An emulated SEGA Megadrive handheld is getting a big update with a new Mortal Kombat edition and the option of save states…but what are they?
The SEGA Megadrive* Ultimate Portable Game Player is a great little hand held device that allows you to play any one of the games for the console whilst you’re on the move or just sitting in your own home!
The device may only have a 3.2″ LCD screen but it fits the purpose brilliantly. The Game Player is such a handy little size and fits perfectly into a pocket. The only real letdown is that the device is running the SEGA console in an emulated form and sometimes the sound does suffer because of this.
I bought one as a present for my other half and she loves it. I have been able to locate the ROMs (contents of a game cartridge dumped into a single file) of her favorite games and copy them onto a SD card which slots into the top.
The only downside, as with the original Megadrive back in the day, was the fact that you can’t save the games at any point. Originally some games released a password every time you completed a level for convenience. Others required you sit there for however long it takes to complete the game in one sitting.
Unfortunately in today’s world, people don’t want to play for that long. The solution, save states! This means that whilst you are playing a game you can effectively pause the game and that information is saved to a file on the SD card allowing you to turn off the hand held. Then you can continue playing from where you paused at a later time.
If your not so au fait with the grey area of obtaining ROM images don’t worry as the handheld comes with eighty classic titles already built into the hand held itself.
As you can see this is the Mortal Kombat edition so, unsurprisingly, the hand held contains the first three games in the series that were converted to the SEGA console.
For more details including the full list of games included on the hand held, check out the Fun Stock Retro shopping site where the device will go on sale soon for £49.99.
*Or Genesis as it was called in the United States.