Bill Loguidice's video overview of the Hyperkin Gen Mobile and FC Mobile II, the former an officially licensed portable Sega Genesis clone and the latter an unlicensed portable Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) clone. I'll provide more detail in the comments as I spend more time with the systems.
Hey thanks for doing this video, Bill. I saw the Genesis one get a bit of a promotion somewhere. I took a look at the pictures, thought it looked neat, but didn't pull the trigger.
I thought I might pick one up, however I am concerned about the size of the screen as well as the D-Pad.
One interesting question in my head is what the possibility of modding these things. I am sure Ben Heck has dissected them by now. I would probably look to change the screen as well as the D-Pad.
Have you tried some Genesis and NES cartridges in the things, Bill?
Yeah, the size of the screen is too small and the resolution is probably a touch under what it should be. It's still better than a Nomad's though as the Nomad has that laggy screen that smears moving objects. I'll have to do a direct comparison at some point. The d-pad though is abysmal, no two ways around it, making it very difficult to control Genesis games.
I haven't tried any cartridges yet on either. I probably will soon.
Thanks Bill for showing this:
The audio with the built in games is okay, but when you are using Genesis cartridges you'll notice that the sound is not always correct with sometimes whole voices missing etc. Also not all Genesis games will run on the device.
MaximumRD has also made a Youtube review on the 2nd NES compatible handheld unit!
In order to get some extra documentary footage, I decided to quickly capture some of the built-in games off the Gen Mobile with my Archos 7. Crazy, but several of the built-in games stutter terribly when using the TV out on the Gen Mobile. Definitely a second class device and ultimately a big disappointment, even at that price point.
I'll be putting the FC Mobile II's output through its paces soon as well.
Very, very cool and I'd jump on it in a second, particularly with an extra 20% off, but again with the disconnected d-pad. You CAN'T play NES games properly with a disconnected d-pad! The Pandora can't come soon enough.