Vintage Handheld Game Guts
By James Grahame
Halloween seems like the perfect time to feature gory snapshots of eviscerated electronic games. In an attempt to ward off the ghoulish ghosts of needlessly slaughtered electronics, we present Handheld Museum's Game Guts! page. This blasphemous collection features the mysterious innards of dozens of classic handheld and tabletop games including Coleco Alien Attack, Bandai Galaxian, Mattel Classic Football, a Nintendo tabletop and even a dismembered GCE Game Time Watch.
I was the type of kid who disassembled all of his toys. It was often enlightening when pulling apart an electromechanical game like Tomy's Blip or Atomic Pinball, but electronic devices were completely baffling because they contained a seemingly random assortment of integrated circuits. The idea of popping open an irreplaceable mint condition Nintendo Game & Watch seems too ghoulish to contemplate these days, so it's a good thing that the kind spooks at Handheld Museum have taken the time to document their autopsies for our viewing pleasure.