I’ve been waiting for this for a long, long time. Ever since a friend introduced me to Emulators when I was in middle school, I dreamt of the day when someone would emulate all of the old LCD games and Nintendo Game & Watches that I used to love.
I didn’t exactly understand then that “Emulator” wasn’t the correct term for this, an emulator basically mimics the behavior of a single piece of hardware and uses it to play the software files it employed, i.e. game cartridges (or ROMs.)
Being that pretty much every single LCD game was written differently, and each one’s screen was literally a physically unique piece of hardware, the only way to reproduce them would be a from-scratch simulator…for every single one.
And holy hell, someone’s been doing it for who knows how long and seems to have faithfully reproduced 22 LCD handheld games so far, including the incredibly rare and elusive Zelda Game & Watch.
Pica Pic, by Hipopotam, is where they can be found, and hopefully he (or she) plans to create more of them; there are some wonderful oddities here (Bartman??) but we seem to be missing the holy grail– Super Mario Bros. Game & Watch.
Doesn’t matter though, these are gorgeous and let thousands play relics of the past which were otherwise lost. I strongly urge you to check these out, especially if you have kids…
“Did you have Nintendo DS when you were a kid?”
“…Something like that.”
Check it out here and enjoy watching your productivity vanish.
Have a great week!