The evolution of video game media

From jumper cards to hard disks, these are the cards, cartridges, and drives that have shaped the world of gaming.

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Mobile Cartridges

Miniature consoles need miniature cartridges. However, the first handheld video game system, the Milton-Bradley Microvision, used jumbo cartridges (1) that included not only built-in screen and controller overlays, but a game ROM and the CPU used to process the data as well.

Key: [1] Milton-Bradley Microvision (1979), [2] Nintendo Game Boy (1989), [3] SNK Neo Geo Pocket (1998), [4] Bandai WonderSwan (1999), [5] Atari Lynx (1990), [6] Nintendo Game Boy Color (1998), [7] Nintendo Game Boy Advance (2001), [8] Sega Game Gear (1990), [9] Tiger (1997), [10] Nintendo DS (2004), [11] Nintendo Virtual Boy (1995)

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