WHAT IS THE EVERCADE AND WHAT I THINK THEY ARE DOING WRONG?

WHAT IS THE EVERCADE AND WHAT I THINK THEY ARE DOING WRONG?

WHAT IS THE EVERCADE AND WHAT I THINK THEY ARE DOING WRONG?
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The announcement of new retro gaming consoles always makes me excited, the Analog Super Nt, Mega SG, Hyperkin Retron, Super Retron, Super Retro-cade, and many others got me hyped. Now there is a new handheld console and they are calling it the EverCade.

What is the EverCade?

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“EVERCADE IS A BRAND NEW HANDHELD GAME CONSOLE WITH UNIQUE MULTI-GAME RETRO CARTRIDGES FROM LEADING GAMES PUBLISHERS AND CONSOLE PLATFORMS”. Well that is at least how they call it on their website and my interest is peak but let’s go more in depth.

The Evercade Design

Personally, I like the design of the Evercade because it has a retro feel and looks like a handheld that would have been released in the 80s or 90s. It is an off white color and red accents. It has a large rubbered D-pad on the left of the console and a menu button. On the front right of the console is your normal X, Y, A, and B action button layout. Maybe it’s just me but the action button font kind of reminds me of the OUYA and I hope this isn’t a sign. Also on the right of the console, you will notice there is a start and select button. The Evercade has two front-facing speakers and they are located on either side. At the button of the console, you have the volume rocker, headphone jack and a micro USB for charge. Not sure why in 2019 we are still going with Micro USB instead of type C but that is what they gave us and we are just going to have to accept it. On top of the system is two shoulder buttons, the power button and honestly not sure what the black little switch is.

Evercade Specs

To tell you the truth there really isn’t much information on the Evercade’s specifications so besides that is can handle 8bit and 16bit games. The handheld connects to your tv via HDMI, there is no internet required so does that mean there’s no WIFI at all?, the game library will apparently continue to grow and I have seen this by following their InstaGram. There is going to be a save progress option which has become standard in these retro-clone systems, all games are officially licensed and there is going to be some sort of exclusive collectible elements which I’m curious to see what this could be.


Confirmed Publishers

So far there are just a few publishers on board with the Evercade but there are more to be announced in the near future and If you like to keep informed follow me on Twitter where I will post updates. So far we have Atari which is no surprise, Namco (another shocker), Interplay and Data East. Let me know in the comments if this is a surprise to you and which one of these you are excited about.

Now the Evercade Game List

Now on to what really matters, the games and following there InstaGram I have noticed this list continues to grow. Being an active retro gamer and collector I am happy to see a lot of these games coming to the Evercade on a multi-cartridge but I think they are missing a good opportunity here which I will get into at the end of this post.

The Namco Museum

  • Galaxian
  • Pac-Man
  • Xevious
  • Mappy
  • Mappy Kids
  • DigDug
  • Star Juster
  • Battle Cars
  • Metal Marines
  • Libble Rabble
  • Quad Challenge

Namco Museum Collection 2

  • Galaga
  • Druaga
  • Warpman
  • Burning Force
  • Pac-Attack
  • Dragon Spirit (Which I’m excited to see in this list)
  • Phelious (Another good one)
  • Weapon Lord (which I haven’t played)
  • Splatterhouse 2
  • Splatter House 3 (Where is one?)

Interplay Collection 1

  • Clay Fighter
  • Earth Worm Jim (Really Game)
  • Battle Chess
  • BoogerMan (which I have never played)
  • Incantation (another I have never played)
  • Titan

Interplay Collection 2

  • Claymates
  • Earth Worm Jim 2
  • Clayfighters 2
  • The Adventures of Rad Gravity
  • Prehistoric Man (New to me)
  • The Brainies
  • Super Castles

Data East Collection 1

  • Bad Dudes (Amazing Game)
  • Burger Time (Another Classic)
  • Fighter’s History
  • Midnight Resistance (Sounds Good)
  • Burnin’ Rubber (Bump & Jump)
  • Karate Champ ( Another Classic)
  • Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropic ( A Game I never finished)
  • Side Pocket ( A Game I could have done without)
  • Magical Drop 2
  • Two Crude Dudes
  • Bad Crude Dudes

Atari Collection 1

  • Centipede
  • Missile Command
  • Alien Brigade
  • Adventure
  • Ninja Golf
  • Food Fight
  • Motor Psycho
  • Crystal Castles
  • Desert Falcon
  • Tempest (Great Arcade Game)
  • Asteroids (Haven’t we saw enough of this)
  • Canyon Bomber
  • Gravitar
  • Double Dunk
  • Steeplechase
  • Video Pinball
  • Night Driver
  • Aquaventure
  • Swordquest Earthworld
  • Yars Return

Atari Collection 2

  • Asteroids (7800)
  • Yars’ Revenge (2600)
  • Millipede (2600)
  • Basketbrawl (7800)
  • Centipede (7800)
  • Solaris (2600)
  • Sprintermaster (2600)
  • Submarine Commander (2600)
  • Haunted House (2600)
  • Planet Smashers (7800)
  • Bowling (2600)
  • Desert Falcon (7800)
  • Radar Lock (2600)
  • Human Cannonball (2600)
  • Street Racer (2600)
  • Realsports Tennis (2600)
  • Dark Chambers (2600)
  • Wizard (2600)
  • Demons to Diamonds (2600)

What Evercade Is Doing Wrong?

Well, that is the line-up for the Evercade and don’t get me wrong being a retro gamer I am excited and still will be picking up the Evercade even if this is all they have to offer. However, there is so much more they can do with this system and just releasing retro games that we can get on a multitude of systems isn’t enough for me and I’m sure I’m not the only one. There is an opportunity here for the makers of the Evercade to tap into a market that is popular right now and that is the digital to physical gaming market. There are companies such as Limited Run Games, East Asia Soft, and Strictly Limited Games that release our favorite digital games in the physical form.

There is a long list of digital games I would love to see released on physical cartridge with a well-designed packaging and make it to the Evercade. There are so many good indie games or 2d platformers that I backed on Kickstarter that deserve a physical release and think of all the Special Editions that Evercade could release.

Some Digital Games I like to see on the Evercade!

The first game I’d like to see released physically on the Evercade is Micro Mages which is a game that I backed in a Kickstarter and got a digital copy on steam. Now as a backer of Micro Mages I will at some point be receiving my physical NES cart but I would love to see this game make it to the Evercade and on a cartridge.

I’d also like to see the Android Official Stanger Things game release on the Evercade, this is a game that I believed was so good I would have loved to see it ported to the SNES but a release on a new handheld console would be the next best thing and what better console then the Evercade.

Alwa's Awakening

Alwa’s Awakening an 8bit 2d platformer would be perfect on the Evercade and I believe this game never saw a physical release which is a perfect opportunity for Evercade to finally give it the release it deserves. This game will be featured on an Episode of We Play so if you’re interested in see gameplay don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the We Deem Channel!

The last game I want to mention is Bushiden which is futuristic Ninja platformer that is still in development and I backed the Kickstarter. Now Bushiden isn’t going to see a physical release which is sad in my opinion and I would love to see the makers of the Evercade make it happen.

Final Thoughts

As you can see there is a big opportunity here for the Evercade to bring some of these really good games to the physical cart that never seen a physical release and to date still remain digital. Now I don’t know the specs of the Evercade as I mentioned at the beginning of this post so I’m not sure what it can handle but I’m sure it will be able to handheld any 8bit and 16bit games. A new handheld console that takes cartridges in 2019 is definitely what I have been hoping for and am excited about the retro gaming releases but I’d like to finally see some of these digital 2d platformers get a proper release on a cartridge. If this is not the direction Evercade is planning on going in then hopefully someone else will take notes here and pursue what I believe is a great opportunity to capitalize on the digital to physical niche.

There are so many digital games I would love to see get a physical release on the Evercade — I will be writing a detailed list with bios for the games above and more — Don’t forget to bookmark or follow me on the social media of your choice to be informed of the post being uploaded. |Twitter|Facebook|Tumblr|InstaGram|

Also let me know below if you agree that Evercade should release some digital games physical and what games you would like to see in the comments below.

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18 Comments

Ann Posted on2:42 am - Jun 13, 2019

Hi,

I’m not an avid fan of retro games like you are but I have played some retro games by indie companies. You may know “To the Moon” which is of retro design and I liked the fact that the story dominated the graphics which is kind of refreshing. 

Regarding your opinion on the Evercade, I couldn’t really see what you find wrong about it? Were you indicating that it didn’t have enough games on it? Or is it something to do with the system? I can’t exactly pinpoint what you find wrong with it. But otherwise, I like the fact that the Evercade have some games I used to play with like Pac-man.

    Salvatore Jenkins Jr Posted on2:15 am - Jun 14, 2019

    I was just pointing out that the Evercade is doing something that has been done over and over again. Putting out games that have made it on so many clone consoles nowadays and it would be nice to see a handheld that releases some digital games onto physical cartridges!

Chad Smith Posted on2:57 am - Jun 13, 2019

I think you are spot on with your analysis of what they are doing wrong. I know I would be much more interested if it was bringing something new to the table. These games, while many are great, are not anything proprietary to this system. Again, the lineup of games is impressive and the design looks sleek, but I’ need something more to invest personally. Do you have any information you can share on some of the Kickstarter campaigns and how to support them? Maybe petitioning the makers of Evercade would help push them into that direction. 

    Salvatore Jenkins Jr Posted on2:12 am - Jun 14, 2019

    Pretty sure there isn’t a Kickstarter… First got introduced to the Evercade from RGT85 on Youtube and now I am following the Evercare on different social media. I have tagged them in some of my posts and I hope to see some digital releases put on a physical cart for the Evercade. It would also be nice to see some games exclusive to the Evercade…  Who knows, we will see!

Andy Zeus Anderson Posted on3:00 am - Jun 13, 2019

I would also like to see Q-Bert and Joust make it to the system, it looks cool but maybe a little lame if you have to cord it to the TV instead of WiFi or Blue Tooth. Just because the games are retro doesn’t mean the handset has to be and we can all do with fewer cords and cables in our lives. Thanks for a great review, you might have saved me a few bucks this Christmas as I now know what to look for Q and A wise.

    Salvatore Jenkins Jr Posted on12:55 am - Jun 14, 2019

    I agree I would love to see Q-Bert which sadly I have never played before but it has always been on the list of games to play and Joust is a great game which I have played a little of on a Raspberry Pi. Personally, I like the design of the Evercade but in 2019 I think the design team could have when with a retro-inspired modern design!

    Look forward to hearing your valuable opinion in future discussions!

Mike Posted on2:18 am - Jun 19, 2019

Dig Dug and Missle Command almost makes the purchase of the Evercade worth it in and of itself.  Nothing like retro games!  The beginning game list looks like some good options and it is good to know the list will continue to expand.  Though I was selective about what I played back in the day, maybe the memory makes it seem more fond.  

The screen size looks like it might be the same size as a PSP, which is not a bad size for the handheld.  But I think if i wanted to play games on the big screen, I would rather have a wifi connection than the HDMI.  That seems to truly make it retro.  

    Salvatore Jenkins Jr Posted on11:56 pm - Jun 20, 2019

    I agree Dig Dug and Missle Command does make the purchase of the Evercade Worth it. It is the size of the PSP which is a pretty good size for a handheld and personally, I have no interest in hooking a handheld to my HD TV but I guess it nice to have the option.

Mariana Posted on2:44 am - Jun 19, 2019

Hi Sal, 

Great review, I didn’t know about the evercade, I haven’t heard about it before, but I guess that’s because it’s kind of new and hasn’t been officially released yet and available to purchase.

It seems like that is great idea idea to bring back the nostalgia from the 8-bit and 16-bit games and maybe introduce younger gamers to this kind of games. I am not a very big fan of videogames, but I understand why you and so many others want to see new recent games in this kind of format, and from my point of view, it is probably an interesting thing to see. Do you think it will do well on the market with just retro games?

Best, 

Mariana

    Salvatore Jenkins Jr Posted on10:44 pm - Jun 20, 2019

    I believe it will still do well on the market but if it wants to be a success it will need to step its game up. I just would like to see more from a concept like this. The market is flooded with all sorts of clone consoles that do this very thing. The only thing that sets this aside from other clone consoles is it uses cartridges vs the game being built in or on an sd card. Give me physical releases of indie games, give me exclusive titles and give me something I can’t get anywhere else. They have something here but it needs a little more and some more brainstorming!

nasrin19 Posted on11:15 am - Jun 20, 2019

Thanks for a great review, You may know “To the Moon” which is of retro design and I liked the fact that the story dominated the graphics which is kind of refreshing. These games, while many are great, are not anything proprietary to this system. Again, the lineup of games is impressive and the design looks sleek, but I need something more to invest personally. Do you have any information you can share on some of the Kickstarter campaigns and how to support them? Regarding your opinion on the Evercare, I couldn’t really see what you find wrong about it?

I really enjoyed your article- it is very helpful. Have a nice day.

    Salvatore Jenkins Jr Posted on10:38 pm - Jun 20, 2019

    Honestly, I never played “To the Moon”… Just never been into RPGs but I think I might just check this one out!

    The Evercade is just the clone console I have been waiting for and I would say anything they are doing is wrong but I think they are not tapping into a niche market a cartridge base retro systems should be in 2019. It nice to have options to play your favorite retro games but it’s a little overkill and a system like this need something more.

    I think the Evercade needs to start thinking about approaching some of these India game developers and take their digital games and make them physical. This is at least what I would like to see from a new cartridge based system in the present time and I’m sure I am not alone. Think about how cool it also would be for the Evercade to have exclusive Indie platformers or shmups you can only get on the Evercade!

Akshay Posted on7:27 pm - Jun 21, 2019

That’s an awesome review. I’ve heard about evercade games but never really played them, so I was looking for more information about them and surprisingly I get to read your post. 

Your analysis about evercade is in depth and unbiased. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and noted some interesting pointers. I’ll be on touch with you when I start using them. 

Thanks a lot for sharing this useful review. 

    Salvatore Jenkins Jr Posted on3:33 am - Jun 24, 2019

    No problems… I wrote the post because I am interested in others opinions on what games should be on the Evercade and I was hoping to shed the light on a market that the creators of the Evercade are complete ignoring.

    So Evercade, if you are paying attention take a look at some indie games / digital games that deserve a physical and make it happen!

Abbas Posted on10:23 am - Jun 22, 2019

Thanks for your review on Evercade and what you believe they are doing wrong.  I couldnt agree with you more. It just seems they missing such a huge opportunity to give a platform for the thousands and millions of digital games out there.  Im not sure is they are just trying to make their life easier by going with established companies. The world is moving to redistribution and broad sharing away from centralisation. Such a pity as the product looks great. Lets hope someone there gets an aha moment.

    Salvatore Jenkins Jr Posted on3:30 am - Jun 24, 2019

    Personally, I think if they connect with the developers of these digital/indie games that would be extremely excited to see their games physically on a handheld system… I just don’t understand why the company behind Evercade hasn’t seen this and look at the success that Limited Run is having… There are so many Digital Games that aren’t physical that deserve a physical release and what better system then a handheld! Think of the limited editions and special edition releases they could put out and all the excitement from the gaming community they could stirrup! It’s a market they are forgetting..

NSOH ALIEH LAURINE Posted on8:09 pm - Jun 23, 2019

Was wondering. Is there no forum whereby the creators of a newly released game would allow the users/players the opportunity to comment and make recommendations for future updates?

Most android phones, for instance, have this forum, and they go as far as making users vote for the features they would love to see added to their devices, as well as the prices they are willing to pay.

I can see that you really have some recommendation tips, which could actually increase the competitive edge of the game creators who take them seriously.

    Salvatore Jenkins Jr Posted on3:22 am - Jun 24, 2019

    Unfortunately, There is no forum or suggestion box on their website but there should be. I think it is always nice to be able to relive some of my favorite retro games on different platforms but I am ready for some different, some retro but also modern! As I said there is a niche that nobody is tapping into, Limited Run Games has done a little of it but their games are put on commercial systems but Id like to see some digital/indie games end up on an exclusive system like the Evercade!