Buying Tiger Handheld LCD Games in The 90s – We Were Duped ! | Retro Mysteries

Buying Tiger Handheld LCD Games In The 90s – We Were Duped ! | Retro Mysteries

Remember those handheld LCD games that were everywhere in the 80s and 90s? The ones with those tinny sound effects that were packaged in thick plastic that was sharper than any razor blade. Now while many popular companies found success in this genre, it was Tiger Electronics who clearly stood at the top of the LCD food chain in the 90s. Tiger sold more than 25 million handheld games during this era. But how did Tiger move that many units despite fierce portable competition like Sega’s Game Gear and even the original Nintendo Game Boy? Well it definitely wasn’t the quality of the games. It was actually well calculated and borderline sleazy marketing tactics that got the job done. And I’m gonna share the specific strategies they used to dupe all of us into buying these glorified calclulators when we were kids. #TigerHandheldGames #TigerElectronics #LCDGames #90s

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50 Comments

  1. Bongo Fury on December 2, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Bo knows…

  2. Andrew MSheppard on December 2, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    I dont remember if it was tiger but anyone have that baseball game that was in the shape of a baseball fieild?

  3. Jon MacDonald on December 2, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    My Jurassic park one kicked ass💪

  4. kaluahmon on December 2, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    My parents didn’t have enough money for a gameboy so I loved and treasured these things as a kid. I wasn’t duped; I discovered them at a friend’s house.

  5. John Lopez on December 2, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    U should review the my arcade portable game systems

  6. MrRampro on December 2, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Wow good memories. Ninja Gaiden was a gem!!

  7. terrence mcadams on December 2, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Had several of the game watch games

  8. Darius Greysun on December 2, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Oh ffs enough with the we were victims shit. If you had fun then you weren’t victimized. Shake those snowflake thoughts from your head.

  9. dbj77 on December 2, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    The Shinobi and Double Dragon games were actually pretty good and I remember replaying those 2 games many times.

  10. ChristiRich on December 2, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    I played Shark Island, by Tandy, until it stopped working.

  11. Gambit2483 on December 2, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    It was all about that artwork

  12. soulhunter59 on December 2, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    It was better to have one of these stolen from you as a kid rather than losing your game boy. I knew a kid who brought his game gear to daycare every day when I was about five years old. Then one day he didn’t have it anymore.

  13. Evil Bucket on December 2, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    I never liked these. I had friends try to explain how they were better than a Gameboy. I never owned a tiger handheld. I never understood how anyone could stand them. I am obviously one of the few that hated these. Most everyone I knew had at least 2 or 3.

  14. Rob charters on December 2, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Collectors deserve to be scammed ,they aren’t gamers,they are assholes with money and just horrd things other people like for profit

  15. Matthew White on December 2, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    I wish I still had the game to show off, but one of the besy LCD games I played was a tie in to the movie "Congo". It was different than most LCD games of the time. It had a "3D" background and a light that lit the screen to give it a more dynamic look. Plus the levels were different as far as what you had to do (rafting down a river vs running/shooting) Still not a great game, it was just cooler than most I guess.

  16. Trevor Campbell on December 2, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    i was born in 85 in the southeast and i got nintendo game and watches from roses

  17. NerdWave85 on December 2, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    I had one or two of these as a kid. They were ok to play for about 20 -30 minutes but I’d lose interest afterward. They did make a great last minute birthday gift option.

  18. fmartinez760 on December 2, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Street fighter was the shit.

  19. Evil Bucket on December 2, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    I had more enjoyment from playing The Waterful Ring-Toss by TOMY and other water filled handheld games. Lol. Theses were way better than a tiger handheld. Cheaper and did not need batteries but they sometimes leaked water. If you don’t know what it is just Google the name Waterful Ring-Toss by TOMY. It looks like they still make some of them too. Lol

  20. dongyongkim on December 2, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    I remember I was obsessed with star wars and I had a millennium falcon lcd game that was shaped like a millennium falcon

  21. Michael reese on December 2, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    The bowling game was sweet!

  22. DHM Network on December 2, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    7:25 I use to play bass fishing as a kid. Now I play ass fishing as an adult. Everything comes back to a full circle. Life is a trip, lol.

  23. thewewguy8t88 on December 2, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    To be fair 30 years from now people may look back and feel like we got taken advantage off by certain games. Heck today people are calling free to play games scams lol

  24. Shishizurui on December 2, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    you know i had Virtual fighter, and it wasn’t bad – except you could do this flying roundhouse that the game really didn’t know how to counter and cheese it.
    but you could choose your fighter and go through the game like virtual fighter you needed imagination to play it above all.

  25. clockwerk35 on December 2, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    I remember playing a lot of LCD Handhelds (not sure if they were Tiger) that was about snake and tetris the most, but I also had the Full House one with Batman one and one other I don’t remember so well. They were entertaining but I quickly got bored of them. I am glad when I got my very own game boy color console that I never looked back. It might be a fever dream but I sometimes feel I spotted a tiger game at my local discount store

  26. d newkirt on December 2, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    They lied ..them games were nothing like they advertised..had I not stole mine ..I would have returned the shit

  27. Greeneville Freestyle Footbag on December 2, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    I have the Batman LCD and still unable to beat it. I also got my parents buy me a talkboy. Totally forgot about it til now.

  28. Mehmet Veli on December 2, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Me and my brother had the Nintendo watch games. Super Mario and Donkey Kong. Remember how simple they were, but so difficult to complete.

  29. zach whitehorn on December 2, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    i had the wolverine tiger hand held and eventually the r-zone. I still didn’t learn my lesson and bought the virtual boy with my own money… what a dumb dumb

  30. ncavis on December 2, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    I loved the tiger double dragon!

  31. Honest Fred on December 2, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    The Batman one was super frustrating man.

  32. Zach McDowell on December 2, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    Even Bo knows these things sucked, yet being born in the ’80s I somehow got drawn into this garbage as well.

  33. CrashSpyroMarioSonicfan on December 2, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    I had a sonic 3 one and it kept on doing its own thing it was a piece of garbage!

  34. Fancypants15 on December 2, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Yes that bass fishing game is something i played all the time. Gotta get that lunker.

  35. Ranma Saotome on December 2, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    I still have the games

  36. Ruxblaine Medusa on December 2, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Born in ’93 we had psx, n64, gbc, dreamcast, genesis2, snes, then mcdonalds was putting these in for sonic the hedgehog and other crappy little toy games i had for a long time. I didnt get to experience anything like this til 2000-2002

  37. Tracer2376 on December 2, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    I had and still have the Mettel football handheld game from the late 70s. As for the Nintendo ones I had a few in the 80s. They were great for back in the day and for that price point it still beat the shit out of SEGA and Nintendo. Has some Tiger ones as well like DD, Aladin, and a few others.

  38. mrmacross on December 2, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    We were kids. Those games were terrible, but we kids just didn’t care, it was a game to play. Maybe as (presumably) more sophisticated adults, these games are total garbage, but that’s not how we saw them as kids.

  39. Brando Shaw on December 2, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    My brother had Double Dragon, and I had Karnov. Karnov was unbeatable.

  40. Beez kneez on December 2, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    The nostalgia is killing me

  41. MLG Joe on December 2, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    But it is nice nonetheless

  42. tommy gun on December 2, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    Mountaineers!!! Represent!

  43. iraplikeyoubreathe on December 2, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    Born in 1985 and i never saw game and watch ever in a store in florida where i was.

  44. Donnie : eimaXe on December 2, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    … … … *I hacked my calculator to give me all the answers to my test.*

  45. Jack Dawson on December 2, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Good times

  46. Josh Arthington on December 2, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    I had Nintendo game and watch in 80s but it was a watch and I only remember Zelda, Mario and donkey Kong.

  47. Andrew Thielmann on December 2, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    I played the shit out of Batman and Konomi’s TMNT

  48. c0mmenter 1 on December 2, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    The LCD pinball game was actually pretty good for its time and it also doubled as a alarm clock I’m sure the beeps and boops were annoying to people within earshot but as a kid it was great. I figure I went through about 3 of those. Honorable mention to my Space Invader watch.

  49. Ray Ray on December 2, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    1. They were affordable
    2. The art with your favorite characters/game was an easy sell.
    3. The marketing was almost as good as a Nintendo ad.

    These things ruled us as kids, even the lame watch versions had their spot light for a moment.

  50. Jennifer Aguirre on December 2, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    I loved these lol . Just found one at the thrift store a few weeks ago for a dollar I wasn’t going to say no 😂😂

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