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 Post subject: Official Evercade thread, or: cartridge porn in 2020
PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:38 pm 


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https://funstock.co.uk/products/evercad ... tion-white

https://youtu.be/hHOchWVYe-E

https://youtu.be/x0hYb9_U6oE

Fully licensed software, on handheld programmabile console (not dedicated). In 2020. Launching with a software lineup of 115 titles or so. At a glance, a gamer' selection: the Double Dragon are carefully chosen for example. Has a Data East cartridge at launch, but also Piko Interactive and Mega Cat ones.

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 Post subject: Re: Official Evercade thread, or: cartridge porn in 2020
PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:47 pm 



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The name of the handheld implies arcade games, but it seems most/all of the cartridges are console ports.

Thats about all the opinion I have of it now. If it got arcade ports like the Nintendo Switch, but on cartridges, it would be a more interesting device to me.


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 Post subject: Re: Official Evercade thread, or: cartridge porn in 2020
PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:51 pm 


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Despite clashing with its name, I think to focus on console ports works in favor of an handheld. Visually, console ports had often a lower, less detailed resolution which works better on a smaller screen. Moreover, a great majority of early arcade classics used non-standard input modes that never work really well in emulation environment.
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 Post subject: Re: Official Evercade thread, or: cartridge porn in 2020
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I can understand that. Playing Ikari Warriors always gives me crabclaw. Setting up Super Hang-on is always a pain and leaves it impossible to do soft turns. But even so, they're still a dozen times better than their ports.

It's nice this thingy has TV output. Been a standard feature since the Neo-Geo Gold, right? It's too bad The Man hobbled the Switch Lite just to keep a more expensive product model on the shelves.


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 Post subject: Re: Official Evercade thread, or: cartridge porn in 2020
PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:22 am 


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A few more carts like the Data East one and I'll bite at that price. The console ports so far are middling at best.
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 Post subject: Re: Official Evercade thread, or: cartridge porn in 2020
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Marc wrote:
A few more carts like the Data East one and I'll bite at that price.


The pricing seems good, yes.

I've seen the Data East has Joe & Mac 2 but not the first... If they're smart they'll use the Eden Genesis port on the next volume. Not that Joe & Mac Is a good suit for a strictly single player device, mind you.
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 Post subject: Re: Official Evercade thread, or: cartridge porn in 2020
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I'm just glad they went with such a nice 16:9 screen, you know, for those retro games they are selling...

I bet our favorite YouTubers who got free ones will be talking up this device soon!

EDIT: Oh crap, you literally linked to two YTers who got these free talking it up...


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 Post subject: Re: Official Evercade thread, or: cartridge porn in 2020
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Oh crap, you literally linked to two YTers who got these free talking it up...


Well, It was the first hands-on video available and I think they're being honest about their piece which is basically shill paid unboxing, not certainly critic review.
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 Post subject: Re: Official Evercade thread, or: cartridge porn in 2020
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Yeah, you're right. MJR I can understand, his audience seems to be just the right one for this device, the other guy though, I don't know.

I think the colors and the looks of it are ugly, but I'm not against it b/c it's emulation. I like that the books are color and it's licensed.

That screen though... I wonder if 4:3 LCDs are just too expensive to buy.


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 Post subject: Re: Official Evercade thread, or: cartridge porn in 2020
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I just noticed there is a black one, much better looking IMO.

I'll say I also don't like the game cases either. Too similar. I wish they had the budget to do specialty art.

Still, I guess if it works and they haven't stolen anyones emulator, it's cool for what it is.


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 Post subject: Re: Official Evercade thread, or: cartridge porn in 2020
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So far I think they haven't disclosed the guts of it... I'm not holding my breath for it to be anything different than most clones out there, but I think all the extra budget they had was spent not on powerful hardware, but on setting up the license system. That makes It sort of interesting for what It is; and also the fact that they got Piko and Mega Cat is intriguing.

The 16:9 choice of screen is odd though.
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 Post subject: Re: Official Evercade thread, or: cartridge porn in 2020
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That screen though... I wonder if 4:3 LCDs are just too expensive to buy.

I'd assuming 4:3 LCDs of that size simply aren't being produced.
Stuff like this will always be based on mass produced off-the-shelf components, anything else would be absurdly expensive.


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 Post subject: Re: Official Evercade thread, or: cartridge porn in 2020
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Turrican wrote:
So far I think they haven't disclosed the guts of it... I'm not holding my breath for it to be anything different than most clones out there, but I think all the extra budget they had was spent not on powerful hardware, but on setting up the license system. That makes It sort of interesting for what It is; and also the fact that they got Piko and Mega Cat is intriguing.

The 16:9 choice of screen is odd though.


I heard one of the youtubers saying that he spoke directly with the devs and they plan to release real arcade ports in the future.
For arcade vertical shmups the 16:9 ratio definitely makes sense. I guess we just have to wait for the next cart releases.
What they are offering, albeit a little weak for now, is still exciting. I'd say it's a good start!
As for input lag... it's seems some is present but is not all that perceptible?? :?


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 Post subject: Re: Official Evercade thread, or: cartridge porn in 2020
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Yes, and i'm sure the late gunpei yokoi would approve.

The novelty of the item is clearly its licensing deal with third parties. If you think about this, you can see they're setting a precendent of sort here. They have a lot of Famicom and Super Famicom roms, but they carefully changed all the covers removing any link to the original hardware, and I definitely think they will have to change in-game copyright headers as well.

This kind of software has not been distributed legally online on a non-nintendo system before. A lot of these roms have been on Wii, 3DS or Switch of course but playing in Nintendo's courtyard made changes unnecessary.

Here we have something like Namco retaking their own stuff, scrubbing off FC copyrights, and making them available again. Legally.
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 Post subject: Re: Official Evercade thread, or: cartridge porn in 2020
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An eleventh cartridge has been unveiled, giving spotlight to 17 Atari Lynx games:

https://evercade.co.uk/atari-lynx-colle ... cartridge/


Scrapyard Dog
Basketbrawl
Super Asteroids/Missile Command®
Awesome Golf
Crystal Mines II: Buried Treasure
CyberVirus
Dracula the Undead
Gordo 106
Ishido: The Way of Stones
Jimmy Connors Tennis
Loopz
Malibu Bikini Volleyball
MegaPak
Power Factor
Remnant
Super Sqweek
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 Post subject: Re: Official Evercade thread, or: cartridge porn in 2020
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Turrican wrote:
An eleventh cartridge has been unveiled, giving spotlight to 17 Atari Lynx games:

https://evercade.co.uk/atari-lynx-colle ... cartridge/


Scrapyard Dog
Basketbrawl
Super Asteroids/Missile Command®
Awesome Golf
Crystal Mines II: Buried Treasure
CyberVirus
Dracula the Undead
Gordo 106
Ishido: The Way of Stones
Jimmy Connors Tennis
Loopz
Malibu Bikini Volleyball
MegaPak
Power Factor
Remnant
Super Sqweek
Xump


I guess they couldn't get the rights to the Epyx, Atari Games/Tengen, or Midway stuff? A couple decent choices, but a very underwhelming list. Gordo 106? Really? CyberVirus is the most interesting game on the list, but I'm not sure if I prefer it over Battle Wheels. Last I checked, Lynx emulation isn't as far ahead as other systems either. Too bad Battlezone is currently owned by Activision.


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 Post subject: Re: Official Evercade thread, or: cartridge porn in 2020
PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:18 am 


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Yeah it definitely feels like a list that has to avoid specific licenses.

What's so bad about Gordo 106 though? At least it has LX Rudis on it :)

Another thing to keep in mind is: like the other evercade collections, this bears "vol. 1" on its name. If they ever plan to release a second Lynx collection, it may be wise not to include all the heavy hitters in the first volume.

Now crossing fingers that emulation is good...
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 Post subject: Re: Official Evercade thread, or: cartridge porn in 2020
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This looks pretty neat and it seems like the team really cares about it. Waiting on that "developer" cartridge, though. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Official Evercade thread, or: cartridge porn in 2020
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Udderdude wrote:
This looks pretty neat and it seems like the team really cares about it. Waiting on that "developer" cartridge, though. :lol:


Which would only make this a rather underspec and unattractive alternative to the several dozens out there like RG350, Analogue Pocket and so on. :?
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 Post subject: Re: Official Evercade thread, or: cartridge porn in 2020
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Maybe I should give it a try, but I generally heard bad things about Gordo 106. Watched a video and it at least has some nice music.

Gordo 106 has been acquired by Songbird, who also aquired a license to Battlezone 2000 from Rebellion. Since there are a few others licenced by Songbird, it's possible for Battlezone 2000 to be in pack 2. I have Super Skweek on cart and liked what I played of it. Odd how the GG version of the first game was renamed to Slider for the west.


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 Post subject: Re: Official Evercade thread, or: cartridge porn in 2020
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Yeah, good finding about Songbird rights acquisitions, although I wouldn't keep hopes too high for Battlezone (on the website they say "rights limited to Lynx").

Overall, it's an interesting launch lineup, that the least you can say of it. I would love to meet the guys behind the selection. I mean, with the exception of the two Atari collections, which largely play by the book by offering everything that we had already seen in the Atari Flashback Classics, plus a couple of 7800 fan favorites, the other collections all seem to have something that tries to escape the norm.

Especially the Namco ones, where the risk of rehash from the endlessly repeated Namco Museums was high, avoided that "same-old feeling" with stuff like Libble Rabble, Star Luster, Quad Challenge and Metal Marines. Warp Man, Weapon Lord, the Famicom version of Dragon Spirit... They managed to make these two volumes quite interesting and they haven't even had to include calibers like Rolling Thunder(s) yet. Not bad.

Of course, besides the big names like Atari and Namco that everyone pretty much expects to see in a project like this one, it's peculiar what else we're getting so far, mainly thanks to the Piko release:

-four games from Autralian Beam Software (Way of Exploding Fist, Nightshade, Power Punch II, Radical Rex);

-three titles from taiwanese Chuanpu (Brave Battle Saga, Water Margin, Canon)

-Infogrames' Drakkhen and its eastern sequel Dragon view;

And while everyone on their channels is shouting about getting Taito, Capcom, Konami what do they do? They present you with an almost complete lineup from Lynx's almost forgotten Handmade Soft. Kudos to them.

Sure, I know on the labels this stuff is advertised with Earthworm Jim, Pac-Man and Double Dragon. That's the magnet and it's okay, but at the end of the day they're gonna sell on shelves stuff like Dracula The Undead, 8 Eyes and Nightshade. Can you go more niche than that?
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