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Fazoor (OP)

Smallest device with buttons and emulation support
« on: June 03, 2013, 10:49:48 am »
I'm looking for compact device with buttons (D-pad, start, select, and few more buttons to play), and support emulation. At least NES, but better if there more (SMD, GB).

All sorts of "game players with 112 built in games" does not count.

Smallest I could find - 2.8inch Screen DV MP4 MP5 Game Player.

If you know similar compact devices - please share.

bamboori

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Re: Smallest device with buttons and emulation support
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2013, 02:53:06 pm »
those things only play nes (and gameboy with a little luck, they have different firmwares). also suffers a bit from weird button mapping if i remember correctly.

you could get this one if you dare at least to screw it open once:
http://boards.dingoonity.org/spmp8000-devices/nice-looking-mp5-player/
apart from snes no games go over 100% speed.

or you could wait until i or someone else gets this one:
http://www.lightinthebox.com/hot-sale-2-8-inch-mp5-player-with-32bit-game-with-camera_p425700.html?pos=ultimately_buy_5

but if you want to get the one you showed anyway i suggest everbuying. about $25 for the 8gb model there.

SNESFAN

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Re: Smallest device with buttons and emulation support
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2013, 03:04:04 pm »
I am still angry about the canceled game gadget keychain. That would have been awesome.

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Re: Smallest device with buttons and emulation support
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2013, 03:28:44 pm »
never seen that o:
but yeah, actually ive been searching for keychain sized emulation handhelds or slightly larger too, but didnt find anything yet ): only option i saw yet was to buy an android watch (super expensive, about 180 at least) and get a bluetooth controller and external battery.
or we could start a kickstarter/indiegogo project :p

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Re: Smallest device with buttons and emulation support
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2013, 03:38:43 pm »
I'll see if I can't find the video, it was pretty much all you could want

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Re: Smallest device with buttons and emulation support
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2013, 05:11:25 pm »
I would just get a Gameboy Micro and put homebrew on it:

* Cologne (ColecoVision emulator)
   - http://www.ndsretro.com/gbadown.html
   - http://www.pocketheaven.com/ph/boards/viewforum.php?f=34
   - http://kuwanger.net/gba/cologne/
   - http://pdroms.de/files/gameboyadvance/cologne-v0-8
* GBA Frotz (Infocom IF interpreter)
   - http://www.pocketheaven.com/ph/gbafan/interpreters.html
   - http://gbaemu.dcemu.co.uk/gbafrotz.shtml
   - http://inform7.com/extensions/S%20John%20Ross/Helpers%20for%20GBA%20Frotz/doc_0.html
   - http://www.scdev.org/forum/index.php?topic=2162.0
* GBAGI (the closest you'll get to ScummVM on the GBA)
   - http://web.archive.org/web/20090208042916/http://bripro.com/gbagi/index.php?page=download
   - http://www.pocketheaven.com/ph/gbafan/interpreters.html
   - http://gbaemu.dcemu.co.uk/gbagi.shtml
   - http://gbadev.org/index.php?showinfo=1109
   - http://gbadev.org/index.php?showinfo=947
* Goomba Color (GBC emulator)
   - http://www.dwedit.org/gba/goombacolor.php
   - http://www.pocketheaven.com/ph/wiki/index.php?title=Goomba_Color
   - http://www.pocketheaven.com/ph/gbafan/game_boy_color.html
   - http://gbatemp.net/topic/68385-best-gba-homebrew/
   - http://pdroms.de/files/gameboyadvance/goomba-color-31-03-2008
* GreenBoy (Green Beret / Rush'n Attack emulator)
   - http://www.ndsretro.com/gbadown.html
   - http://www.pocketheaven.com/ph/boards/viewforum.php?f=34
   - http://gbax.gp2x.de/gbax2005.html
* MSXAdvance (MSX emulator)
   - http://www.ndsretro.com/gbadown.html
   - http://www.pocketheaven.com/ph/boards/viewforum.php?f=34
* PCEAdvance (TurboGrafx-16 emulator)
   - http://www.ndsretro.com/gbadown.html
   - http://www.pocketheaven.com/ph/wiki/index.php?title=PCEAdvance
   - http://www.pocketheaven.com/ph/boards/viewforum.php?f=25
   - http://www.pocketheaven.com/ph/gbafan/pcengine.html
   - http://gbax.gp2x.de/gbax2003.html
   - http://gbax.gp2x.de/gbax2004.html
* PocketBeeb (BBC Micro emulator; play Repton 3)
   - https://sites.google.com/site/gbaremakes/home/emulation
   - http://www.geocities.ws/quirky_2k1/emulation/index.html
   - http://www.pocketheaven.com/ph/gbafan/bbc_micro.html
   - http://www.retrogamer.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1702&start=15
   - http://pdroms.de/files/gameboyadvance/pocket-beeb-v1-01
* PocketNES (NES emulator)
   - http://www.pocketnes.org/
   - http://www.ndsretro.com/gbadown.html
   - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PocketNES
   - http://www.pocketheaven.com/ph/wiki/index.php?title=Category:PocketNES
   - http://www.pocketheaven.com/ph/boards/viewforum.php?f=21
   - http://www.pocketheaven.com/ph/gbafan/nes.html
   - http://www.rllmukforum.com/index.php?/topic/124352-gba-homebrew-software/
   - http://gbatemp.net/topic/68385-best-gba-homebrew/
   - http://gbatemp.net/topic/67472-favorite-gba-homebrew/
   - http://pdroms.de/files/gameboyadvance/pocketnes-18-03-2008
* rGBArcade (Renegade emulator)
   - http://www.pocketheaven.com/ph/gbafan/arcade.html
   - http://gbax.gp2x.de/gbax2004.html
   - http://gbaemu.dcemu.co.uk/rgbarcade.shtml
   - http://www.digitpress.com/forum/showthread.php?33711-RGBarcade-Your-Game-Boy-Advance-s-best-friend
* SMSAdvance (SMS emulator; better than DrSMS)
   - http://www.ndsretro.com/gbadown.html
   - http://www.pocketheaven.com/ph/boards/viewforum.php?f=40
   - http://www.pocketheaven.com/ph/gbafan/sms.html
   - http://pdroms.de/files/gameboyadvance/sms-advance-v2-5
* Snezziboy (SNES emulator; based on SNESAdvance, but scales to fit GBA screen)
   - http://www.pocketheaven.com/ph/wiki/index.php?title=Snezziboy
   - http://www.pocketheaven.com/ph/wiki/index.php?title=Snezziboy_Compatibility_List
   - http://www.pocketheaven.com/ph/boards/viewforum.php?f=41
   - http://gbatemp.net/topic/67472-favorite-gba-homebrew/
* TI83 Emulator
   - http://www.dwedit.org/dwedit_board/viewtopic.php?pid=1978
   - http://www.maxcoderz.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2408&start=15
   - http://gbatemp.net/topic/67472-favorite-gba-homebrew/
   - http://pdroms.de/files/gameboyadvance/ti83-emu-v0-01
* ZXAdvance (ZX Spectrum emulator)
   - http://www.pocketheaven.com/ph/gbafan/zx_spectrum.html
   - http://gbax.gp2x.de/gbax2003.html
   - http://www.gamershell.com/articles/475.html
   - http://gbaemu.dcemu.co.uk/zxadvance.shtml
   - http://www.rllmukforum.com/index.php?/topic/124352-gba-homebrew-software/
   - http://pdroms.de/files/gameboyadvance/zxadvance-v1-0-1

There, I think I've covered pretty much all of the emulators for the GBA, but there are tons of other great homebrew for this platform, such as Elite AGB (https://sites.google.com/site/gbaremakes/home/games/eliteagb -- the most portable Elite ever!) and Out of this World / Another World (http://www.foxysofts.com/?l=content/gba/anworld.inc).

It may be more than what you bargained for though, because a lot of text on the Micro will be too small to read for extended playing.
« Last Edit: June 03, 2013, 05:35:09 pm by 10basetom »

slaanesh

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Smallest device with buttons and emulation support
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2013, 01:08:29 am »
The biggest problem with a GBA is you need a flash card.
The Dingoo A320 is only a little bigger and much more capable.

naxeras

Re: Smallest device with buttons and emulation support
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2013, 11:06:27 am »
The biggest problem with a GBA is you need a flash card.
The Dingoo A320 is only a little bigger and much more capable.

I have the two consoles.

A flascart for GBA micro is very cheap about 25 for ezflash IV or about 10 for supercard.

Dingoo itis a little big compared with GBA micro, but dingoo emulates more systems, for example Megadrive/genesis with lion emulator are incredible.

The worst in dingoo is the problem with the full screen scaling of GBA emulator that arruins color palletes and aspect ratio.


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Re: Smallest device with buttons and emulation support
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2013, 05:14:11 pm »
There are a number of devices with a similar form factor to what Fazoor posted, but most are "no name". The only one I've seen where the manufacturer was proud enough of their work to put their brand name on it was the JXD 100. Reviews are generally favorable, but finding it new these days might be difficult. Some sellers on alibaba claim to still have it in stock, but will want bulk orders.
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Re: Smallest device with buttons and emulation support
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2013, 07:46:09 am »
That's quite an impressive list of emulators for the GBA!

Dingoo A320 still gets my vote as the most "complete" and portable device. There are so many awesome emulators out there. And I'm hardly ever using Dingux on it as the native OS alone offers so many great opportunities.
« Last Edit: November 07, 2013, 07:49:34 am by Losk »

ken91turbo

Re: Smallest device with buttons and emulation support
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2013, 07:37:08 pm »
I believe it would be hard to beat a PSP or PSPGO. Not only can it run tons of emulators and PC games, but also Playstation 1 and PSP games, giving you a huge library. You can surf the net and stream audio with it's built in WIFI. You can connect several PSPs together for multi-player games.
 You can hack a PSP within minutes by just transferring a couple files to the memory card. Speaking of memory, you can have 32gb on a PSPGO, and up to 64gb on a regular PSP (that's a lot of storage for music, videos, and games).
The PSPGO has bluetooth and video out so you can play hooked up to a big screen TV and control it wirelessly from across the room with a PS3 controller.
One last thing, you will have a product made by SONY, so it's a quality product.
I have just scratched the surface of what a PSP can do. If anyone has any questions on hacking a PSP or anything else PSP related, you need only to ask.
« Last Edit: November 07, 2013, 09:19:13 pm by ken91turbo »

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Re: Smallest device with buttons and emulation support
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2014, 09:15:58 pm »
There are a number of devices with a similar form factor to what Fazoor posted, but most are "no name". The only one I've seen where the manufacturer was proud enough of their work to put their brand name on it was the JXD 100. Reviews are generally favorable, but finding it new these days might be difficult. Some sellers on alibaba claim to still have it in stock, but will want bulk orders.

Sorry, this is an older thread but I wanted to post my experience with the JXD 100. I thought for the price and size it was great. I had a lot of fun with it. It had some issues such as saving the game state on GameBoy games didn't work (which is too bad since I really wanted that feature to work) but most of the other emulator game states worked. It was sluggish with a few Genesis games but most played quite well. SNES games were mostly too sluggish and there weren't enough buttons to really play those games well. A few SNES games were fine, though.

My biggest disappointment with it, though, was that the battery life was terrible. I thought that if they just bumped the specs up just a little (so SNES ran good), added a couple more buttons and increased the battery life that it'd be the perfect little portable emulator. I would love for JXD to release another version of this.
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Re: Smallest device with buttons and emulation support
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2014, 10:55:35 pm »
I have the JXD100 too. Nice little device.......fits nicely in the shirt pocket. Make sure all your GameBoy + GameBoy color ROMS have the .gbc extension. You should be able to save then.

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Re: Smallest device with buttons and emulation support
« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2014, 03:32:05 pm »
I would love for JXD to release another version of this.

Not likely to happen, it's all about the Android tablets now... But Android smart watches are also becoming more popular lately. Remember those Nelsonic video game wristwatches from the 1980s? Make an Android watch with similar design (face buttons, mini joystick), and we'd have a new contender for "Smallest device with buttons and emulation support".

Hey JXD/GPD/Archos/whoever, you guys listening? This is the next big (or little) thing, right here!  ;D
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Re: Smallest device with buttons and emulation support
« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2014, 08:15:05 pm »
Wrong thread!
« Last Edit: February 27, 2014, 08:24:33 pm by lemmywinks »
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