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FC Pocket HDMI Combines Portable Famicom Gaming with HDMI Output

by Paul Strauss
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I recently had the opportunity to test out Retro-Bit’s RES+ console, which lets you play classic 8-bit Nintendo games over an HDMI connection, resulting in image quality heretofore unseen from these classic games. If you’re looking for something a bit more versatile, you might want to check out this system out of Japan, which lets you go handheld, while also offering an HDMI output when you’re at home.

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The FC Pocket HDMI is designed to play Nintendo Famicom games on its built-in 7″ LCD screen, but also has an HDMI output so you can connect it to a big screen TV. One big advantage I see here over the RES+ as well is the ability to play games in either 4:3 or 16:9 ratios, so you can still play games in their original format if you prefer. The retro Famicom controllers stick out like a sore thumb compared to the handheld itself. I wish the handheld were styled like a Famicom too.

In addition to being compatible with original Famicom cartridges, the system comes with 112 “original” games built in. It’s not clear what those games are – if they’re licensed Nintendo games, or the kind of mixed bag of low-rent titles that often come built into Nintendo emulators. I haven’t been able to confirm this, but I’m guessing it can plan NES cartridges with an adapter as well.

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Like many Nintendo “compatible” systems, not all sounds reproduced will be identical to the original Famicom, and there may be occasional glitches.  Still it looks like a pretty neat system.

The FC Pocket HDMI system is available for pre-order from NCSX for $138.90(USD), and will start shipping in late October.



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