[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Nuby Game Light

May 2nd, 2011 by Benj Edwards

Nuby Game Boy Game Light Package Insert - ca. 1991“Lets You Use Your Game Boy In The Dark.” (see back)

[ From Nuby Game Boy Game Light Package Insert, circa 1991 ]

Discussion Topic of the Week: Did you use any accessories with your Game Boy back in the day? Which ones?

13 Responses to “[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Nuby Game Light”

  1. RC Says:

    I had this light. I think a light was almost a necessity for the first Game Boy. I also remember there being a more expensive one where the lights folded open on the sides and it had a piece to turn the control pad into more of an analog stick.

  2. jdiwnab Says:

    For the original GameBoy, I totally used a flashlight. Very awkward, but the only thing I had.

    For the Gameboy Color and the original Gameboy Advanced, I had things that flipped down over the screen and provided light and (iirc) magnification. They where ugly and ate batteries, but where basically needed for these screens.

  3. Chris Says:

    My favorite Game Boy accessory was the big giant shell you put it in that provided light, magnification, a thumb joystick, and speakers (I think it was made by Nuby as well). It was giant and heavy, but still awesome.

  4. XCALIBR8 Says:

    I used the Vic Tokai Light Boy (light + magnifier) religiously. Allowed me to complete a lot of my gameboy titles in the dead of night.

  5. Tim Says:

    Yeah, I used accessories to play my Game Boy — this one! In fact, I still have it in a pile of old game accessories. But, strangely enough, I don’t have the original Game Boy to use it with, anymore.

  6. SirPaul Says:

    The only accessory I used was the official external battery pack for it. Saved a ton of money on batteries.

  7. JackSoar Says:

    I had friends who used lights like that with their Game Boys, but the only real accessory I used with mine was the camera. I can’t believe there was ever a time when I thought it was so cool to take low-res, pea soup-colored digital pictures with my Game Boy.

  8. Alexander Says:

    I started with a Game Boy Color and since I loved to play Pokemon in the car at night, I always used a worm light. It cut down on battery life, but it was totally worth it.

    When the first Game Boy Advance was released, I used a cover light that was paired with a magnifier. That made the GBA very easy to use. Besides that, I used the car adapter to get the light the way I liked it.

  9. Glenn Broadway Says:

    I won a competition in C&VG magazine in which the prize was a massive stack of Nuby accessories. You had to design and draw a new accessory. I entered twice (illegally!) and I think it was my Game-Gun that won (a light gun for the Gameboy). My other suggestion was a pair of 3D VR Goggles that plugged in to the Gameboy – absurd that that actually came true! (They were both tongue in cheek, honest.)

    Funny thing was, half the prize never turned up and although I got a couple of letters from the magazine, I am still owed, to this day, a battery pack and some speakers!

  10. Jim U. Says:

    I had the external battery pack. Man, that thing was a giant brick.

  11. Jason Says:

    I always used to borrow my cousin’s Light Boy(officially licensed), as well as the magnifier. He also had the speaker set-up for it with a carrying case and everything. The only accessory that I owned for a Game Boy was the Worm Light for my Game Boy Color(late nineties). This ad is a perfect example of how much times have changed!

  12. Bob Says:

    I had a 3rd party battery pack. Made life a lot easier, though it stuck out a mile from the back of the Game Boy. Truth be told, I played GB more on my Super Game Boy than on the actual Game Boy.

  13. David Spalding Says:

    I still have my Gameboy 1.0. I had the case that held the GameBoy, several games, earbuds, link cable… About the only accessory I bought was the plug-in rechargeable battery which also served as an AC power source for the GameBoy.

    I should pull it out and play some Chessmaster3000 or Qix….

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