R.I.P. Game Boy?!?

My Game Boy
My Game Boy… please don’t be dead!!

As I mentioned in a previous post where I played though Hoshi no Kirby to celebrate Kirby’s 25th anniversary, I had fully intended to play the game on my original Game Boy. I figured why not have the authentic experience and play the game how it was originally intended, right?

Well, my Game Boy had other ideas. In fact, it just flat out refused to work! I put in one set of batteries and when those didn’t work, I figured I had accidentally grabbed some bad batteries. So I tried another set. And another set. Nope. Nothing worked.

I checked the battery terminals, which really looked quite clean for a system that has been used A LOT since 1992. I cleaned them anyway. I still got nothing.

I dug through cords I had and found a plug that would fit into the Game Boy- I was hoping an external power supply would be the answer. But no, that didn’t work either.

I came to the conclusion that the problem must lie in my Game Boy’s screen. The last couple times I played with it, part of the right side of the screen was cut off- it was as if all those pixels were dead or something. It really didn’t interfere with gameplay that much, so I didn’t think it was a big deal.

Well, I guess I was wrong, because now it’s not working at all 😦 The power light doesn’t even come on, which makes me think it is definitely the screen… some troubleshooting tips I looked up all seem to point in that direction.

Why am I rambling on about a 25 year old plastic, clunky off-white box? Because to me, that clunky little box IS my childhood. I spent an ungodly amount of hours playing games on it, and it has brought me so much joy. I guess… I guess since I’ve lost so much this year, I almost feel like if my Game Boy is truly dead, that’s just something else that’s gone too. I realize that it’s just an inanimate object, but I can’t help feeling sad about it!

BUT! I’m remaining hopeful that I can fix it! I have zero experience with repairs, and I’m a little clumsy, but I’m willing to try. I’ve read some articles and watched a couple tutorials that show how to repair Game Boy screens, so I’m going to give it a whirl. What’s the worst that could happen? At the very least, I’ll know I tried to fix it before giving up on it forever.

Sorry if this post is a little morose, but I truly am bummed about my poor Game Boy. I’ll keep everyone posted on if I am able to repair it successfully or not. Wish me luck, and if you have any tips, they would be greatly appreciated! 🙂