Evercade – The new future for retro handheld gaming?

Evercade is a forthcoming handheld console which looks very cool, indeed, and is set to play a stack of retro games as well as forthcoming new ‘retro-inspired’ titles.

For those announced so far, instead of paying per game, you’ll buy cartridges which each contain a stack of games, including two Atari 2600 collections, and those from Data East and Interplay, and I can see straight away that one of my all-time favourite Atari games is in there – Adventure! I love that they also include Atari 7800 games, as I never had that console, nor the 5200.

Evercade hav ealready secured major licenses confirming a total of 85 games including Namco Museum (22 games including Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Galaga, Galaxian, Weapon Lord, Splatterhouse 2 and Splatterhouse 3), Interplay (13 games including Earthworm Jim 1, Earthworm Jim 2, Clayfighter and Battle Chess), Data East (10 games including Burger Time, Karate Champ and Bad Dudes) and Atari (40 games including Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, Ninja Golf (7800) and Alien Brigade (7800)). Over 100 titles are due at launch, too.

The console’s features are below, and we can’t wait to check this out when review samples are available, especially since it has an HDMI output which will be perfect when capturing gaming footage:

  • Supports 8 and 16 bit games (view the full list of confirmed games so far here)
  • Collectable, ever increasing library of games on the unique Evercade Cartridge (with 6 – 20 games per cartridge)
  • HDMI connectivity to connect to your TV
  • 4.3” screen (the same size as a PSP)
  • Selectable 4:3 or 16:9 screen ratios (traditional retro ‘square’ or widescreen)
  • Supports saving and loading your game at any point
  • 4-5 hour battery life
  • Retailing at just £59.99/€69.99/$79.99 with individual cartridges only £14.99/€17.99/$19.99
  • Launching globally