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I recently had a dream that reminded me of a handheld video game I used to have when I was in my early teens (1995-2000, though it could be produced before). My scheme of it looks like this:

The upper arrow is where the cartridge was inserted, from behind of the device. The arrow on the left is where there was a bendable piece of some gum material - you could actually tilt the device by some degree, making it either straight or bent.

Here are the features of the console:

  • (IIRC) Monochromatic screen with one dial to regulate the contrast and IIRC the background color (like in the old monochromatic computer monitors, where you could change the font color, though not sure about this one)
  • battery powered, but one could also connect AC
  • had a connector for external gamepad
  • built-in speaker
  • diagonal keys, two general-purpose buttons and select/start (not 100% sure if it had both select and start though)
  • mini-jack headphones input? not sure about this one actually

I remember two games. It probably came with a scrolling platform game, all I remember is that it didn't scroll vertically and level 3 was pretty hard (never went pass through it). (and, kinda obvious, levels looked differently. I also think that each of them ended with a boss).

The second game wasn't bundled with the handheld and it was some horizontal-scrolling space shooter. All I remember is that there were many types of enemies, including a boss. Also, when you pressed the shooting key for a longer period, you accumulated a stronger bullet.

Do you have any ideas what handheld could it be?

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Monochromatic screen with color? Which is it? –  Nolonar Oct 1 '13 at 20:40
    
Clarified in the edit: gaming.stackexchange.com/posts/132888/revisions –  d33tah Oct 1 '13 at 20:43
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Gameboy Advance SP? –  Batophobia Oct 1 '13 at 20:46
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I don't think the drawing is blurry enough. –  DwarfSlice Oct 1 '13 at 21:33
    
It was drawn a bit in a hurry in gimp using the first tool that was already active. Sorry about that :p –  d33tah Oct 1 '13 at 21:37

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You are most likely talking about the QuickShot Supervision.

Image of Supervision

With its tiltable screen and 4 shades of grey, this handheld is the closest I could find to match your dream.

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I found this too, on Wikipedia by sifting through the Monochrome video game consoles category. –  SevenSidedDie Oct 1 '13 at 20:56
    
@SevenSidedDie Nice. I'm feeling quite nostalgic right now, even though I don't know most of them. –  Nolonar Oct 1 '13 at 20:58
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That's it! Thank you! –  d33tah Oct 1 '13 at 21:01
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@d33tah The arrow on the left is where there was a bendable piece of some gum material - you could actually tilt the device by some degree, making it either straight or bent. If it weren't for that piece of info, identifying this console would have been very difficult ;) –  Nolonar Oct 1 '13 at 21:05
    
Thanks a ton man, you made 2013 fun! :D –  d33tah Oct 1 '13 at 21:10

Given it was a dream, are you sure you aren't conflating two different game systems into one?

This has the look of a Gameboy Advance SP (with the flip top screen) with the monochromatic color schema of a Gameboy (color?). And, given the Gameboy Advance SP could play Gameboy (color) games, it's entirley possible you merged the two into a single game system in your dream.

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Game Boy Color was color, not monochromatic. That was the original Game Boy. –  Ullallulloo Oct 1 '13 at 20:50
    
Maybe I'm misremembering the Game boy Color, but wasn't the actual color pallet limited, and weren't a lot of games on it still fairly monochromatic? I still think you might have cconflagated an older system with a newer one in your dream. The idea of an old Gameboy with a flip-top like this is a pretty neat idea. And it REALLY looks like a Gameboy Advance SP. –  Zibbobz Oct 1 '13 at 20:52
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Actually, I wasn't. Nolonar found the Waltara from my dream :D –  d33tah Oct 1 '13 at 21:02

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