The toys McDonald’s serves with its Happy Meals are often the best reason to visit the fast food joint, but instead of targeting children, McDonald’s in China chasing nuggs fans with a passion for retro gaming. On sale now at locations across the country are super-sized, Play Tetris Chicken McNuggets that you want to stay away from dipping sauces.
The Chicken McNugget has become such an iconic part of the McDonald’s menu that you’d think it was a debut item alongside its fries and hamburgers when the chain’s first franchise location opened in 1955. But nuggs never caught on worldwide. until 1983, making this year their 40th anniversary of becoming the second best thing to dunk on the McDonald’s menu. And that, more or less, is what inspired McDonald’s in China to set up Tetris in a giant plastic nugget.
According to retro gaming site RetroDoDoand some early unboxing videos found onlinethis handheld is a fully licensed device developed through a partnership between McDonald’s, The Tetris Company, and Tetris Holding LLC, which owns the worldwide rights to the popular puzzle game. It’s not a clone or a cheap knock-off thrown from off-the-shelf parts, because the custom LCD display actually shows the McDonald’s arches logo.
The handhelds COMING in the same package that the real Chicken McNuggets are sold (at least in China) and co a cloth carrying case. They went on sale yesterday for 30 Chinese Yuan, which is about $4.25 in US dollars, and as you can imagine, sold out quickly across the country. So if you want one to add to your collection, booking a flight to China might not be a good idea. Your best bet is to keep an eye on eBay, and budget accordingly.