Imagine a game like Fear Effect, Castlevania: SOTN, or Assaulter on a cartridge! Cartridges last forEVER! Cooling fans go dead, thermal paste dries up, drive motors stop and the cost and power consumption of modern systems is ridiculous! I just watched several interviews concerning this system and it appears to have some pretty hefty backing. It is slated for 2016 and is to have retro controller compatibility as well as the USB controller it comes with. The pack in title, in my opinion, looks very good. It is about a cute little knight that rides different wooden horses and arms himself with several weapons on a quest to defeat a dragon that cooked all the 'taller' knights. I know it's cutesy, but I think my kids and I will like it, and so will the wife.
From what I've heard they will try and bring out several standards of games from VCS all the way up to PS1. The ability to put a very large amount of ROM space on a cartridge exists today, so I don't think that big 3D games like, say..Tomb Raider: Last Revelation, or Resident Evil are out of the question. Those licenses may be out, but games that equal them in graphics and gameplay I don't think are too much of a stretch for this. It will probably have some suped up ARM processor (fanless) and cartridges that use internal SD memory. That is my completely off the deep end guess, but that's where I'd go if I were doing something like this.
I also believe that this is our chance to buy a system that will last forever and be made in the U.S.A., by Americans!! It is meant to attract retro enthused and will not support WiFi or even connect online! They don't want you to have to download anything, subscribe to anything, or have to upgrade anything! Just like the good old days, when you bought a cart, slapped it in and played all day!!
I'm getting it no matter what! I have a good feeling about it and will likely get every cartridge for it that comes out. I hope they put games like Final Fight 3, Phantasy Star, Golden Axe, maybe a Pitfall remake that steps us up just a hair from the VCS, but not to such a great degree of change as was on the 16-bitters. A broad range of styles and the chance for 8 to 32 bit style games makes this system unique as a cartridge player! The only way to get something like that up until now would be emulation on a computer, WiFi or internet downloads with a modern system (sure you can use a 350W system to play Contra!), or something like a JXD handheld.
Having a PS1 quality game on a cart would be great! Having a new library of fresh titles that fit the styles of old is alluring!
Edited by Papa, Tue Apr 14, 2015 6:28 PM.