most recent transmission, which has greatly confused their comrades back home, reads only: "Talk later. Playing Tetris."
almo - 2008-07-16
I've heard that Nintendo is one of the only video game manufacturers that does drop tests on its hardware. Bet they didn't think it could withstand that kind of damage.
poopskin - 2008-07-16
Yeah, but whoever's playing sucks at Tetris.
cognitivedissonance - 2008-07-16
Say what you will about their software, but Nintendo's hardware is solid. I recall one Nintendo Power letter where somebody drove over an NES and they had it working again within a half hour.
anvill - 2008-07-18
Made of Nintendium.
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