Oldschool Handheld Video Games Now Playable Online

People who spend a lot of time on the Internet should be familiar with the Internet Archive. After all, it is the nonprofit behind a number of useful services, with an excellent example being the Wayback Machine, which lets interested individuals see previous versions of a particular page. With that said, most people aren’t familiar with the sheer range of services offered by the Internet Archive, which is why they might not know that it offers interested individuals a book collection, an audio collection, an image collection, and so much more. For proof, look no further than the fact that the Internet Archive has just added new games to its game archive, which are fully playable for those who are curious in seeing the predecessors to modern offerings.

What Has the Internet Archive Added to Its Archives?

In further detail, the Internet Archive has just added 75 handheld games to its collection. This doesn’t mean games on a handheld platform such as the GameBoy, but rather standalone handheld games that were a hit in the 1980s. After all, while they can seem rather primitive in the present, standalone handheld games were a huge step-up in their time that offered interested individuals the chance to play without having to have a TV set.

Regardless, some of the games that have been added by the Internet Archive are well-known names such as Frogger and Pac-Man. In contrast, others are much more obscure, which can provide a point of additional interest for those who never had the chance to play them in the past. Of course, interested individuals should know that while a fair number of the 75 games are much beloved classics, others have more than earned their obscurity. Still, since the games are available to all of those who are interested in them free of charge, interested individuals don’t stand to lose anything besides their valuable time.

With that said, it is interesting to note that there is a curious omission in the form of the Game & Watch series, which might be recognizable to the fans of the Super Smash Bros. franchise. Like its name suggests, the Game & Watch series combined a game with a digital clock, which is a great reminder of how far technology has come since those times. Nothing has been said about why the Game & Watch series failed to make it into the archive, but it seems probable that it had something to do with a potential issue over the rights, which are held by Nintendo. After all, the Internet Archive has run into problems in the past because of rights issues. In fact, it has actually had something of a conflict with Nintendo in the not so distant past of 2016 when the Internet Archive archived issues of Nintendo Power without seeking Nintendo’s permission, which resulted in Nintendo having them removed because they amounted to unapproved use.

Further Considerations

Those who are interested in seeing games from older times shouldn’t hesitate to check out what can be found in the Internet Archive’s collection. Overall, the Internet Archive has been known to make mistakes from time to time, but on the whole, it can’t be denied that it performs a useful, laudable service for a lot of people out there.


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