Old Game Boy Ads Weren’t Exactly Family Friendly

Old Game Boy Ads Weren’t Exactly Family Friendly
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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.

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

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.

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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