The excellent retro-site Plaid Stallions recently featured a post on the 1978 Mattel Electronics catalog. Mattel’s hand-held games; Football, Basketball, Auto Race and Space Alert are shown.
I had each and every one of these Mattel hand-held games and enjoyed them immensely. Football, however, was my absolute favorite.
The “players” were tiny red LED dashes but it didn’t matter. I played that thing to death, making lists of teams and playing them against one another.
I learned how to “game” the system and consistently score a touchdown. By pressing the down arrow, drawing all the defenders low, and then shooting up to the top tier and rushing forward to score. Bleeeep! I can still hear that glorious sound effect ringing out.
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