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It's true there's not much comparison with GameBoy, I was just pointing out that $150 isn't all that much money nowadays. GameBoy was a mass market toy with lots of kid appeal and licensed names. This is more indie art scene, like a game at SXSW.

 

EDGE magazine doesn't really do online, they're very oldschool that way. I read it in Apple News+ myself. I guess one could get a paper copy thru https://twitter.com/edgeonline/status/1131493752122630145

 

If you can look past the "Apple hipster" scene, this podcast is like the audio version of the EDGE article, featuring the delightful Cabel Sasser. As has been said, probably not for everyone but a good window into Panic's process. https://daringfireball.net/thetalkshow/2019/05/30/ep-252

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I guess they're talking about the STM32F7 in the podcast, lol, the same SoC that 32Blit uses.
I find all consoles and tech interesting.. especially their development!

Thanks for the info.

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In yellow, no less

 

Yellow is Sunshine

 

The mission to track down a yellow Arduboy was underway, I had not kept any of the original production batch so I had to find one online and buy it from someone who had still kept theirs! The color is really striking and makes it feel fun.

At least they also posted a shoutout to their obvious inspiration.

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It's true there's not much comparison with GameBoy, I was just pointing out that $150 isn't all that much money nowadays.

 

Indeed- if you started saving now, 10 bucks a week would have you with enough money to do the pre-order by October. It's not a stretch.

 

And then there's this... didn't take long. lol

 

https://community.arduboy.com/t/arduboy-crank-mod/7785

 

My main takeaway from this was 'someone's making a way for my Arduboy to have multiple games' and I'm super into that :-D

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The Arduboy crank reminds me of a barrel organ. Obligatory Mouth and MacNeal reference:

 

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oh good.. a crank handheld system for hipsters and now one for the rest lol

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It's true there's not much comparison with GameBoy, I was just pointing out that $150 isn't all that much money nowadays

 

 

well 150 bucks can get you a 1 trick toy, or a 3d printer, its still a chunk of money if you choose to piss it away

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This is very lightly related, but my daughter has yet again been watching Pokemon based in the 3DS (Ultra Sun/Moon) Alola region anime again on Netflix and something caught my eye, had to bring it here when I saw this post wake up again.  Someone on staff when that was being made seemingly had the same ideas as this guy years earlier, or perhaps they got the idea from there and ran with it (or a huge coincidence.)

 

Sophocles from the cartoon looks like this.  See something similar? :D  Maybe I'm reading too much and it's a link cable, yet no 2nd 8bit gameboy?

sophocles.png

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Well Nintendo owns gameboy, and mostly Pokemon, so no real surprise a Pokemon character might have a Nintendo console as a pattern. Most Pokemon games have a Nintendo console in your player home after all.

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21 minutes ago, Video said:

Well Nintendo owns gameboy, and mostly Pokemon, so no real surprise a Pokemon character might have a Nintendo console as a pattern. Most Pokemon games have a Nintendo console in your player home after all.

I know I was just pointing out how much it looked like the Playdate and the timing lines up pretty closely too.  Two button system, d-pad, crank.

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Thanks to this topic I found out about Teenage Engineering and resulted in spending hundreds of euros on their synths, just what I needed :D

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No new updates in a while. I hope it still comes out this year.

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I wonder how many single player only consoles with interchangeable cartridges have been released.

 

The Playdate will not be the first one, as several terrible Game Boy competitors in the early 90s, such as the Gamate, didn't feature multiplayer, but it surely be the first single player console in more than 20 years... even the Gizmondo had multiplayer.

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5 hours ago, IntelliMission said:

I wonder how many single player only consoles with interchangeable cartridges have been released.

 

The Playdate will not be the first one, as several terrible Game Boy competitors in the early 90s, such as the Gamate, didn't feature multiplayer, but it surely be the first single player console in more than 20 years... even the Gizmondo had multiplayer.

Until the Switch I never really thought much about multiplayer on handheld consoles. The occasional hook up and trade pokemon, or the occasional game on NDS.

 

Emphasis on massive multiplayer for a handheld that is very niche/unique/weird would probably mean it would do even less than what it already will. 

 

If you want multiplayer on a handheld you need to buy a Switch. You can get a bunch of cheap multiplayer games that don't require more than one joycon.

 

3 minutes ago, jgkspsx said:

This doesn’t have cartridges.

And what this guy said. Playdate is digital. I think every console also being a dev kit is cool.

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I meant interchangeable games, of course.

 

And no, I never said I wanted multiplayer for a handheld. I only said it was interesting that no game will have multiplayer, that's all.

 

Maybe comparing the Playdate to the Gizmondo was not a good idea after all, but I was trying to highlight how original was to totally discard multiplayer. But maybe they add some multiplayer game later, who knows.

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