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A treasure trove of handheld video games from the '80s added to the Internet Archive

A treasure trove of handheld video games from the '80s added to the Internet Archive
From Mashable - March 18, 2018

Tiger Electronics. Coleco. Konami. Bandai.

These are all familiar publishers for gamers from the '80s. Back in the days when Nintendo's biggest competitor in the living room was Atari, the handheld market was dominated by battery-operated LCD games.

Now, many of those games live on, thanks to the Internet Archive.

The digital library's ongoing efforts to preserve old games and softwarea process that began around four years agohave now given us the Handheld History Collection. The lineup of games, tabletop machines, and board games covers products released over a big stretch of time, from the 1970s into the 1990s.

It's a collection that includes roughly 60 titles, from names you knowlike Pac-Man and Donkey Kongto games that you have probably never heard of. Did you know, for example, that Tiger released a handheld MC Hammer game at one point? Or that Q*Bert's tabletop arcade release has a very different look?

You may be surprised to see how different some of these games are from the way you know them on other platforms. Early handhelds were severely limited in what they could do, and they were usually built around a small handful of easily repeatable core mechanics. Difficulty was often a matter of speeding things up or slowing them down.

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