Thursday, October 1, 2009

Attack of the Clones v1: PSP Clone LCD Game System

We found this PSP Clone in Los Angeles Chinatown. For only $5 we got this nifty clone with 4 LCD games included. The games are basically removable LCD screens. What's interesting about this clone is that it actually says "PSP" on the faceplate. That's pretty bold. This particular clone is also very true to the design and appearance of the actual PSP. Although big corporations may hate them, and with good reason, clones prove the cultural impact a product has on society. They are a good way to measure the popularity, impact and social awareness of your product.

Stay with us for future episodes of ATTACK OF THE CLONES!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Happy Birthday Gunpei Yokoi!

Gunpei Yokoi (also spelled Gumpei Yokoi) was born on September 10th, 1941. He was the quiet genius behind several of Nintendo's most successful products and games. He started working with the company designing several popular toys. He is the father of the ground breaking Game & Watch series, a true high water mark for the portable gaming genre. His interest in portable gaming would eventually lead to the creation of the legendary Gameboy franchise, and the rest as they say, is history... Happy Birthday to the Dream Architect.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Portable of the Month: Game & Watch

Game & Watch
(ゲーム&ウオッチ Gēmu ando Uotchi?, or G&W) is a line of handheld electronic games produced by Nintendo from 1980 to 1991. Created by game designer Gunpei Yokoi, each Game & Watch features a single game to be played on an LCD screen in addition to a clock and an alarm (thus, 'Game & Watch').

Origin and Design:

Gunpei Yokoi, traveling on a bullet train, saw a bored businessman playing with an LCD calculator by pressing the buttons. Yokoi then thought of an idea for a watch that doubled as a miniature game machine for killing time.[1]

The units use LR4x/SR4x "button-cell" batteries, the same type used in most laser pointers or handheld calculators. Different models were manufactured, with some having two screens and a clam-shell design (the Multi Screen Series). The Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance SP later reused this design.

Titles available in Game & Watch form vary from Mickey Mouse to Balloon Fight, including Nintendo staples such as Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, and Mario Bros.. For a more complete list, see List of Game & Watch games.


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Portable of the Month: Game Boy

The Game Boy (ゲームボーイ Gēmu Bōi?) is an 8-bit handheld video game device developed and manufactured by Nintendo. It was released in Japan on April 21, 1989 (1989-04-21), in North America on July 31, 1989 (1989-07-31), and in Europe on September 28, 1990 (1990-09-28). In Southern Asia, it is known as the "Tata Game Boy"[2][vague][3] It is the first handheld console in the Game Boy line, and was created by Gunpei Yokoi and Nintendo's Research and Development 1—the same staff who had designed the Game & Watch series as well as several popular games for the Nintendo Entertainment System.[4]

The Game Boy is Nintendo's second handheld system following the Game & Watch series introduced in 1980, and it combined features from both the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game & Watch.[4] It was originally bundled with the puzzle game Tetris.

Despite many other, technologically superior handheld consoles introduced during its lifetime,[citation needed] the Game Boy was a tremendous success. The Game Boy and Game Boy Color combined have sold 118.69 million units worldwide. Upon its release in the United States, it sold its entire shipment of one million units within weeks.[5]