I scored this absolutely PERFECT Game Boy box today! The earbuds are still sealed, the only thing that wasn’t in there (besides the Game Boy) was the 4 batteries. The box and styrofoam is absolutely flawless. I popped in my Game Boy and Tetris for the photo.
I know maybe only game collectors get all excited about boxes but it’s SO RARE to find a box that is truly mint and so well taken care of for something from 1989!!! This was probably opened once, then store away in a box for 27 years.
Excuse me while I get choked up for a second.
My parents were amazing to me as a kid. I distinctly remember the day my parents got me a Game Boy. It was a Saturday morning, my dad took me to Toys R’ Us nice and early. We went to the back, picked up the tag, took it to the cage in the front, got it, and then we proceeded to go to Burger King. I liked Burger King more than McDonalds back then. IT was all about their chicken fingers. They were way better than McDonalds. They had spice to them and they were bigger. I was a fat kid even when I wasn’t yet fat.
Sitting in that Burger King, which is now a Starbucks and cell phone store, I pulled out the Gameboy box from the bag. I gently opened it up, slid out the foam and I remember holding it in my hand. It was so big. I was 6. It was heavier than I expected. The headphones didn’t feel comfortable in my ears.
That Game Boy got a lot of love. I played it on a regular basis for years. Multiple carrying cases (one shaped like a giant Game Boy), tons of lights and accessories to make the screen look bigger, or to add big stereo speakers… The racket for Game Boy add ons was crazy. The contraptions people built were insane. the magnifying folding speaker sets were always the funniest. I must have gone through hundreds of batteries until 7 years later and I got my hands on my first Game Boy pocket and a copy of Pokémon Red. My brother also got his first Game Boy too.
My mom would get us those.
Long road trips were a treat after I got this. Damn.