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! 🙂

19 thoughts on “R.I.P. Game Boy?!?

  1. If a newbie like me have managed to repair a Game Gear I’m sure you can do it as well! 🙂 Maybe some blown capacitors? In case the problem is this you will find a cheap set of them to replace. Don’t give upo on your Game Boy, maybe he’s only sleeping!

  2. Good luck on the repairs…. i feel your pain, i have an old (one of the first touch screen) tablet that has the same problem (bad screen)…repairing looks a bit complex and when i have some money, i think i’ll tackle it but just can’t seem to give or toss it away. Fingers are crossed for both of us!!

    1. Bummer about the tablet! I hope you are able to fix it! See if maybe they have some YouTube videos that tell you how to fix it? But yeah, I hope I can fix the Game Boy because I’m just not ready to give up on it!!

  3. Aw! I hope the little guy pulls through. 🙂 I took an electronics program in college but I’ve forgotten almost everything since my current job doesn’t use those skills, haha.

    1. I hope so too!! That’s neat that you took a class like that… I’ve never done anything like it so I have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m willing to try! 🙂 My husband used to do computer repair and he has experience with soldering and things like that so maybe he can help out!

  4. Awww 😦 I hope you can figure it out! My childhood GB screen plate fell off completely a few years ago, and I haven’t played anything on the original hardware since. I know how you’re feeling entirely.

      1. I’ve considered trying to glue it back on, but I’m not sure if the chemicals might react or do something to the screen… boooo. I really hope you can fix yours too!

  5. I hope you’re able to repair your Game Boy! I feel lucky to have several from my childhood that still work and it would be a shame to lose an old console like that. Keep us posted on how the repairs go!

  6. When mt first GameBoy 2-3 years ago I gave it a Viking burial. Strapped it to a small boat and set it on fire.

    After that I’ve had like 4 break in the last year, so resorting to using the GBA as a GameBoy.

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