Game Boy Oddities

Game Boy Oddities

When Nintendo released the original Game Boy twenty years ago next week, wheels of capitalism and creativity immediately started turning in noggins across the globe.  From artists mesmerized with the gaming gadget’s iconic status to inventors who saw it as a way to make the world a better place to folks who just wanted to cash in, the Game Boy has inspired weird accessories, variations, and tributes.  After seeing the items I rounded up for this extravaganza, you’ll probably agree that the public’s infatuation with this classic handheld has grown far beyond Nintendo’s wildest dreams.


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  1. fess April 14, 2009 at 5:07 pm #

    fake,

    the video from the them shows the kid “tripping out” on his hand while he’s sedated, which a real firm would not have left in.

    second, it claims a patent which has nothing to do with the pedisedate. http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT6697363

  2. fess April 14, 2009 at 5:16 pm #

    well, the end of the video lists a different patent, which actually seems to be about an inhalation device.

    http://www.google.com/patents?vid=USPAT5697363

    so. I guess that lends some legitimacy to the thing.

    Still the trippy hand thing seems a pretty weird thing to include in the video about it being a great medical tool.

  3. Abhi Shah April 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm #

    yeahhhhh … thats what i am talking about
    http://abhi.com.np/blog/

  4. jusum April 30, 2009 at 4:04 am #

    would be a very cool trick to get more japanese buyers. janome is the leading brand in all of asia I think. for me, who loves nintendo’s handhelds and my sewing machines are smiling when seeing this. true or not, awesome idea!

  5. Zoe-chan May 3, 2009 at 12:33 pm #

    You forgot the gameboy fishfinder…

    http://www.gamersgraveyard.com/repository/gameboy/peripherals/pocketsonar.html

  6. Yosp June 7, 2009 at 5:28 pm #

    I used to have the gum package, those were some memories.

  7. Anna July 11, 2009 at 12:02 pm #

    I am 101% sure I have seen the see-through game boys in Denmark, even in different colours as mentioned.

  8. dave July 23, 2009 at 3:07 pm #

    I stumbled into this page, which at first glance, appeared like something I wanted to read… then I discovered the first page was already over, and there were seven more like it. I then pressed “Stumble” again.

    I hope you’ve learned your lesson.

  9. Adam August 15, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    yeah i saw this when i went to NYC a few weeks ago. I’m sure if it was a game boy pocket it wouldn’t have made it, those original game boys are like solid bricks.

  10. Chris August 17, 2009 at 11:51 pm #

    Heh–the ones commenting on the see-through GB. Notice that the one shown is a *back-lit* original GB (they just happened to get the clear case version for the pic).

    The sewing machine one is kind of neat. The race-radio one…interesting, and for some reason reminds me of the old TV Tuner add-on for the Game Gear. The glucose tester thing…interesting, but a a bad idea, I think–if nothing else, it’d encourage the kid to stick themselves way too often. :-/

    As far as the Pedisedate…frankly, you’ve got it completely bass-ackwards, unfortunately. It isn’t a Game Boy addon as such. It’s a sedative inhaler for children that can have pretty much any handheld or music player attached to it (which if you would have seen if you actually read the site you linked to) to distract the kid from the process of being sedated–not sure about the technical aspects, but I’m presuming the only reason there’s even a hookup at all is because they figured they might as well put headphones in the set along with the inhaler ‘snorkel’. Also keep in mind this in no way, shape, or form a general consumer item, either–it’s meant entirely for licensed medical practitioners only.

  11. acabaca September 17, 2009 at 5:54 am #

    Another oddity: The Finnish musician Huoratron composes and plays his songs on two modified Nintendo Gameboys.

    http://www.myspace.com/huoratron

  12. oyunlar September 22, 2009 at 12:05 pm #

    thanks for this post, really good..

  13. hothit October 4, 2009 at 7:24 am #

    Wow, I think that game boy lose in the market many year ago.

  14. promote October 4, 2009 at 7:27 am #

    Thank for this story.. Why it has 14 page , it is difficult to read.

  15. Marc November 7, 2009 at 3:47 am #

    I used to own a digital game boy watch (I was about 7). I was shaped like a game boy with all the buttons and had one racing game built into it, and a digital alarm.

  16. Marc November 7, 2009 at 5:32 am #

    Wow I found one on ebay 🙂 http://tinyurl.com/y9ok7nx – good to see a photo, was quite a cool gadget back in the day.

  17. Deenox January 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

    Thank you for eccentricity, some are new to me.

  18. promoteweb January 22, 2010 at 4:20 am #

    I used to own a digital game boy watch (I was about 7). I was shaped like a game boy with all the buttons and had one racing game built into it, and a digital alarm.

  19. โตโยต้ายาริส January 22, 2010 at 4:23 am #

    yeah i saw this when i went to NYC a few weeks ago. I’m sure if it was a game boy pocket it wouldn’t have made it, those original game boys are like solid bricks.

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  22. Chandra March 1, 2010 at 1:42 am #

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  23. travel March 16, 2010 at 12:58 am #

    Thanks for share. Technologizer has put together a list of some of the weirdest accessories, variations and tributes to the most.

  24. Raphaël Confiant March 21, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

    Thank you for the great story.

  25. MikeTheInfidel April 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

    The guy who photoshopped the PSPBoy is actually named MaDSouL. He makes music: http://team-duck.com/madsoul/

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  27. iPad Apps June 29, 2010 at 12:42 am #

    Classic! Well, I still have my old game boy kept inside my box. However I'm now staying in front of my computer plating OnLive game.

  28. Sell Gold For Cash August 4, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    I still remember getting my original gameboy back when I was a kid. Really got me into the world of gaming for the first time. In fact I think I still have it stored somewhere.

  29. Email Marketing August 6, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    These old games are sweet!! Do you remember when you use to have to blow inside the game cartridge to get the game to work? Awww that fun gaming days.

  30. Work home business August 10, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    I forgot about gameboys, these are awesome! I used to play these things everyday. Good memories.

  31. routers home August 16, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    there is also the gameboy fishfinder

  32. skin clinic brisbane August 18, 2010 at 10:52 am #

    Nintendo has always been a favorite of mine, even though there have been countless updates and other systems developed, I still prefer the Nintendo NES and game boy.

  33. mick stop September 24, 2010 at 12:38 am #

    My dad said that there are some "odd things" in the wizard of oz like a little boy peering around a tree in one of the tin man scenes. Does anyone know any others besides the hanging midget one? Where are they exactly (I gotta check 'em out of course)

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  36. su. October 5, 2010 at 12:45 am #

    would be a very cool trick to get more japanese buyers. janome is the leading brand in all of asia I think. for me, who loves nintendo's handhelds and my sewing machines are smiling when seeing this. true or not, awesome idea!

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