Gaming enthusiasts probably already know that the SEGA Genesis / Mega Drive is a 16-bit home video game console first released during 1988 in Japan, followed by North America in 1989. However, did you know that it boasted several add-ons, including a Power Base Converter to play Master System games? That’s right, while it may not have any exterior Master System components, the Power Base Converter acted as a pass-through port, complete with two slots; a top slot for cartridge-based titles and a front slot for card-based games and accessories. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
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Musician Rob Scallon wanted to make a video that appealed to both guitar and video game fans. So, he asked Reverb, an online marketplace for musicians, to ship the craziest instrument they could find, and the “Guitendo” happened to be it. It’s made from an original Nintendo Entertainment System that was converted into a guitar and then made into a functional console of sorts capable of playing emulated games by Echo Canyon Guitar Co. Read more for another video about the guitar and additional information.
Portable retro gaming consoles are nothing new, but RetroStone boasts a Game Boy-inspired design and has features not found in its competitors. The device is powered by a RetroStone Pi SBC (single board computer) running an H3 processor (4-cores @ 1.2GHz), and features a 3.5″ display, up to 16GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, four USB ports, HDMI out, as well as an Ethernet port. You can also turn it into a computer by simply connecting a display, keyboard and mouse. Whether it be word processing, browsing YouTube or watching movies on a big screen, this compact device does it all. Read more for another hands-on video, additional images and information.
Before the Super NES, there was the Famicom Disk System, which was only released in Japan on February 21, 1986. It uses proprietary floppy disks called “Disk Cards” for data storage, and during its entire production span (1986–2003), a total of 4.44 million units were sold. It’s connected to the Famicom deck by plugging a special cartridge, called the RAM Adapter, into the system’s cartridge port, and attaching the cable to the disk drive. The RAM adapter contains 32 KB of RAM for temporary program storage, 8 KB of RAM for tile / sprite data storage, and an ASIC, known as the 2C33, that acts as a disk controller for the floppy drive. Many games used both sides of a disk, requiring the user to switch sides at some point during gameplay, with a few titles using two full disks, totaling four sides. Read more for another in-depth overview, a commercial, and additional information.
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SEGA is best known for their Master System and Genesis consoles, but did you know they also released a motion-sensing electronic game back in 1994? That’s right, it’s called “SEGA Pods“, and consists of three sensor-equipped “pods” that the player must hold their hand over in order to play its seven built-in games. The special sensor was able to detect the height of the player’s hand, as long as it’s held 12-inches or below. You can actually get a used version here. Read more to view an original TV commercial for SEGA Pods and another in-depth overview.
Did you know that Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels was actually first released in Japan for the Famicom Disk System as Super Mario Bros. 2 on June 3, 1986? This game was developed by Nintendo R&D4, the team led by Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, and designed for players who wanted something more challenging than the original. Unfortunately, Nintendo of America found the title to be too difficult for its audience and instead chose to reskin the Japanese game Doki Doki Panic. Read more for a full Super Mario Brothers 2 (Japanese) playthrough.
Yes, it’s true, the first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, titled “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” is set to hit theathers in 2019. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, and showcases a variety of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality. “The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself,” according to the synopsis. Read more for a trailer reaction video and additional information.
If you want to stream video on the Nintendo Switch officially, there’s Niconico in Japan and Hulu everywhere else, but on November 8th, Google may finally be releasing a native YouTube app for the console. How did this rumor come bout? Well, scrolling down to the ‘You might also like’ section on the official Nintendo website will bring up YouTube as a recommendation. Continue reading for a video showing one method to get YouTube now, and more information.
The Nintendo Switch can be picked up in discounted bundles now, but for some, it’s still too pricey, especially if Super Mario Odyssey is the main game they want to play. Meet the Yuzu Emulator. First announced in January, this software is now capable of running the game, albeit with a few graphical glitches in parts and slowdown in others. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Limited to just 50-units and available in two different styles (folding clamshell and one-piece), the Pixel Vision 2.0 is a portable Steampunk-inspired game console that can store over 10,000 games. You can add your own favorites through WiFi and create a personal game library, whether they be SNES, Megadrive, NES, GBA, TurboGrafx-16, etc. titles. It provides five portable hours of gaming per charge. Continue reading for more pictures and information.