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Back in the day, if you wanted to get in gaming on the go, standalone handhelds were just about your only option. These clunky and frequently poorly conceived games were all the rage in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, but most youngsters from modern times have never clapped peepers on the things…Until “Teens React” got a hold of a bunch of the devices, that is.
Before the Vita, 3DS and mobile devices, the only way you could really enjoy video games on the road to grandma’s house or riding on the bus to school was to play handheld games. These single title offerings usually boasted licensed properties and, more often than not, were produced by Tiger Electronics.
These featured an LCD screen with a handful of pre-set animations designed to give a rough estimation of what playing games on the go should feel like, as well as whatever buttons you needed to get the job done. Some of the Tiger games I remember from my youth were actually pretty entertaining (any port in a storm, I suppose), while the majority of the games served as little more than mild distractions.
The popular Teens React video series has now done what it does best, pairing a bunch of youths with these bulky pieces of gaming history. Watch these modern youngsters do their best to wrap their minds around the madness…
If you enjoyed that, you can check out some similar videos featuring Mario Kart 64, the old school Mega Man games and the original NES itself.
I actually remember every single game being shown here. My brother, sports fan that he is, received the Bo Jackson dual-game for Christmas one year, which instantly made me jealous because my Ninja Turtles basketball game only featured a single game. The Jurassic Park game was a personal favorite simply because I was such a fan of the movie. My cousin had the Full House game, which my younger self stubbornly refused to play because it was pink.
The game that probably got the most use in my collection was Double Dragon, because it allowed me to punch and kick a seemingly endless number of baddies. Other properties to get the portable game treatment included Castlevania, Aladdin, Mega Man, Mortal Kombat and Sonic just to name a few. They were poor representations of their console counterparts but, hey, they allowed you to (kinda) play games when you weren’t at home, so nobody was complaining.
This has gotten me wondering what modern games would likely be turned into plastic handhelds and what type of gameplay they’d feature. A simple Call of Duty shooter seems like an obvious choice, as does three handheld games from the Assassin’s Creed series on an annual basis. Uncharted would probably make a good runner on a Tiger platform. We’re open to your ideas in the comments section below.