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“In a split-second I’d throw this in the trash.”
Complaints about the device, which sold 64 million units, range from the screen’s monochrome palette to the absence of apps to the inconvenience of having to press actual buttons to accomplish anything. “I kind of feel bad for the people in the past,” a young man comments in what has to be the understatement of the century. We burned through all those batteries for this?
It’s impossible to deny that technology has improved by leaps and bounds over the past couple decades, but all the same, if I got ahold of this vintage model and a Super Mario Land cartridge, that would be the last you heard from me for weeks. My palms feel clammy already!
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'