Before kids started crushing candy and hurling birds at pigs, there was a time when we strung along a black and white pixelated Mario to save his princess. Before that came the Nintendo Family Computer, better known in Hong Kong as the “Red and White Machine.” It was released in 1986, making it the city’s first games console. The age of handhelds didn’t come until the early 90s and the first handheld digital “pet,” the Tamagotchi, was released in 1996.
These wildly popular devices would have to be “fed” and looked after, and they could even be “married” to other pets. Sounds like a lot of effort, doesn’t it?