Have you ever thought, "Man, I wish I could play '80s-style, 8-bit games, but with my feet"? If so, I have the ideal rainy day activity for you.
The Retro Gaming Mat (opens in new tab) is a fun little gaming system that plugs directly into your TV via attached RCA cables. It comes pre-loaded with 140 '80s-style games common to retro plug-and-play consoles, like Curly Monkey, Thunder Man, and Vanguard. As its name suggests, the controller is, in fact, a mat, meaning that you can either play it with your feet like you would with DDR or you can pop it on a coffee table and slap the buttons with your hands. Basically, it allows both kids and kids at heart to burn off some extra physical energy and enjoy delightful side-scrolling beat-em-ups simultaneously.
If you're looking for a way to keep your kiddos occupied during the upcoming April showers (or if you just want a super weird activity to whip out at your next drunken gathering), you can grab the mat for a reduced $32.66 on Amazon (opens in new tab) right now while supplies last.
On a scale of 1-10, exactly how good do you think you'd be at controlling literally any of these games with the Retro Gaming Mat as opposed to a controller? Speculate wildly in the comments.
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Tory Foulk is a writer at Mobile Nations. She lives at the intersection of technology and sorcery and enjoys radio, bees, and houses in small towns. When she isn't working on articles, you'll likely find her listening to her favorite podcasts in a carefully curated blanket nest. You can follow her on Twitter at @tsfoulk.
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