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Ok, so this would have been the late-90s, maybe 2000. (I know this because I was out of college for a few years and heading towards divorce at the time, heh.) This handheld was advertised on TV - even had the corny little 'TV!' sticker on the box - and looked sort of like a white/gray Genesis controller with a little flip-up screen. It was very Tiger-like, only much better and actually playable, and had a variety of rudimentary games like Tetris, Breakout, Pong, Indy 500, etc. Even in the era of SNES, Playstation, N64, etc. I still found myself having fun with this little bastard! It even played various public domain jingles at certain times!

It also had a calculator, lol.

 

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I don't remember the name (it was something 2000 I think) but I do remember the INFURIATING commercial on television with the voice over shouting "never buy those expensive game cartridges again!," complete with a clip of a housewife throwing Street Fighter II in the garbage. How DARE you disrespect the classics that way!

 

Edit: Probably something like this. http://thumbs4.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mVzC9u6877PHGnEUgfTXE-A.jpg

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I've got a variant of that. Mines translucent blue and the screen is actually on the bottom calf, the flip up bit is just a screen protector. Its as near as I can tell functionally the exact same console. Like breakout and the racers, but otherwise its just a 'meh' device. Despite having the exact screen as the dedicated tetris handheld, iirc it doesn't actually have Tetris on it.

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Yessss, that's it! lol Thank you!

 

 

 

Here's the ad! Scream in agony as the hand throws away a perfectly good Super NES cartridge, only to replace it with this LCD disaster!

 

 

 

Now I've GOT to get one in it's original packaging so I can FINALLY toss away all of these tedious and boring NES/SNES carts! Super Metroid, Tyson's, and Castlevania 3? You are the FIRST to go now that I'll be once again own the mighty 'Pro 2000'! :lol:

(Why did I think that the name began with an 'ex', as in Excelsior, Executive, etc. ? Weird.)

 

Call NOW!

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Damn, I had something exactly like this. The form factor was a little different, and it didn't have the keyboard. But other than that, very similar to that "Pro 200". Plus, it had a backlight (oooooh). I actually ended up playing it a lot, but that was before I got into handheld gaming with a GBA SP in the early 2000's.

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Lines have to be drawn in the sand somewhere, this is definitely would be a contender. I've played quite a few one to two style handheld LCD games over the decades, but nothing looks from what I've experienced to be as rotten as that. I remember that TV spot well and thought it was a disgusting joke even by that era. I mean in 90s you had the Gameboy which destroyed it, and even ignoring that, any common Nintendo, Tiger, Radio Shack, etc LCD game&watch or wrist watch style game had far more personality than this turd. If it didn't say it was a game on the front at least you could try and pass it as a calculator in class to goof off, but even fails at trying to pass for that.

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I had to make numerous long, cross-country plane trips between 1990 and 2000, and I remember that my Mother bought me one of those to use on the plane. :) She meant well, of course, but I think I only played it for a few hours, at best. I still have it in a box somewhere. These were all over the thrift shops a few years later.

 

There was a crude, Galaxian-like game that was actually fun, but the rest of the variations were nothing special.

 

For the best of both worlds, there is the Power Player Famiclone:

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Who could forget this thing? Actually, we all should.

 

I remember talking about this on a forum online at that time. Someone said something like, "That's a great idea. And why don'we all go live in dumbass land where people play nothing but bullshit?" and it went on like that.

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