This Gigantic Version of Nintendo's Original Handheld Games Needs Two People to Play It

Before the Switch, before the 3DS, and even before the Game Boy, Nintendo had the Game & Watch: a series of handheld video games that were primitive by today’s standards, but mind-blowing to ‘80s kids. And they made such an impression on computer scientist Thomas Tilley that he recently created a gigantic version of the toy built around a 46-inch LCD display.


Aside from the flatscreen and a hidden laptop running a Flash-based recreation of the simple Octopus game, everything else in this over-sized Game & Watch—17 times larger than the original—was part of a custom build that took about six months to fabricate. Sure, its size might negate the best part of the original Game & Watch devices, but I’d rather have this hanging on my wall than a questionable da Vinci.

[YouTube via Hackaday]


Had this one when I was a kid.

I get the feeling that I handed this to my tweens, they would laugh uncontrollably at how ancient my childhood was for a few minutes, and then play the game for a few hours non-stop like I did.