A Handheld History (Hardback)
  • A Handheld History (Hardback)
  • A Handheld History (Hardback)
  • A Handheld History (Hardback)
  • A Handheld History (Hardback)
  • A Handheld History (Hardback)
  • A Handheld History (Hardback)
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A Handheld History (Hardback)

Hardback 272 Pages
Published: 12/10/2023
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A Handheld History is a unique celebration of portable platforms and their iconic games.

Forty years ago, businessmen fiddling with calculators inspired Gunpei Yokoi to create the Game & Watch. Ever since then, handheld gaming has been hugely influential, spawning communities who trade Pokémon in the playground and share Miis on the subway. This introspective adventure will delve into decades of gaming memories and reconnect you to that long car journey full of discarded AA batteries before speeding ahead to the contemporary days of blockbusters in your backpack.

Handheld gaming is celebrated loudly, proudly, and across hundreds of beautifully assembled pages of art and essays. Featuring words from many incredible voices, this is an unmissable ode to the gaming device that you keep close to your heart – right in your jacket pocket.

Words and art by:
Alex Olney
Bob Wulff
Brandon Saltalamacchia
Brian Crecente
Hannah Kwan Cosselmon
Janet Garcia
Jason Bradbury
Jeff Grubb
Jonathan Traynor
Kevin Kenson
Larry Bundy Jr.
Mike Diver
Raul Higuera
Stephen Maurice Graham
Plus many more!

Made in collaboration with Retro Dodo. This edition published in partnership with Expanse, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008598174
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 1120 g
Dimensions: 252 x 195 x 33 mm


“It would make a welcome addition to any old-school handheld fan's bookshelf or coffee table.” – Gamespot “The book offers plenty of visual stimuli. From vintage poster design and retro illustrations to satisfying breakdowns of console hardware, there is something inspiring for everyone.” – Creative Review

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