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No word on whether she mastered "Pokemon: Blue", though

Released in 1988, Nintendo Comp., Ltd.'s (TYO:7974) Gameboy handheld console would for nearly two decades come to define mobile gaming.  The simple, yet beautifully engaging device moved over 118 million units worldwide.

Among the buyers was the U.S. Democratic National Party's all-but-annointed 2016 presidential race front-runner, former Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady Hillary Clinton.  Clinton first bought a Gameboy in the early 1990s for her daughter Chelsea, but started to borrwow it to pass the time on trips.  In short order the then-First-Lady soon found herself hopelessly hooked.  In an April 1993 interview [PDF] with TIME magazine, the then first lady confided:

I have become quite a fan of GameBoy.   I really became addicted … I'm going to seek treatment.

Perhaps trying to look the part of a populist amid reports that her campaign is gunning to raise $2.5B USD, the Clinton Library on Monday released this gem from 1993 onto the interwebs via Facebook Inc.'s (FB) Instagram.


The picture -- which surely has nothing to do with drowning out the noise of Peter Schweizer's uncannily timed nonfiction book "Clinton Cash" -- looks to prove once and for all to the American voter that Hillary Clinton has the chops to run the country -- or at least beat the Elite Four (in Pokemon: Blue, of course).

Okay, to be honest it's unclear what games Hillary Clinton actually plays or whether she still dusts off the nearly three decades old handheld now and then.  About the best clue we have to Clinton's gaming habits comes courtesy of a 2002 article in The New York Times, which reveals that she's a fan of Tetris -- a rather predictable choice given that it typically came bundled with the first generation Gameboy.

While Clinton's choice of handheld won't exactly wow hardcore of gaming nerds (maybe try a TurboExpress, or -- more patriotically -- an Atari Lynx if you want to do that), it certainly does evoke a certain nostalgia.  But what about the missing emails, you say?  Hush.  Enjoy the nostalgia!

(Side note:  President Obama claims to be a regular ace at Nintendo Wii bowling... but don't we all?)

Sources: Clinton Library on Instagram, via Polygon





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