Here we have an array of major Game Boy components: two plastic halves, a battery door, four circuit boards, and the control apparatus. It’s actually a pretty simple construction, which has no doubt contributed to the handheld’s longevity in the field. I’ve had at least two friends drop their Game Boys in the toilet, and the units lived to play Tetris another day. (One of my friends, however, confesses that his Game Boy’s life ended when he fiercely headbutted it out of frustration.)
Now I need to put everything back together. I must admit that when I first dissected a Game Boy, at age 12, I had difficulty reassembling it. A quick visit to my father’s workbench rectified the situation–he was good at that sort of thing. This time I have to do it on my own, so wish me luck.