(1989) Total Panic show on Nickelodeon – GameBoy Preview

Sorry for the horrible quality of this video, the tape has been sitting in a box since 1989. The dropped frames (grey frames) are a result of my VCR, what you see is what you get. It’s still a great watch.

Total Panic

When I was 8 I attended the filming of the Nickelodeon TV show, “Total Panic” with hosts, Greg Lee (“Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego” and the voice of Mayor White on “Doug”) and Molly Scott.

This particular video segment I uploaded above was a video game preview/review of some of the hottest “Next Gen” consoles of the day, Turbo Graphx 16, Sega Genesis, Atari Linx, and the GameBoy. Andy Eddy from Video Games & Computer Entertainment Magazine was on to give us a first look at all of the newest handhelds and consoles.

I recently dug up the VHS tape I used to record the show off of the TV back when it aired in ’89. I remember driving into NYC (from New Jersey) with all of my neighborhood friends, we thought we were so cool because we saw the GameBoy before anyone else in school. Everyone in my grade in school watched the show, so that Monday at school we were like celebrities.

Total Panic Video Games

At 5:00 in the video you’ll see me raising my hand, eagerly, to have a chance to play the Genesis:

Total Panic Me

There were some killer quotes during all that 1989 video game talk:

- “We can get a really long cord and play across town!”
– “In color? ohhh, wow!”
– “The graphics are like a painting”
– “They take an actual voice and record it then turn it into a computer program”
– “A modem is connection between two computer over a telephone.”
– “Arcade quality games, in your home!”
– “You’d both be able to play the baseball game across town, that would be wild!”
– “The name “Nintendo” is familiar to everybody who plays video games”

“What do you like about the Genesis? The controller is lighter and the graphics are better”
– “The GameBoy actually has a built in headphone jack where you can listen in STEREO!”

The segment directly after this one (not in the video) they brought out animals that were from the Wild Safari at Six Flags Great Adventure in NJ. They brought out a baby Llama and had people in the audience suggest names that they would officially name the Llama at the park. I had my hand raised the whole time and finally I got the hosts’ attention, I suggested “Spikey” and they voted and I won. So, if you see a 18 year old Llama at Six Flags say wut up.

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  • http://abxy.org/u/noodle93 Noodle_93

    STEREO!

  • http://abxy.org/u/noodle93 Noodle_93

    STEREO!

  • http://iFanboy.net/ Aschen

    omg bananaman!

    imagine in 20 years people will be laughing at us for thiking our silly old consoles like the Wii were the best ever

  • http://iFanboy.net/ Aschen

    omg bananaman!

    imagine in 20 years people will be laughing at us for thiking our silly old consoles like the Wii were the best ever

  • http://abxy.org/u/noodle93 Noodle_93

    Heheh.
    But imagine if we showed them a Wii, 360 or PS3. I think the kids would pass out!

  • http://abxy.org/u/noodle93 Noodle_93

    Heheh.
    But imagine if we showed them a Wii, 360 or PS3. I think the kids would pass out!

  • mazer4455

    they would be like OMG why do you have that …
    we gots the new XBOX 20k!

    it has graphics like real life not that crappy excuse of 3d rendering

  • http://www.xanga.com/relaxing_roth Roth

    WHAT A CONCEPT~!
    Now this is the kinda stuff I like to see here.
    SO EXCLUSIVE~! Exclusive stuff that you’d only find on WiiNintendo.
    Hahah, look at kid Mickey. :D/

    // Roth

  • mazer4455

    they would be like OMG why do you have that …
    we gots the new XBOX 20k!

    it has graphics like real life not that crappy excuse of 3d rendering

  • http://www.xanga.com/relaxing_roth Roth

    WHAT A CONCEPT~!
    Now this is the kinda stuff I like to see here.
    SO EXCLUSIVE~! Exclusive stuff that you’d only find on WiiNintendo.
    Hahah, look at kid Mickey. \:D/

    // Roth

  • Anza

    Wow is that old, and I SWEAR I see Phantasy Star 2 in that little demo of Sega Genesis.

  • Anza

    Wow is that old, and I SWEAR I see Phantasy Star 2 in that little demo of Sega Genesis.

  • Beximus

    lol i love the preselected random kid from the audience.

  • Beximus

    lol i love the preselected random kid from the audience.

  • JimmyDief

    I like this one… It’s different.

    Brilliant! What a stunning endorsment for the Genesis.

  • JimmyDief

    I like this one… It’s different.

    Brilliant! What a stunning endorsment for the Genesis.

  • icedog

    I was born that year. But I still did get a (see-through) Gameboy and played Pokemon Blue for hundreds of hours.

  • icedog

    I was born that year. But I still did get a (see-through) Gameboy and played Pokemon Blue for hundreds of hours.

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  • http://www.boggie.org/ boggie

    i love how you left the bananaman intro at the end, brings back so many memories. i remeber xmas ’89 when i got my gameboy. happy happy times.

  • http://www.boggie.org boggie

    i love how you left the bananaman intro at the end, brings back so many memories. i remeber xmas ’89 when i got my gameboy. happy happy times.

  • sleepy

    u must be a big nerd

  • sleepy

    u must be a big nerd

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    >> u must be a big nerd

    HUGE nerd. How bout’ you? You must be a really cool dude.

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    >> u must be a big nerd

    HUGE nerd. How bout’ you? You must be a really cool dude.

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  • C. Sobieniak

    Noticed the clip was taken down now. Is there any way you can put it back up, if only as an avi we could download elsewhere?

  • C. Sobieniak

    Noticed the clip was taken down now. Is there any way you can put it back up, if only as an avi we could download elsewhere?