Yes, a Game Boy survived a bombing raid. But as famous as that story is, who's to say it wasn't a fluke? So Wired got Nintendo's old handheld and did some slightly more scientific study on it.

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I say slightly because that test involved dropping it a couple of times then having a giant man smash one with a sledgehammer.

Which isn't very scientific at all, but while the hammer was entertaining, that 15-foot drop was impressive. I've dropped phones - made from all kinds of modern, advanced composites and materials not even used in 1989 - from 1/4 of that distance and had them almost disintegrate. Yet the Game Boy was almost unscathed.

Nintendo Gameboy vs. Sledgehammer - WIRED's Battle Damage [Wired]

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Owner of that gameboy gets to be the kid with tape over their battery port. Much mocking is in their future.