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This teeny portable arcade on Amazon is peak nostalgia

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The world sucks, so let’s talk about something pure: The feeling when you take that first bite of subpar pizza after finally topping the leaderboard of your favorite arcade game at Chuck E. Cheese. Ah, so young, so innocent and so proud of the dirty initials you put next to your high score.

Unfortunately, the world really does suck right now. Sorry, besties — but maybe this nostalgic TikTok find will make it better. I mean, what else is TikTok good for than discovering hidden childhood gems that are basically shots of serotonin? (We love TikTok.)

To that end: A teeny tiny portable Atari arcade exists on Amazon for less than $50. And before you ask, yes it absolutely comes with Pac-Man and Asteroids. And it’s just as cute and retro-looking as you imagined.

The best part? According to its Amazon reviews, this little guy isn’t a scam and actually works.

Tiny Arcade Atari 2600, $48.99

$48.99 at Amazon

On top of Pac-Man and Asteroids, the portable Artari arcade includes the iconic arcade games Breakout, Tempest, Centipede, Combat, Pong, Warlords, Missile Command and Millipede. So basically, all of the games you put an ungodly amount of time and energy into beating even if your success rate was trash.

Ugh, how cute is it in action?

If you’re not totally convinced that you need this mini Atari arcade in your life, here are eight scientifically backed reasons why you should spend $48.99 on this tiny box of joy:

  1. Bring it into the bathroom with you when your phone’s dead. (IYKYK)

  2. Fulfill your childhood dreams of owning your own arcade machine.

  3. Use it to help you go viral on TikTok because everyone salivates over the nostalgic aesthetic.

  4. Leave it in the background of Zoom meetings as a derailment tactic.

  5. Whip it out on a flight because there’s no way you’re paying $14.99 for Wi-Fi.

  6. Keep yourself entertained during the zombie apocalypse.

  7. Gawk at how cute and tiny it is.

  8. I don’t know, just have a fun time? It’s a mini Atari.

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