We've given the Evercade handheld plenty of coverage on this site, mainly because it's a fantastic way to appreciate old games – many of which are former NES and SNES classics.
In case you're unfamiliar with the machine, it's a handheld games console that runs physical cartridges rather than downloadable games. We've seen a host of old-school titles on the system, including offerings from the Dizzy series and vintage cuts from Namco, as well as "modern" retro games like the fantastic Xeno Crisis.
It would seem that the console has been enough of a commercial success to warrant a successor, as Blaze – the firm behind the machine – is now teasing the arrival of another Evercade-branded piece of hardware.
The "Evercade VS" suggests some kind of multiplayer angle – could it be like the Atari Lynx, which allowed two players to compete using a single handheld device, or could we be looking at a console that adopts the concept of the Switch by incorporating detachable controllers so two players can play on a single display?
There are other questions, too; given that it uses the Evercade branding, will this new platform use existing Evercade cartridges? We'll know for sure sooner rather than later, but in the meantime, let us know your thoughts by posting a comment below.
This article was originally published by nintendolife.com on Fri 26th March, 2021.
Wow the long rumored evercade pro that we all hoped existed!
Evercade is actually good, unlike that thing called polymega that this news site advertise like crazy.
I love the console, but I have it since a couple months ago. It would bother me if this was a really improved new portable and they abandoned old Evercade owners. Yes, like many people I have a Nintendo trauma.
4K dizzy here we go!
VS = Virtual Store?
Does this thing do downloadable content at all?
@Woodyshoe Didn't you hear? Evercade are killing off Dizzy on 31st March
@BloodNinja No, it's purely cart-based.
@Damo Thank you Damo!
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Given their road map of cart releases planned for the next few months I'd be surprised if they were launching a new console that wasn't backwards compatible. It doesn't actually even say it is new hardware. Could be a competition or something! At most I expect a new Evercade that allows for either multiplayer via link cable/WiFi or online. The former feels more likely.
I wonder though, could a firmware update allow multiplayer through linking using the USB ports? Or a second controller that connects to the USB port and allows for 2 player (would need to be while using HDMI out really).
There was talk of a home console version of the Evercade, so this could be that. Would be way too early to replace the existing handheld... they'd be faced with many angry customers.
@BloodNinja blaze tried that already with the failed gamegadget.
I would love to give evacade a go but it would have to have more than nes and megadrive ports like it does at the moment.
@abdias yeah Polymega looks to be a massive waste of money.
I'll be surprised if they don't fold soon.
“ We'll know for sure sooner rather than later,”... no, we won’t, I love the Evercade but information drips out slower than molasses, we may hear more vague info in a few months
@mattmayatt So failed I’ve never even heard of it, apparently!
I bought an Evercade last month. It's really filling in that gap of a small portable system, as I'm playing the Double Dragon games during my commute. I love that the Namco Museum Collections are still able to find quite a few games that still haven't been localized before. Not sure if this is a Day 1 buy, especially if the appeal behind it is strictly local multiplayer, but I'm sure to get it by the end of the year.
It's a nice handheld. I think they need to get more carts out though they have a very solid line up. Things I'd like in another version would be some more oomph to get more emulators running from their carts.
@BloodNinja I had one unfortunately
@FragRed ha ha but Evercade is all physical. But seriously the Evercade is getting the Samsung oled screens instead of Nintendo. The rumours about Nintendo were all wrong.
doesn't look like the switch so don't compare it
@mattmayatt It does have lots of other platforms too. Like SNES, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Atari Lynx, and in the upcoming carts Intellivision, Game Boy, Playstation and Arcade games too.
I'd love to see the polymega team take a crack at a handheld next.
@mattmayatt What didn't you like about it?
Give us N64 and PS1 support.
My psp has literally thousands of games on it. Nintendo, sega, psx. It is f*cking great. One day, maybe, I will have an old switch with hundreds of Vita games on it.
Maybe the author is thinking of cocktail arcade games, or Mattel-era LED games, but no Atari-era Lynx games had simultaneous two player games on one console except a recent homebrew called Ponx. The Lynx used a serial cable called ComLynx. They also prototyped an infrared communication system called RedEye.
Networked Lynx games are fun, you should try them! I liked Warbirds, Xenophobe, Todd’s Adventures in Slime World, and Battlewheels.
The VS will be the system capable of playing two players, in other words, the home console that hooks to the TV with two controllers
The original is a very nice, affordable console with very affordable games too and is for those who don't want to mess about with emulation stuff HOWEVER its annoying that the sames are hardly ever the best versions. The Dizzy compilations would be great but...not the Amiga/C64/Z81 games.
That's a Finally they saw the light at the end of the tunnel. A multiplayer should've been there from the start. Switch had that one one console so why couldn't everarcade do that. It was to make money off poor saps whom bought in early.
I keep forgetting to pick up this system. I'll wait to see what the VS is all about first.
@stevep - Yes I would take that as the most likely scenarion, 2-player and/or TV hookup. Not as some are suggesting a plus version machine or 4k games lol.
I think it'll be a console, probably with a port for evercade cartridges, and 4 controller ports, Bluetooth for wireless controllers, and maybe wi-fi for a download store or more likely online multiplayer.
I just can't see them making the current one obsolete, or the cartridge library, I've had mine since launch and they're pretty cool.
Been researching and thinking about getting one of these very recently. Glad I held off in case this is an updated version.
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