By Andrew Liszewski
Before the Nintendo DS, the PSP, the GBA, the Sega Game Gear, the Atari Lynx, the Turbo Express, the GameBoy and even the hundreds of Tiger handhelds there was the Nintendo Game & Watch. These existed back in the day when having a digital clock on your device was something worth noting in the actual name of the product.
Because they were so simple a lot of these games have been lovingly recreated in either Flash or Java and can be played right in your browser. Handheld Remakes: The Archive has collected a good number of these games including Mario Brothers, various Donkey Kong iterations and many others into a single page providing yet another convenient way to waste away the hours on a boring Thursday afternoon.
And if you’re in a busy work environment I particularly recommend the Speak & Spell. While it doesn’t appear to be a complete reproduction of the original toy it’s still plenty of fun and the awesome synthesized voice is sure to annoy those around you. And really, at the end of the day that’s all that’s important.