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Gameboys Are Indestructable
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This original Gameboy survived a bombing during the Gulf War, and still works… if by works, you mean can be turned on and display the game. I doubt those melted buttons do anything anymore. It’s on display at the Nintendo World store in New York City.

18 Littlegrey Comments:

March 1st, 2011 at 2:56 am Chiro says:

Guys, they replaced the screen

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March 11th, 2008 at 9:53 pm audioxience says:

it doesnt even look real to me, i think they made it look like it did, i want to see a gameboy take a bomb in the screen and still work.

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March 7th, 2008 at 3:33 pm chewbaka says:

Yeah you're right it's a power cord. As wyse said that looks like the demo.

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March 7th, 2008 at 3:30 pm Seto Kaiba says:

I don't know Chewbaka, if you look at it there are clear spots all around the buttons. As for the cable I am pretty sure that's a power supply. Imagine how much batteries would cost to leave that on 24/7 or how ever late the store maybe open. I'm wondering if they didn't just slide a gameboy pocket in there I mean for the cartridge slot to be left unwarped enough for a game to still fit is really kinda unbelievable with how much the rest of the gameboy is warped. Plus the fact that even if the screen in front of the real screen fell away, the heat from the still burning plastic would have caused the screen to distort or something and that one is in perfect condition.

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March 7th, 2008 at 2:51 am Pirotechnix says:

I remember reading a story in a gaming magazine a few years back about Nintendo system stress tests that proved them nearly indestuctible, so I do believe this story might have credibility. Even Nintendo naysayers can't deny that they build their systems tough.

March 7th, 2008 at 12:27 am CodyTheBowler says:

This must have been Chuck Norris's Gameboy.

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March 6th, 2008 at 8:13 pm wyse says:

I assume Tetris is playing in demo mode. All video games used to do this if you didn't press any buttons.

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March 6th, 2008 at 6:52 pm chewbaka says:

These Game Boys had a plastic sheet over the real screen beneath, and that sheet is missing here. That thing fell off on mine without getting bombed though.

They can substitute using buttons with just an outside signal telling the Game Boy what to do, which is what that cord is.

I still think it is just a gimmick to fill floor space in the museum. I mean, there are buildings in Romania that are claimed to be Dracula's, Vlad Tepes', home. But not only did he never set foot there, the building didn't even exist at the time. The point is these kinds of things are often fake. Especially ones that attract tourists and other business.

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March 6th, 2008 at 2:34 pm cynnicysm says:

i thought the original screens were glass. just to add the seed of doubt. also, ballistics can be a funny science, and just by looking at the damage to the thing, i'd say the blast was coming from teh bottom right an working up to the top left, check out the clean areas under the buttons on teh left side. and who doesnt carry they're gameboy face down in their back pocket on their right hip? sheesh. naysaying bastards.

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March 6th, 2008 at 2:28 pm subvert the fetus! says:

theres only one explanation for the miracle screen; its alive and it really didn't want to it didn't. its either that or they gave it to a kid with matches and he missed the screen.

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March 6th, 2008 at 2:27 pm Nihilist Ninja says:

pokey and MllrRat have a point, plus they're not pushing the buttons so its not really "fully-functional"

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March 6th, 2008 at 2:26 pm Burksky says:

i don't believe that gameboy got melted its just crazy. and how is somebody playing tetris on that thing when it is in showcase?

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March 6th, 2008 at 2:20 pm bluerocker says:

This does not bode well for all those Gameboys in landfills already. By the looks of it, archaeologists will be able to pick them up and continue our saved games of Tetris.

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March 6th, 2008 at 1:34 pm Waffle Guy says:

Maybe it was face down or had a square rock covering the top :S

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March 6th, 2008 at 12:55 pm Pokey says:

the screen would have melted.
im not usually one to go crying fake... but cmon now. plastic is plastic.

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March 6th, 2008 at 12:13 pm MllrRat says:

you'd think it would have done something to the screen.

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March 6th, 2008 at 11:26 am Burksky says:

that is crazy how is that a game boy that got bombed still working?

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March 6th, 2008 at 10:36 am nika says:

Is there any reason why I should believe this Gameboy has really been through the Gulf war bombing, besides the label.?
I can just imagine someone going all crazy on it with a flame thrower in the bathroom. :P

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