Now that AtGames' 2017 lineup of standard-definition plug-n-play consoles and portables is all out in stores, I'd like to put out a call to anyone who has gotten one (or more than one!):
1. If you might be willing (and able) to open up your pricey new tech toy and take nice clear photos of the PCB, it would be of great interest to
everybody, and possibly helpful in identifying the ICs used in the system.
2. If you could test out getting into the system test/debug mode (for prior AtGames Atari Flashbacks: press-and-hold system's Start and Select buttons while powering it on; for 2016's Atari Flashback Portable: press-and-hold A, R, and S buttons while powering it on), we could determine if those key sequences still work in the 2017 models; also, a photo or straight reading-and-typing of the main debug mode screen could also reveal the identity of the system CPU.
I'd appreciate any input in these areas! Contributors would earn, uh . . . points toward your next trip across the 8th dimension?
At a Target store last week, I realized that if you really, really can't wait for the AFB8 line to come out, you can currently approximate some of the contents via spending a total of ~$60--same as the non-Gold AFB8 MSRP--at Target on three products.
- MSI Entertainment's 2016 Space Invaders plug-n-play system (hack of NES Space Invaders)
- MSI Entertainment's 2016 Frogger plug-n-play system (probably a reuse of Majesco's NOAC port from 2004)
There is one that they did for Q-Bert that's nice, Walmart has them, I purchased it, they also had Asteroids, Centipede, Frogger and Pac-Man, then Space Invaders at Toys R Us, they're all in mini arcade cabinets!
I think we're actually not talking about the same kinds of products. The mini arcade cabinets, that have a built-in screen and don't connect to a TV, are from Basic Fun/The Bridge Direct. I think this thread
covers those. The products I was talking about are reminiscent of the retro plug-n-play products from 10-15 years ago, joysticks that plug into a TV. MSI Entertainment's website
mentions their Ms. Pac-Man
NOAC-based unit (runs Namco's NES port of the game, with title screen text hacks, and nothing else for its $20 asking price) that's in stores now, plus a presumably upcoming unit with (just) Double Dragon
. No mention of a Q*bert