'Guitar Hero' gets a baby brother

Miniature game is self-contained.

Chip Chick

The fact that someone labored to create a Guitar Hero-DS Lite mashup tells us that guitar mania is definitely ready to go mobile. But alas, the aforementioned combo was but a conceptual dream.

Still, there may be something to appease the ever-expanding legions of heroes for the time being in the form of a miniature version created by Basic Fun, apparently with Activision's blessing. The "Guitar Hero Carabiner," which is to make its debut next week at the International Toy Fair in New York, measures a petite 7.75 long and 3 inches wide, though the neck can fold down to cut its length in half. And if your pockets are already full with your DS Lite and PSP, the carabiner can dangle from your bag or backpack, as Chip Chick notes--though you may want to keep an eye out for moochers trying to sneak a game while you're looking the other way on the bus or subway.

The little guy has its own small LCD so it needs no console or computer to work. And even though it may look like something for Playskool toddlers , it's still far less humilating than yet another rendition of "Smoke on the Water" via air guitar .

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