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Remember LCD handhelds? You know, those games your parents would buy if they were too cheap to get you a Game Boy? For some inexplicable reason, Hasbro is bringing them back into the gaming market.

There doesn’t seem to be a press release on Hasbro’s website yet, but The Verge is reporting that Tiger Electronics LCD handhelds are set to re-emerge this fall. There will be four versions, each priced at $14.99 (batteries not included).

These comprise The Little Mermaid, Transformers: Generation 2, X-Men Project X, and Sonic the Hedgehog 3. “The design and technology were created with the original handheld game unit in mind,” says Hasbro.

It isn’t clear why Hasbro chose these properties in particular. Sonic, Transformers, and X-Men are pretty huge, but The Little Mermaid? Keep in mind that there were a ton of Tiger Handhelds made, so the company could have chosen anything from Beavis & Butthead to Street Fighter II.

Tiger Electronics’s resurrected handhelds are already up for preorder at GameStop. Could they save the ailing retail chain?

TIGER ELECTRONICS: SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 3 ELECTRONIC LCD VIDEO GAME

  • It’s an exciting adventure as players try to defeat Dr. Eggman in all six stages to win the game.

TIGER ELECTRONICS: DISNEY’S LITTLE MERMAID ELECTRONIC LCD Video Game

  • It’s a journey of discovery as players help Ariel pick up human possessions. But beware of Ursala, the evil sea witch!

TIGER ELECTRONICS: TRANSFORMERS’ GENERATION 2 ELECTRONIC LCD Video Game

  • Inspired by the original from the 1990s, play as Optimus Prime and battle to stop the Decepticons from causing total destruction. Go through four stages of play defeating enemy bosses, ending with the final defeat of STARSCREAM.

TIGER ELECTRONICS: MARVEL’s X-MEN: PROJECT X ELECTRONIC LCD VIDEO GAME

  • Play as Cyclops, and fire optic lasers to defeat the evil mutants Juggernaut and Apocalypse. Need help? Pick up the “X” mark and Wolverine will give you a hand. Go through 5 stages of play trying not to lose lives and jumping up to the sun to recharge.

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6 Comments

  1. I had a Double Dragon handheld as a kid.

    Even though it was nothing compared to a true video game console, I did spend a lot of time on it.

  2. Bringing these back?! WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT
    Despite having access to real video games on consoles and PC back during the days when Tiger Electronics handhelds were around and plentiful, I still did play a lot of those things. Everyone I knew did. I wonder how Hasbro decided on the 4 games to be the first to be re-released. Are these things even gonna sell in this time period? I got nostalgic memories of them myself, but there’s no way in fuck I would buy ’em today.
  3. These were the horrible poor kid version of a game boy that I endured as a kid.

    No nostalgia value to me…. I probably need a therapist.

  4. Wh… they are missing the boat here. They could EASILY make the device be a single device with all of those old games loaded on it then it would be like that stupid atari conroller/console thing or the dumb ass mini NES with all the games built in. Melinnials would RUSH to buy them all. Then after sales calm down release an app for Android and Iphones that does it all as well for 5 bucks and those same people will double dip and buy them again.

    Unless you simply want to flood a landfill with dumb ass games bought for kids that have smartphones by great grandparents that just don’t know any better.

  5. This seems like a total waste of time and money. I agree most kids would use a smartphone over one of these.
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