My mother still has my old Super Nintendo hooked up in the basement. I think she’s afraid to take it apart so it’s been left since the day I moved out. While visiting recently, I decided to pop in Super Mario World for a few minutes just to bring back the old memories. As the power slider went Chunk, and that familiar MIDI coin noise sprung from the television, I was suddenly struck by this realization: not only is this hunk of plastic still working; but as I flipped it on it never occurred to me that it wouldn’t.
This thing is 20 years old! It has electrons running through it! Frickin electrons, people! It should be long dead. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining – at least not about my old Nintendo. But nowadays if you expect something as advanced as this thing was back then to last, you’re paying an extra 200%. And this was a toy. Granted, it hadn’t been licensed for sale here yet and my parents paid something like $300 for a grey market unit, so maybe we did get the ruggedized version.
What gadgets have you got kicking around that still work despite everything?
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