The world of gaming has evolved over the decades. Nowadays you can download most titles onto your smartphone, laptop, or Nintendo. However, back in the day gamers had to go out and buy a portable game. There was the GameBoy and Sega Game Gear, but these came at a price. This is where Tiger Electronics came into play. The company created specialized handheld LCD products that were affordable, and very popular during the 90s. Each unit contains a fixed image printed onto the handheld that can be seen through the screen. Static images then light up individually in front of the background that represent characters and objects, similar to numbers on a digital clock. In addition to putting out some of its own games, Tiger was able to secure licenses from many of the day’s top selling companies to sell their own versions of games. The main reason for their success is generally attributed to their price. The other main reason for their success was the fact that Tiger was the master of utilizing franchises. Most major movie franchise and quite a few TV shows had their own LCD game. Tiger even got the handheld licenses to many video game brands like Castlevania, Double Dragon, Duke Nukem, Ninja Gaiden, Sonic, Street Fighter, and Virtua Fighter. It’s too bad Tiger didn’t put more work into actually making good games to go with all of the franchises they were able to license. None the less, the legendary Tiger LCD handhelds are something every 80s and 90s kid will remember.

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