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How these handheld games were made:

Every graphic in a game would be laid out in advance on a screen representing every possible movement or action a player can take.

None of the images are allowed to overlap each other so that when a player inputs their action into the game, the screen only shows the single image associated with that action.

 

The background is just a still image that doesn’t move.

 

When the machine gets input from the player, it lights up the corresponding image, and you have a game! See an example from the Nightmare Before Christmas game below. Pretty neat, huh?!

 

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG HANDHELD

1992

SIMON

1978

SPEAK & SPELL: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS

1979

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS HANDHELD GAME

1993

LONE STAR GAMING

Let your light shine!

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