The success of Nintendo's Gameboy in the early 90's inspired a flood of 'me too' handheld gaming devices, most of which fell by the wayside pretty swiftly. The hilariously titled 'Gamate' was one such console, and it was distributed in the UK by joystick maker Cheetah.
Now it's easy to judge the machine with the benefit of hindsight, but at the time I really, really wanted a Gamate. It wasn't the most attractive of machines - in fact it was butt ugly - but there was just something about it that made me want one. The system used the same kind of cards that NEC's PC Engine did, which was at least one good idea. If anyone wants to donate one of these machines to the Mean Machines Archive (and in doing so fulfill a childhood dream of mine) then please get in touch!