Gadgets capable of playing NES/Famicom games have become quite popular during the past few years, at least amongst the dodgy asian factories producing useless
MP4/Game players in quantities exceeding the population of the earth.
Okay so that bit of information isn't actually confirmed, but there are several NES/Famicom compatible game players out there and I've decided to take a look at
one of these which looks a bit like a Gameboy Micro.
The device is called Coolboy, manufactured in China and comes packed with 3 GBA looking game cartridges, though my copy only included 2 carts - the joy of buying
secondhand, oh well..
The device boasts a 2.4" LCD display and requires 3 AAA batteries to run. The cartridges are attached to a cart slot at the top of the unit, but the cart then
sits on top of the unit which looks quite odd.
Besides of obvious portable feature, the unit also can be attached to a TV using the included AV cable.
While the games included with the system looks more like upgraded versions of old Nintendo games, at least a few carts with NES games can be bought.
As mentioned a total of 3 cartridges are included with the Coolboy handheld, each containing 25 games said to be 8bit games - though they have been upgraded to
more colors than the NES was capable of.
A lot of the games included are originals, but some games can be linked back to NES classics, such as an archery game included, hmm I wonder where I've seen
Sometimes pirate outlets are just too funny... have you ever played the game called Assart?
Honestly though this device is a clear rip off of the OneStation, a very similar handheld using nearly the same cartridge design, though the games from the
OneStation can't be used with the Coolboy.
I've compiled a small video of Coolboy games which can be seen here....
Well there's really not a whole lot more to say about the Coolboy, if you like playing games on the run it's definately worth picking up and you can get 120
or so NES games on one cartriidge for $9 if you visit the right websites on the net, sorry no advertising here :-)