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This is an image of the original model of the Leapster (no, this isn't the model I own at the time this was written, I currently have a 2 Leapster 2s for now). An edutainment console that debuted in 2003. You can get this thing for dirt cheap on ebay. It's well known for its game Sonic X. You might be asking something like; "What's to talk about a edutainment console from the early 2000's?" Well, firstly, for an edutainment console with a library of only about 40 games, it was way ahead of it's time. Some could say "A LEAP ahead of it's time". Being more capable than the leading non-edutainment handheld in 2003, the Game Boy Advance. Such as having a touch screen, running adobe flash, and other stuff. Secondly, I see a lot of potential in this when it comes to homebrew development. like how I said earlier, this thing is able to run Flash. Well all the titles were based on Adobe Flash. Well mostly, some games used 4bpp format bitmap graphics but still used flash, but let's go back to homebrewing. You see, I think homebrewing would be great for the Leapster because like I said before, the games are based on Adobe Flash. Flash is an familiar platform that you can easily make games for and can easily find on he magical thing that is the internet. All we need to do is find out how Leapster games are programmed (maybe contact team europe to make new rom download links because some of the Leapster roms on other sites are corrupt or just find a rom that's not corrupt), have someone invent a Leapster flash cart, and then the homebrewing will commence! And hey, (say it with me) CAN IT RUN DOOM?

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On 5/3/2019 at 8:45 AM, Flojomojo said:

Two dead things (Leapster and Flash) do not equal an alive thing. Why not just play existing Flash games on something that isn't hideous, obsolete, and hideously obsolete?

 

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/290599-preserving-thousands-of-flash-games/

This is literally the stereotype on tech forms, like wow, how tare me down do you have to be.

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On 5/3/2019 at 4:45 PM, chilistudios said:

I respect your opinion but see, the leapster is pretty fascinating to me.

 

I'm interested. My son had one when he was younger. Still have it in storage for him. It was his first console.

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Anytime a piece of old tech can successfully be repurposed, it's worth talking about. Especially when the idea is completely outside of the original intended function or makes the tech more of a curiosity. I hope you make progress with this and share it with us :) Should be cool if it's doable.

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If a quality leapster homebrew game was released on cart for a fair price I'd probably buy one.

 

This is the consolized version you can plug into your TV. My son had this one first and then

the handheld. Most games are compatible with both units :)

 

LeapFrog Leapster TV Learning System, Electronics for Kids - Amazon Canada

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