Ultra-rare giant version of Nintendo game and watch, original Game Boy, up for auction
The auction house that recently sold the rare Nintendo Play Station console is making it increasingly difficult to be a financially responsible adult. Heritage auctions just listed another rare piece of video game history with a demo machine that was used to sell Nintendo’s Game & Watch handhelds; the precursor of the Game Boy, the Nintendo DS and the Switch.
In the late ’80s and early’ 90s, Tiger Electronics released hundreds of inexpensive handheld video games that defined handheld games before the arrival of the Game Boy. But Tiger’s handhelds actually appeared years after Nintendo dove into handheld games. Throughout history, Gunpei yokoi, the famous Nintendo games and hardware designer, was inspired to create a portable electronic gaming machine after seeing a bored traveling businessman playing with a calculator.
This led to the creation of Nintendo’s Game & Watch series, a collection of over 59 portable electronic gaming devices that used predefined segmented LCD screens to facilitate very simple gameplay mechanics. They’re incredibly crass by today’s portable gaming standards, but the Game & Watch series has helped introduce the world to concepts like the four-way directional pad controller, which is still included on gamepads. game to date. Game & Watch devices were among Nintendo’s first successful video game products, but due to their user-friendly design, presenting them to a group of potential sellers and interested retailers was a challenge, which led to the creation of this unusual table. machine.
The first Game & Watch units were manufactured by Mego in North America and included that company’s brand, not Nintendo’s. That includes this unusual machine, which was built for the New York Toy Fair to easily demonstrate the games and features of the small console in front of a large crowd. When the original Game Boy came out years later, Nintendo adopted a similar strategy with in-store demo stations that broadcast the gameplay to a larger TV screen, which was easier to watch for a large crowd.
The demonstration machine, which Heritage auctions dates back to 1979 or 1980, plays a classic Game & Watch title called Vermin where a character uses a hammer to crush moles that try to approach his garden. There are no bosses, no other levels, just an endless onslaught of moles and the challenge of beating the high score on the handheld.
Somewhere along the way, after the Game & Watch devices were replaced by the Game Boy and the demo station was no longer needed, it appears to have ended up in the hands of a kid who has decided he needed more adornment than just a faded game. & Look at the logo. The machine was decorated with a collection of equally vintage stickers from the ’80s, including the puffed up variety, which Heritage Auctions decided to keep intact instead of trying to restore the material to its original condition.
At the time of writing the highest bid for the demo machine was US $ 525 ($ 815), but with 16 more days until the auction ends, you can expect it to sell for a much higher price than that. It’s a rare piece that few consumers know about so far, and that’s what will be its biggest draw to collectors. Plus, those puffy stickers are still pretty rad!