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Evercade’s Retro Handheld Has Me Falling In Love WIth Cartridges All Over Again

It’s nice that we live in a world where any game we can imagine is just a download away, but sometimes that can get overwhelming. Limits can be nice. Cartridge-based retro game console Evercade has helped me remember that.

Released earlier this year by UK company Blaze Entertainment, the Evercade is a retro handheld gaming console capable of playing titles from the Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Atari Lynx, Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo, and Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. Unlike other retro consoles, which rely on either preloaded games or users loading whatever they want via ROM images, the Evercade offers a series of cartridges loaded with curated collections of games. The console costs $80, the cartridges around $20. If you need to find one, check out the official website.

Each cartridge is basically a bundle of games from one publisher. Once a cartridge is inserted, players can flip through the selection of games, hopping in and out of the ones they want to play. The first cartridge for the system is a collection of 20 Atari 2600 and 7800 games. The second is a Namco Museum Collection that includes the first official English translation of Mappy Kids, the console-only spin-off of arcade classic Mappy. There’s a cartridge from Mega Cat Studios that’s filled with homebrew games previously released for the NES and Genesis. Check out the website for the full list of available carts and their games.

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