Smallball! Handheld Sports Games of the 1970s and 1980s

They were incredibly rudimentary...and eternally lovable. Herewith, a tribute.

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Coleco Football Game

Electronic Sports-Action Game With With Improved Game-Object Action

Coleco, patent filed February 17th, 1981

It’s not obvious from the drawing, but this patent was for a console with rudimentary cartridges for different games.¬† Coleco’s Total Control 4 came with football, but basketball, hockey, and soccer were sold in a separate package. The cartridges were screen overlays more than anything else; only when Nintendo’s Game Boy appeared eight years later would the world get a true pocket-sized game console.

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