There was a time when gaming was simple. Content is physically distributed, does not need to be downloaded, there are no updates, and the player does not need to be always online. We just need to turn on the device and start enjoying the game. In this era Tiger Electronics triumphed. The company from the United States is famous for officially licensed handheld LCD toys such as RoboCop, Terminator, to Spider-Man.
After operating for more than three decades, Tiger Electronics finally stopped operating in 2012. Through the merging step a few twelve years earlier, the Tiger brand is now owned by Hasbro and they intend to revive it. This week, Hasbro announced plans to launch a number of Tiger monochrome new handheld LCD game systems. As usual, each device is dedicated to running just one game.
For now, there are four choices of handheld Tiger games that Hasbro has prepared, namely Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Transformers: Generation 2, X-Men Project X, and Sonic the Hedgehog 3. The company said that each of these titles was inspired by the original version being released in the 90s. These toys are suitable to be used as a nostalgic gift, or as a way to show small children how small pieces of gaming activities in the past.
All four handheld toys have a similar button design and layout (except for The Little Mermaid which only has two directional buttons). The only difference is in the illustration. All of them present monochromatic LCD-based graphics, are positioned on a colored background, and are powered by a pair of AA batteries. Hasbro explained that the design and technology they use here is truly oriented to the original handheld product.
Tiger handheld toys gained popularity because for parents at the time, they were a more affordable alternative to Game Boy. Nintendo 8-bit consoleportable was launched in 1989, priced at US $ 90 per unit with game prices reaching US $ 30. Meanwhile, Tiger Electronics products can be owned simply by spending a dozen dollars.
Besides the price being far more affordable, another advantage of Tiger handheld toys compared to Game Boy is its appearance. You can see for yourself the attractive pictures that the manufacturer put on the casing. Presentations like this ultimately make each Tiger product worth collecting.
The four Tiger retro handheld games are reportedly able to be ordered through Gamestop, sold at US $ 15. But it seems like the new product is prepared locally for consumers in America only.