The GameBoy Advance was great. I don’t think anyone is going to deny that. But what if you went back in time and killed Hitler... with a GBA?
You remember that opening sentence? Scrap it! I mean, there’d be better ways to murder a dictator than using a GBA. It wouldn’t be the worst choice of blunt object that you could choose, though. I mean, do you remember how impressively durable they were? Let me rephrase: “Do you realize how impressively durable they are?”
I had to rephrase that last sentence because you don’t have to wonder. Go to the drawer where your mom stuck all of your old Pokemon cards and forgotten 3.5 inch floppy disks, and grab your old GBA... Go ahead. I’ll wait...
Okay. Now that you’ve found it, stick a couple “double A’s” in there (you’re going to need a piece of scotch tape to hold the batteries in. how could you have lost the battery door?). See? Still works after, what? Like fifteen years of disuse?
I love my Nintendo Switch and it’s pretty durable but it’s durability is nothing compared to the GBA and GBAsp. We all had that young cousin or best friend’s little brother that beat the ever-loving piss out of their GBA, didn’t we? Do you remember what happened to that system? Let me tell you; through the speghetti sauce and the thick layer of candy dust that coats that poor unfortunate system, it still works.
This isn’t new. Nintendo has always built their handhelds to last, pretty much, forever. I’m sure you’ve heard the story of the GameBoy that survived a bombing during the Gulf War? Short story-even shorter; A GameBoy was recovered after a bombing, during the Gulf War. the system still worked, even though the screen had melted (along with almost all of the rest of the system). The story was brought to the attention of Nintendo, they replaced the screen, then set the thing in a glass case at their Nintendo store in New York to play Tetris, as a testament to the majesty of Nintendo’s R&D department.
I have a friend that dropped his fuchsia GBA in the ocean back in 2003 and I wouldn’t be surprised, at all, to hear a news story where a school of jelly fish had been found playing Mega Man Zero.
Through the drops, the spills, the losing it under the couch cushion for 3 weeks, our GameBoy Advance’s kept coming back to us. Maybe they looked a little worse for wear, but they still played their hearts out.