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Wiggy Design Mod Finally Makes The Sega Nomad Truly Portable

Posted by Damien McFerran

Better screen, internal battery and improved sound - it's the Nomad X

As you'll already know, we're massive fans of Wiggy Design's Rose Colored Gaming here at Nintendo Life. Wiggy's motto is "New ideas for old games", and his most recent upgrade certainly lives up to that.

The Nomad X mod takes Sega's portable Genesis / Mega Drive console and makes it about a million times more useful, thanks to the addition of an internal battery. The Nomad originally launched with a bulky, bolt-on battery pack which ate through AA batteries and offered just a couple of hours of playtime. The inclusion of a built-in power source means that the system is now truly portable.

The Nomad X also includes a superior LCD screen (the original was a proper blur-fest) and a more robust speaker for better audio. To round it all off, the casing has been re-coloured to a rather fetching white, along with a new logo.

Want to get your hands on one of these? You'll have to wait, sadly. The Nomad X mod shown here is an R&D model, and Rose Color Gaming's tech wizard Matthew "Wiggy" Wiggins is still ironing out the final details. Rest assured, we'll be first in line once he does — our Nomad has been chained to the wall socket for far too long.

[via rosecoloredgaming.wordpress.com]

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User Comments (19)

Kilroy

#2

Kilroy said:

"The Nomad X mod takes Sega's portable Genesis / Mega Drive console"

Seems pretty cut and dry to me.

Cranky

#3

Cranky said:

Seeing as you can't buy one yet I would recommend getting the Sega MegaDrive/Genisis Arcade Ultimate Portable in the meantime. I got one the other day, and considering the cheap price they are fantastic.

ajcismo

#4

ajcismo said:

The Nomad was a neat piece of gear back in the day (1994-95ish? somebody correct me) but it was expensive, pretty bulky and had the worst battery life ever.

Koapa

#5

Koapa said:

Are you soo big fun of old game?
I think Sega Genesis has its emulators on most R4 cards.

hydeks

#7

hydeks said:

Very interesting website, I like his work :) Alot more people need to do things like this, to keep the classic systems alive!!! Very awesome, I have to say I want one of his modded original GBA's, backlit was the only thing that kept that system from truly being one of the best.

Spooky

#8

Spooky said:

There was actually a small batch of gba sp that had a backlit screen instead of frontlit, they look tons better. They were produced very late in the gba lifecycle.

retro_player_22

#9

retro_player_22 said:

Awesome, this makes me very excited, I still have all my over 244 Sega Genesis carts in my basement ready to be play again. I already got my portable SNES experience with the Supaboy, but never play a Nomad. Hopefully I'll get my portable Genesis with this one soon. Make it happen Wiggy.

Knuckles

#12

Knuckles said:

This has me curious, could Sonic 3 & Knuckles be played on this, or would only one cart work.

Urbanhispanic

#13

Urbanhispanic said:

I remember when the Nomad came out in the mid-90's but did not know anyone who actually bought it.

Let's see how this one turns out. The Sega Genesis had its fair share of great games.

gundam00

#14

gundam00 said:

I totally forgot about the Nomad and I own one!! The Nomad was actually pretty sweet when it was released. My only complaint with it was how heavy it was; the thing was a beast for a handheld device!

x-mas_mii

#15

x-mas_mii said:

@ajcismo it was 95, i recently took a look at gaming in the 90's and realized that sega had made 6 consoles in 96(most were genisis cash ins)

LeasTwanteD

#16

LeasTwanteD said:

This once again shows that when you purchase a home console game you should be able to play it on the go without any additional costs. Take a leaf, VC!

QuickSilver88

#17

QuickSilver88 said:

I too own a Nomad and I actually think the screen was good for the time... My biggest complaint was battery life situatuion as it ate thru 8 AAs in a hurry. Sega made a rechargeable pack but I could never find one. I would love it if I could send them my unit and get it converter or even buy a kit and do it myself. Also for those still playing old cart systems google retrogate store...they make a line of carts that us SD card and allow you to put every ROM in the world on an SD card and play them on your old systems. i bought one for genesis and one for N64 and they work great

QuickSilver88

#18

QuickSilver88 said:

@Spooky Exactly and I have one of those late series GBA SP....you can tell if it is one because they have two levels or brightness when you press the light button. They are truly the best GBA.....also the micro has a very nice screen with 5 levels of brightness.....if your eyes can take the micro was pretty cool!

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