Sweet handheld emulator! I give it 8/10!
Accepts additional games via SD card!! Yaaay!! Mind you, this is *NOT* an entry-level system, where a ten-year-old can pop in the next game cartridge. Some familiarity with playing any PC-based game emulator is VERY important. Also, they don't tell you this in the ad, but the emulation is *not* 100% perfect. Perhaps some chips in the Genesis system are not fully emulated... Certain games WILL NOT run, including (but not limited to) Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Vectorman 1 & 2, The Lost Vikings, and ALL of the 32X games. Also, most of the EA NHL games keep locking up on me. However, Zombies Ate My Neighbors *will* run when you hook the system to a TV via the included RCA plug! I'm sure there's a highly technical reason why this is, but it's beyond me... At least 80% of games work, in my experience. ROM files *MUST* be in filename.bin format, not .smd or .zip format. Sorry, I can't send you ROMs. But just use Google/Bing/whatever to look up Genesis/Megadrive ROMs, and I'm sure you'll find more than enough to keep entertained. Don't bother trying to convert .smd files to .bin (unless no binary exists). These converted files almost NEVER work on the Gopher. One last tip, capitalize & shorten filenames (no symbols) for the sake of the menu. Mixing caps & lowercase adds blank spaces, and long filenames will already get cut off. I prefer to use "N" instead of "&" or "AND"... The screen is soft (LCD rainbows when you press on it) and could use protection. Buy a set of Nintendo DS screen shields, since they fit perfectly and you get a spare. Also, you may wanna buy a case. The construction feels a little flimsy, but I'm not complaining for under $45 delivered! Good battery life, 4+ hours, but dunno if you can find replacements anywhere... So keep cycling the battery, IMHO. We've all had a cell phone battery that just won't hold a charge after being kept in a drawer too long, yes...? Being able to play on a TV puts this system over the top as something I would recommend, despite its failure to run certain games. The previous version of this system didn't accept memory cards, so perhaps a future version will address greater compatibility. Still, this game is a solid 8 out of 10!!
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