For many years I have wanted a mobile gaming handheld that is better than my iPhone. For some the iPhone is an amazing device for gaming and it has some great games, but I find the touch interface to be a bit limiting. So much so that I find the original Gameboy to be a better gaming device than the modern iPhone. I know some may not agree, but its not about the power of the system or the graphics its about the games, gameplay and controls. Maybe my mind is forever set on thumb controls for mobile games, maybe its just a better way to play them?

Even if the touch screen can be made to work with an old game port, often its totally crapped up to the point of being a terrible version of its former self. Checkout my review of the Secret of Mana iPhone port I wrote some time ago for more of my thoughts about that. I do a side by side comparison of the iPhone version and in the end I had to stop playing it because it attacked my soul.

I have spent many evenings scouring the internet for a handheld that makes sense for me. I want to run the games I already own on my NES and Super Nintendo and don't want to buy them again. I want to run Doom and Quake too. You know, normal nerdy shit. I don't mind a store where I buy games either, as it turns out I love buying games that are awesome.

Recently the GCW Zero was successfully Kickstarted and is nearing a normal retail launch soon. From all I have read, this looks like the device for me. Totally unlocked from the start, it runs Linux and can do much. Has the form factor of a PSP or DS and looks to be quite powerful. I have heard the device will sell for around $160 or so and that sounds reasonable.

When they release more details about when it becomes available for purchase, ill let you know.

Timogorgon   Member wrote on 03/16/2013 at 11:52pm

I currently have my retro gaming needs handled pretty well with my hacked wii, but I would love to have that experience in a portable. I've been playing PSone games on my PSP lately, and it's been awesome. I might look into this when it hits the general market if it's not too expensive.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 03/17/2013 at 12:54am

Ill let you know how much it is. I am fairly certain ill pick one up if I can and of course report back :D

Travis   Admin wrote on 03/17/2013 at 02:26am

WBS, you can hack your PSP quite easily and get emulators there as well. I've played SNES games on my PSP more than actual PSP games.

Timogorgon   Member wrote on 03/17/2013 at 05:59am

Already hacked. :P I didn't feel like buying all my PSone games again on the PSN store just so I could play them on PSP. I haven't looked into an SNES emulator though, but that would be cool.

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