Friday, July 4, 2008

Nintendo Popeye Tabletop Game & Watch

Nintendo PopeyeNintendo Popeye Tabletop Game & WatchPopeye mini arcadeThis fantastic 1983 mini-arcade offering was the first video game related thing I ever owned; before even going to school, mind you. I love it, can't recommend it warmly enough and can't help but point you to this boxed Popeye Game & Watch eBay auction. Seller ships to United States, Europe, Asia, Canada, Australia and Mexico, and seems to be asking a very reasonable price for an apparently mint condition console.

As for the game itself, well, Nintendo's Popeye is essentially a simple yet incredibly addictive fighting game, in which the player assumes the role of the titular sailor trying to beat Brutus into the ocean and save Olive. Impressively this is a full-colour game that utilizes a combination of an LCD screen and a mirror to provide gamers with visuals that were nothing short of cutting edge. Oh, and as you should have noticed Popeye comes in the form of a miniaturized arcade cabinet complete with mini joystick and fire button. It runs on two C batteries.

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