I am a long time Nintendo handheld gamer, but were it not for a family tragedy when I was young I might never have picked up a portable system.  My brother, suffering from the leukemia (ALL) that would eventually kill him, was given a Game Boy and four games – shown below – by the local branch of the Lions Club.  I don’t know the reasons behind the generous donation, but it was a toy that was shared by the whole family and gave us some good times in the midst of pain.


Although we couldn’t afford any games aside from Super Mario Land, Baseball, Tetris, and Motorcross Maniacs, it was still a lot of fun and a much different experience than sitting in front of the C64 or NES to play games.  Many an hour was wasted swapping the Game Boy around to top each others’ Tetris score on the couch, and even my mother – who does not game – got in on the action.  She was wickedly good at Tetris too.

Super Mario Land was (and is) a great little platformer and as much as I thought I was skilled for beating it, I was in awe when my youngest brother- only three years old at the time – managed to work his way through the game entirely unassisted.  Neither Motorcross Maniacs or BAseball hold up particularly well, but for the first generation of portable consoles they were more than enough.

The Game Boy still works to this day… though blowing the cartridge slot out periodically is the key to a smooth experience.

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2 Responses to “My gaming history: Game Boy”

  1. Really great that you still have this as a keepsake. I still have some stuff belonging to my brother, Richard, and it’s really important to me – it’s the stuff I would grab if the house went on fire. Sill luv ya bruv. :*)

    • I hear you. My parents have some other keepsakes of his – old baseball cards, some of his favorite comics, stuff like that. The Game Boy was pretty neat though, and I was really happy when I was allowed to adopt it.

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