December 1, 2023

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It appears that Nintendo has retired the Game Boy Gulf War

It appears that Nintendo has retired the Game Boy Gulf War
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Nintendo was famous in its early years of video game development for its durable and long-lasting hardware, but one system that outdid them all was the legendary Game Boy. In fact, there is one famous Game Boy as you may remember that was damaged in a bombing during the Gulf War and still works!

In an update, the Game Boy appears to have been retired from active duty. “VGArtandTidbits” on Twitter A Nintendo New York Store employee asked about it “after not seeing it on display for a while” and was informed that the iconic handheld had been returned to Nintendo’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington.

Here’s Nintendo’s simple history of the system. You can still see the original Game Boy Tetris running on the screen.

“This Game Boy was damaged when the barracks were bombed during the 1990-1991 Gulf War. It still works.”

Siliconera He also shared a little info on the Game Boy’s backstory:

The console was originally owned by Dr. Stefan Scoggins, a medic deployed during Operation Desert Storm in 1990-1991. While the front of the Game Boy was completely burned during the Gulf War, it can still be played. After returning from the war, The Game Boy unit was displayed at Nintendo NYC Store as a testament to the system’s durability. Nintendo gave Dr. Scoggins a Game Boy replacement “as a special compliment to Desert Storm.”

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