Merlin: Mr. Game & Watch's Dad and Game Boy's Grampa

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Screens are for suckers. Released in 1978, Parker Brothers' Merlin had six "out of this world" games like Tic Tac Toe and Blackjack 13, and its Music Machine game let you use it as an elecronic synthesizer.


Even after Nintendo's Game & Watch arrived in 1980, it continued to sell, eventually topping 5 million units. I bet you could make a sweet plastic log cabin out of them. [Handheld Museum, Wikipedia, Image via Geek Joan]

Gizmodo '79 is a week-long celebration of gadgets and geekdom 30 years ago, as the analog age gave way to the digital, and most of our favorite toys were just being born.



Thanks for posting about this. Before my wife and I got together, we were friends, and we kept on finding ridiculous things we had in common. We read a lot of the same books, and loved a lot of the same movies. We both used to play Land of the Lost — not a board game, just running around being sleestaks and dinosaurs. One of the kickers was that we both had Merlins and loved them. That thing was crazily addictive.