Picture Essay: Early '80s Handheld Consoles

By Attila Nagy on at

Handheld electronic games were the huge hit at the beginning of the 1980s, when every kid wanted a small portable plastic device for playing video games wherever and whenever he or she wanted.

Hundreds of games, created by dozens of manufacturers, swarmed the toy stores, showcasing unique colours, shapes, artworks, displays and designs. And all are the subjects of collectors’ dreams nowadays.

I spotted the beauties featured below  (except the last two, which are from my own collection) at the PixelCon 2 retro gaming event, held in the Hungarian capital of Budapest last Saturday, organised by Insert Coin. Here are 13 handheld electronic game portraits isolated on black background for your viewing pleasure.

Do you own any classic handheld game from the Eighties? Show us in the comments! Have fond memories of playing one of these? Tell us about it!

Invader (Gakken, Taiwan, 1983)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits


UFO Master-Blaster Station (Bambino, Japan, 1979)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits


PacMan 2. (Entex Electronics, Taiwan, 1980)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits


Rocket Pinball (Tiger Electronic Toys, Taiwan, 1979)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits


Pack’n Maze (Hanzawa, Taiwan, 1982)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits


Hungry Pac II (Actronics/Hanzawa, Taiwan, 1981)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits


Puck Man (Tomy LSI, Japan, 1982)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits


Terra-Hit (Tomy, Japan, 1979)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits


Space Invader (Entex, Taiwan, 1981)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits


Blastergame (Shinsei, Japan, c1980)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits


Midway Ms. Pac-Man (Coleco, USA, 1983)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits


Weltraumspiel (Bandai, Japan, 1980)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits


UFO Space Chaser (Toybox, Japan, 1979)

Photo Essay: 13 Classic Handheld Game Portraits


Photos, top GIF: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo. Many thanks to Kóceráj Poharazó.


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