Evaluation: Playdate earns its $179 price ticket with cute design, memorable video games

The lovable, moveable, and banana yellow $179 Playdate console is now delivery to its first batch of preorder clients, so we’re now free to evaluate the quirkiest gaming system in years.

Because of chip shortages and common manufacturing chaos, shopping for Playdate is way much less enjoyable than utilizing it. If you happen to preordered the system in July 2021 after studying my hands-on preview, nice. If you happen to waited for a correct evaluate like this one, nevertheless, anticipate a backorder queue of no fewer than eight months. (No less than Panic say it should make as many Playdates as individuals need to purchase, as a substitute of pulling an NES Traditional and limiting manufacturing.)

To those that ran with my earlier optimism about Playdate’s squat type issue, quirky video games, and distinctive crank management system, I’m blissful to report that I did not lead you astray—as long as you heeded my particular bias. As I wrote in July:

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