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PostSubject: Re: Evercade the new retro handheld   Evercade the new retro handheld - Page 2 EmptySun 14 Jun 2020 - 23:04

That CodeMasters one that Pengilly linked to was a bit odd, and I kept thinking about it. It's good that some Oliver Twins stuff is being released, and no-one makes adventure games like Dizzy any more. I just really wish they'd put it on Steam / Epic / itch.io / PSN / eShop / something that isn't a niche console.

Also at the time we were trying to work out why they were sort-of NES games; I've realised now that, not only have other publishers been able to reproduce their NES games in the last few years thanks to patents changing etc., but also: CodeMasters NES games were never "official" - you had to have that Plug-Thru thing! No wonder they never say NES on that press release. Although that does raise an ethical question of playing unofficial NES games on a completely different console designed to replicate that era anyway. Or does it? I dunno, it's late
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PostSubject: Re: Evercade the new retro handheld   Evercade the new retro handheld - Page 2 EmptySun 14 Jun 2020 - 23:10

That's good to know more carts are planned and that not being able to get one till August is I guess a good thing.

Jim, they've never really mentioned which consoles unless they've had like when it comes to Atari games and that's due to some having 2600 & 7200 versions available and of course the Lynx sets, unlike Earthworm Jim doesn't say if Mega Drive or SNES.
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PostSubject: Re: Evercade the new retro handheld   Evercade the new retro handheld - Page 2 EmptyMon 22 Jun 2020 - 20:00

I’ve bought a couple more cartridges since my last post. Argos had an offer where you could buy two for £25, so I picked up what I could, which was the Interplay Collection 2 and the Data East Collection.  Everything else is almost completely out of stock. Anyway, I’ve put a decent amount of time into the Data East cartridge, completing several of the games. I’ll maybe do some short reviews in the Last Retro Game You Finished thread soon.

But my big issue with the Evercade has really come to light during these play sessions. Simply put, I don’t think I’ve spent any time with the Evercade and not thought ‘I’d rather be playing something else’. I’ve had a decent time with some of the games, true, but even the absolute best ones don’t really stand up next to their more famous 8 and 16 bit counterparts. Case in point: I think the very best game that’s available on Evercade is Earthworm Jim, that’s a really good game. Yet there’s at least ten 2D platformers on Nintendo Switch Online that I’d rate as being better.

Really, I’ve not discovered anything that I feel was fully worth my time. There’s too many games that don’t have much lifespan beyond the first few minutes either. There’s a quality concern as well: there’s several games which just plain bad, and simply wouldn’t be good enough for something like, say, Nintendo Switch Online. At this stage, I just feel like I’m trying to get my money’s worth.
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PostSubject: Re: Evercade the new retro handheld   Evercade the new retro handheld - Page 2 EmptyWed 24 Jun 2020 - 11:18

I have ordered one as a treat with my savings I'm getting soon but no idea when it will arrive
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PostSubject: Re: Evercade the new retro handheld   Evercade the new retro handheld - Page 2 EmptyThu 25 Jun 2020 - 21:40

Cappa, you've summed up something there that I didn't realise I was thinking. I wasn't interested in this anyway, as I refuse to buy another piece of hardware to play a limited subsection of games that could have just been released for the hardware I already had. But I hadn't even thought about the fact that they are going to mostly be arcade games, and those generally aren't designed to be thoughtful game experiences that you sit and think about, they're designed to be weird flashy things you put a few (in my day) 20p pieces in.
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PostSubject: Re: Evercade the new retro handheld   Evercade the new retro handheld - Page 2 EmptyWed 29 Jul 2020 - 12:42

It's gone virtually silent from Evercade these last four weeks. I know know that the console and cartridges are mostly out of stock all over the world, but all the same I've been disappointed by how little they've done to keep their momentum going, and by how little they've tried to engage early adopters and future buyers.

The two Atari Lynx cartridges are coming out on November 6th and are going up for pre-order at midnight: https://www.evercade.co.uk/atari-lynx-1-and-2-evercade-cartridges-pre-order-date-confirmed/

They've not announced anything else beyond these, but their Twitter administrator said that they'd "very likely" have something else for Christmas. 

On another note, I've just realised that I haven't played my Evercade since Jimbob's post.
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PostSubject: Re: Evercade the new retro handheld   Evercade the new retro handheld - Page 2 EmptyWed 29 Jul 2020 - 12:56

Mines still not arrived but till I saw pre-orders of the Lynx games (the ones I want) I totally forgot about it.
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PostSubject: Re: Evercade the new retro handheld   Evercade the new retro handheld - Page 2 EmptyWed 29 Jul 2020 - 22:31

Also, I didn't realise that none of the cartridges were of actual arcade games, but ports of them. Sorry, I know it isn't for me, and I shouldn't keep trying to dig my foot in.
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Nintendo Life wrote:
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Jaleco Collection 1 is perhaps of most interest; it comes with Bases Loaded, Astynax, Brawl Brothers, City Connection, Earth Defence Force, Super Goal! 2, Totally Rad, Rival Turf, Operation Logic Bomb and Ignition Factor – if you're an old-school Nintendo fan, then you'll recognise a lot of those names.

The Piko Interactive Collection 2 includes: Power Football, Hoops Shut Up and Jam, Hoops Shut Up and Jam 2, Summer Challenge, Winter Challenge, Brutal Sports Football, Eliminator Boat Duel, Full Throttle All American Racing, Top Racer 2, Soccer Kid, Football Madness, World Trophy Soccer and Racing Fever.

That's probably Evercade's most unimpressive announcement yet. That Jaleco collection is stuffed with uninteresting and low-order games, and three of them are already on Switch Online (City Connection, Super E.D.F. and Brawl Brothers, happening to be three of the worst games on Switch Online). That Piko Interactive collection is really strange, as it's all sports games with a couple of racers. Football Madness is a PSone game and Racing Fever is a GBA game, but I mean, who gives a toss about Football Madness and Racing Fever? The PSone and GBA are two of my favourite consoles, I read all the magazines when they were current and I've still collect for both, but I'd never heard of these games. A quick look on YouTube suggests that these aren't diamonds in the rough.

The hardware is decent and the price of the cartridges is cheap, but somebody needs to have a word with whoever's curating these games. There's probably a couple of hundred games on Evercade by now, but there's more 'eh?' and 'meh' than good or bad.
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PostSubject: Re: Evercade the new retro handheld   Evercade the new retro handheld - Page 2 EmptySun 13 Sep 2020 - 20:36

I can't wait for the Cryo Interactive and Data Design Interactive bundles.

Soccer Kid is the only game out of that last bundle I even recognise - or is the Hoops Shut Up and Jam the Charles Barkley game with no license? I guess some people might have nostalgia, but that's got to be the sort of "There was nothing better" Stockholm Syndrome that I fall victim to with the old crap I talk about. Surely the only people buying box no. 16 are the sort of people who have to have a complete range of boxes on a shelf with no concept of what product they contain.

Look, Evercade owners... you've been had I think Aww!
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PostSubject: Re: Evercade the new retro handheld   Evercade the new retro handheld - Page 2 EmptySun 13 Sep 2020 - 22:35

I'm starting to wonder if they'll plunge to the depths of Cyro Interactive and Data Design Interactive. You just know that if they could get Wii games running on it, there'd be an Evercade collection for Ninjabread Man, Billy The Wizard, Action Girlz Racing and all that bollocks.

Those Hoops titles are the old Charles Barkley Mega Drive games, aye. I've never played them, but both look considerably more fun than most of the stuff I've been playing on the Piko Interactive Collection 1 these past few days. When Radical Rex is the most accomplished game out of twenty, you know you're in trouble. 

I've been had.  Aww!
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PostSubject: Re: Evercade the new retro handheld   Evercade the new retro handheld - Page 2 EmptyMon 14 Sep 2020 - 0:15

@Jimbob wrote:
Surely the only people buying box no. 16 are the sort of people who have to have a complete range of boxes on a shelf with no concept of what product they contain.

Look, Evercade owners... you've been had I think Aww!

That's me as I currently have all the games because I bought the big bundle and have the four carts coming this year pre-ordered.

As the two indie Mega Drive games on the one cart do interest me, so do the Lynx collections, the dizzy one not so much but because got the other 14 might as well have 15 & 16
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PostSubject: Re: Evercade the new retro handheld   Evercade the new retro handheld - Page 2 EmptyMon 14 Sep 2020 - 19:43

Xeno Crisis/Tanglewood, Oliver Twins Collection and the Atari Lynx Collection 1 and 2 have had their release dates delayed by two/three weeks, according to a statement Evercade have put out on their own Twitter page. 

I've got seven of the ten just now, I'm missing the Technos, Atari 2 and Mega Cat Studios collections. There's no difficulty in getting them, it's just that most of the Technos games are on Switch Online and the other two have bugger all I'm interested in on them. There's not a whole lot that's interesting me with the six that have been announced since it's launch...
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