The makers of the Evercade, an upcoming handheld console that connects to your TV and plays collections of retro games which come on cartridges, have announced three new carts, each containing a fresh selection.
The biggest news is that there's a new publisher on the platform in the form of Namco. Namco Collection 1 will feature the following jewels from the company's back catalogue:
With some heavy hitters like Pac Man, Galaxian and Xevious, it's nice to see Namco join the roster of companies supporting the console. Also coming from previously announced publisher Interplay is the following selection of six games:
And, not to be outdone, Atari has another collection of retro titles including a few from the 7800:
Each cartridge will cost £14.99 / €17.99 / $19.99 and the console will include three of them in its premium bundle at launch. From the looks of things, the Evercade nails the retro aesthetic and the previously announced collections contain some classics too. It awaits to be seen how it will do when it launches later this year, but it's certainly piqued our interest.
Are you excited to see the Evercade enter the retro arena? Let us know with a comment below.
Has this console been properly revealed yet? Do we know anything about the thing other than these 3 collections?
but I'm living the nintendo life not the evercade life
And do we know whether or not the Namco collection is the arcade versions or the Atari 7800 versions? I can't imagine Namco would let a collection of 10 or 11 of their arcade games out the door for less than $40.
@DrJiggle Seems like the famicom/nes versions given that they use the famicom box art.
£15 is super cheap for a cartridge! these seem great value for money! i was already interested but that pricing is very decent for what you get. it just remains to be seen if this thing actually runs the games well. if it does, this thing does have potential
They're finally releasing Mappy Kids! I wonder if they'll censor the KKK villain through...
@Daphilinator1234 Ah, that would make sense. Thanks!
Does the Interplay one come with a 20 note inside also?
I want an Intellivision cart. Of course I would not mind a Konami or Capcom one either!
Okay I'm getting this now. ClayFighter 2 is just too good to ignore.
What a weird lineup from Namco. Galaxian instead of Galaga? The only franchise to get two games is Mappy?
Most of these games are just museum pieces now, with very little to offer other than nostalgia. Nothing that would make me run out to buy another console for. Those Atari games are available on many collections and compilation disc already.
There's clearly some good games in the various collections.
Personally I think I have what I want of the Namco games, but the Data East collection looks interesting (from the first batch of collections) and the Atari 7800 games from the Atari collections could be very interesting to dive into.
And with the console and 3 collections for 90 €/80 £, it actually sounds like pretty good value, provided the hardware itself delivers (buttons works as they're supposed to etc.).
$99 dollars and it comes with three different game collections!! I might just have to get this.
Mappy, Dig Dug, etc.
I can play the NDS version of Namco Museum DS.
Ok, starting to get a bit suspicious. Quad Challenge on the Namco collection is what the Genesis port of Namco's arcade game Four Trax is called.
Is this even the real arcade versions you're getting in the end?
I already got the Namco collection on my Switch.
Metal Marines? Colour me surprised at that one. My brother played it TONS back in t' day.
Great games I want this so baaaddd
One of my weirdest annoyances is that they keep putting Atari 2600 games on emulator consoles without any kind of stick. For some reason, they just never feel right to me while playing.
@DrJiggle Also, the last half is mostly 16-bit games.
I've never heard of Quad Challenge but I'm guessing it's a Genesis game.
Libble Rabble is a nice choice. I'm guessing few people heard of it, it was a game about making fences to trap enemies by playing as two triangles. Very much something out of 1983, but this boxart suggests it is the Super Famicom port of the game (which used a twin-stick setup)
Also, I don't know why people don't seem to like Claymates. That game was awesome! (except for a couple times when I got clipped into a wall in the pachinko machine bonus game, softlocking the game)
Call me when this thing actually sells well.
Aka, call me never.
Now this is interesting. Way better than Antstream. I don't understand why people think streaming games will work when it's been proven troublesome over and over.
Why is this on a Nintendo news site? Is this Nintendo news? Or is this a sponsored news item (read: advertisement)?
I feel like I'd only actually want to play 1 game from each collection, sigh.
@mandlecreed it was snes exclusive game wasnt it
if its same game im thinking about great game
@FragRed Six collections, actually. Three others have been previously announced. You can check them out by following the links in the article.
@Barbara001 It’s a video game blog, not a government policed website. There’s no penalty for posting about retro/niche gaming which has always been of interest to NL staff and readers
@RushDawg This probably won't be the last cart they make. That or budget constraints. Namco is probably charging more than others.
I'm more interested in the Interplay collections so far. This Evercade is starting to really shape up for me.
Would want to see some 16 bit games to make this interesting. And yes, claymates is a solid and under appreciated SNES platformer (my 2 children both are hooked on it)
Wow, more 7800 games! I wish Atari would just release a 7800 game collection on switch or something like that.
Really wish Nintendo would pursue some of these....I don't think Battle Cars has been available since the SNES days. Claymates, either.
@Barbara001 I don’t even own a switch, so only visit NL for its excellent retro coverage. Hence this article is relevant for many readers.
@DrJiggle They look like the Famicom/Nes ports they been using in these cheap mini arcades https://www.gamestop.ie/Loot/Games/68919
it's nearly 2020... they could give us the actual arcade version like the tiny arcade machines do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh5z7CnNBBw there cheaper and fit in your pocket
Hmm.. I’m beginning to like this device!
I am buying one of these.
While the Namco selection is a bit sparse compared to what they released on Switch already, I'm really interested in the Interplay Collections.
I'm curious to see where this goes.
7800 games and Happy Kids? I'll buy one
Ok, did a bit of "research".
The Nintendolife "announcement article" says the Evercade will play games from 8 and 16 bit consoles, so probably no arcade versions.
But that's not necessarily a bad thing. The NES had good ports of Burnin' Rubber and Burger Time. Megadrive/Genesis had what seems like an excellent port of Midnight Resistance. And the NES of course have good ports of Dig Dug, Pacman and Galaxians.
Could look like the company behind the Evercade chose wisely when they picked the games to be included on the various collections.
OH C'MON NAMCO IS SNUBBING NEW RALLY X AGAIN? W-wait @shgamer the NES versions? Damn Rally X was never ported to the NES... :/
This thing looks awesome. I wonder if it has multiplayer? It would be such an easy sell if it has PC Engine and SNES games available!
@PipeGuy64Bit Seems like that, but if you're into ZX Spectrum games there was actually released an excellent (unauthorized) port for it recently.
Ha, these little cartridges with game collections is something I've said Nintendo and Sega should do with their Mini consoles (future models at this point obviously) where they have working mini cartridge slots and release mini compilation cartridges of say 20 games a piece going forward. And indie developers could also then release new games for the likes of SNES Mini and Genesis Mini also. I think it could be a bit of a revelation, and I'd honestly be more excited about this and seeing what amazing new retro games come to these classic consoles than what's happening on the proper current gen consoles to be honest.
I’ll get interested once I see an actual unit running actual games. Their website currently only has renders of the thing. The game collections are a real mixed bag, but there’s some gems in there.
Glad to see Atari finally involve some 7800 games and I’d be down for some 7800 asteroids and desert falcon!! Only problem is wrong console! Perhaps will see a Vol 4 Atari Flashback on the big boys with some 7800 love!
I love certain Atari games, but I have zero desire to play 2600. Lynx, arcade, 7800 for sure
@ClassSonicSatAm Tiny Arcades don't use the arcade ROMs either, but yes they're way better than the terrible My Arcade cabs which cant even emulate most NES games properly.
The best mini arcades of course are New Wave Toys. Also Arcade1Up's Countercades release at the end of this month.
Does it have a Tate mode?
I wish Namco could get their act together and figure out a way to get Ms Pac Man on all these releases. It’s ridiculous if they actually have to pay the creators such an amount that it’s not worth releasing
@shgamer Oh wow it looks pretty good. Thanks for telling me about this.
Ah but the intense nostalgia from the Atari box art!! Back then you could fall in love with the artwork and almost not even mind how primitive the games themselves were.
A Coleco collection might even sell me on this system.
Pac-Man but no Ms. Pac-Man. Galaxian but no Galaga.
What a surprise.
@Anguspuss Yeah, was a great little strategy title
I like this. I think there's a niche for dedicated retro systems that are reasonably priced and of a better quality than @#%!ing "AtGames."
Hope the emulation doesn't suck
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