Hey everybody, I was talking with GBD last night about Nintendo Handhelds and I realized I have a very strong relationship with Handhelds and thought I'd talk about it a bit. I'm gonna break this sucker into two parts, don't worry it's not a series, it's just a super long post. Also Nintendo Ads in the 90's were super weird. I've owned every single Nintendo Handheld ever, also the PSP and Vita. I love my handhelds and each one was special to me in it's own way. Although they probably didn't always love me back. I was a kid and didn't take particularly good care of them along the way. Now I've grown to learn to take care of my handhelds better because they're such a big part of my gaming DNA but I thought I'd give you a taste of what happened to each of them.
Not mine personally, I don't have any photos of my handhelds >.>
I had the original Brick of a gameboy for probably the longest of any of my handhelds, I kept it for long after I had gotten others where it lovingly sat in a drawer of fond memories, I got this at an extremely young age. I have some pretty awesome memories with this bad boy. My mom was a single mother who worked. She didn't have the ability to hire a babysitter for me every night and so I would go with her to her office on nights where she had to work especially late. I didn't mind, in fact I enjoyed these nights because it meant I would get to play with the awesome Gameboy for longer periods of time than I was normally allowed to. I had Super Mario World and Tetris and for my young mind that was all I needed to get going. Eventually I would add others: one of the Batman movie tie ins, which was pretty bad and the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers game. But those two first were always what I went back to.
After that I just had to get that red gameboy pocket, "it's so much slimmer Mom"! I got it and here is where I think that I found out I would be a gamer for life. I bought a new game with my own money that I had saved from allowance over the course of a couple months. It was shiny and new and launch day for the game. That game? Pokemon Blue. I got it on one of those late night journeys to mom's office. The thing was though we got it on the way home, so I didn't get to play it all night! I was so excited about this game I stared at it's box the whole way home. It was back in the day when you couldn't play handhelds in the dark they weren't backlit and I didn't have one of those lights for it until I got the color. I got home and mom told me to go to bed, the game would be there in the morning. I whined, I complained, but she wouldn't budge. I relented and took the game and the gameboy up to my room and what happened next would cement my status as a gamer for life. I waited until I heard my mom go to bed and then I did what any excited child would do, sneak into your bathroom where the light wouldn't reach the hallway with my game in hand and play all night long, I started my adventure with Pokemon there and it would be a life long bond with gaming. Sadly my time with gameboy pocket wouldn't last forever. I was taking a trip to somewhere on a train with gameboy pocket in tow, and as I departed the train I looked through my pockets frantically, I couldn't find my gameboy! It turns out I had left it on the train, which really sucks and it would leave me without a handheld until the next version of the gameboy came out.
I got the gameboy color as a birthday present one year and it had color! gone were the green and blacks of the old gameboys and in were some pretty colors! I got the new system and was ecstatic, I took it everywhere. I got my favorite game Pokemon Silver (Lugia was so better than Ho-oh) And a number of other games, nights at the office were still a regular occurrence, but now they were oh so much more colorful :3 new games, new tech (gameboy camera anyone?) and I began my love affair with the gameboy once more. I again had a problem with public transportation though. My grandparents lived in Mexico at the time, my grandmother had emphysema and the warmer climate helped her breathe. It was Christmas time and we went down to visit. It was a great time and I brought my gameboy color with me. I didn't get much time to play it down there, but I would play at night before bed time. On the way back around new years I had realized as I was getting off the plane I had left it in the seat pocket of the plane! We were already at the luggage check and couldn't go back for it, so again I had lost a handheld. I cried a lot at that one.
I got the gameboy advance next, and this one was pretty uneventful until it broke, I loved it had some great games that I wish I could still go back and play without an emulator, but hey whatever. It ended it's life at a summer camp right after the SP had come out, it was in my pocket when I fell and the screen cracked. I wasn't too terribly upset because I had wanted the SP anyway!
I got the SP and it's the only gameboy I had after the original that lasted it's whole lifespan healthily and I think it's a good place to end our little chat about handhelds today. I really loved the system, it was smaller and it had a lid to protect that screen, it was backlit! It was really a fantastic piece of tech and I think I still have it somewhere...
What do you guys think about handhelds? They were such a big part of my gaming dna, I think I actually played more handheld games than console games throughout the course of my life, even though the handhelds themselves didn't always last that long....