Old Game Boy Ads Weren't Exactly Family Friendly

Old Game Boy Ads Weren't Exactly Family Friendly

Nintendo's cultivated an image as the most squeaky clean creator on game company block, but it wasn't always that way. And by that I mean the '90s were weird, you guys.

Gaming tumblr Pxlbyte brings us a smattering of old ads for the Game Boy and Game Boy Pocket, a few of which are oddly... sexual.

Old Game Boy Ads Weren't Exactly Family Friendly
Old Game Boy Ads Weren't Exactly Family Friendly
Old Game Boy Ads Weren't Exactly Family Friendly

And then there's this one, which is just... um.

Old Game Boy Ads Weren't Exactly Family Friendly

Wow. Wooooooooow.

I did a little more searching myself and found a couple about how the Game Boy is -- shockingly! -- better than inflicting horrible bodily harm on yourself. I never would have guessed.

Old Game Boy Ads Weren't Exactly Family Friendly
Old Game Boy Ads Weren't Exactly Family Friendly

Those faces. Horrifying! That pun. Maybe worse.

So there you go: some hyper weird sexualisation, cultural insensitivity, and pure, unbridled terror. Because when I think of the Game Boy, I totally think of those things. Just like Quake always reminds me of nightmare-inducingly creepy family gatherings.

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Comments

    Alternative title: "Gameboy advertising isn't as good as it used to be"

    I remember seeing the hole in the head one in an old mad magazine back in the day. No way could the first 2 get past review boards now days.

    haha i love that African one... that one was actually run in Australia in the NMS (Nintendo magazine System) pretty sure i still have the issue in the shed at home too.

    So, what Nintendo are saying is that instead of special nail polish, women should carry a gameboy pocket on them instead?

    Oh dear god i remember these O_O

      Exactly my reaction too.

        Yep - I used to buy Gamepro, EGM, any gaming mag I could lay my hands on - those were the days (man alive I'm old!)

    I had comics with these ads inside them, they were great.

    I like how the screen looks like it was backlit

    You forgot "More fun than a slap in the face with a cold fish"

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