Fullscreen Retro Gaming Handheld

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If it’s possible to punch a hole in an LCD screen (like smartphones do to accommodate cameras), then several holes can be made to allow physical game controls to peek through a display.

This approach could be done for smartphones or next-gen gaming handhelds (PS Vita 2?), but personally I would be happy if this was a dedicated retro gaming handheld, of which there has been an explosion of new models this past year.

AtGames SEGA Handheld Redesign

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There have been several iterations of this SEGA handheld released by AtGames over the years, and I always thought they looked soooo close to resembling the Dreamcasts’s VMU device. Thought I’d post a mockup.

These handhelds are decent for the price. They have a good screen, rechargeable battery via USB, some built-in games, and an SD card slot so you can add some more games. I never pulled the trigger on one because of their well-known sound issues.

However if they did release a VMU or Game Gear-styled version, that may be enough for me to buy one.

NEO GEO Classic Console

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Last week SNK teased a new NEO GEO console, which may be similar to the NES/SNES Classic Minis, however their teaser image implies something a lot bigger (going by the arcade stick shape), it could even be a Bartop Arcade Cabinet.

If they did follow Nintendo’s formula it would be two controller pads and a mini console, something like the concept I posted here. For the controllers I was inspired by the ones that came with the Sega Saturn. I would prefer a D-Pad but SNK likes their thumb sticks so I kept them here.

For the console, I enlisted an MVS cartridge, which are the cartridges used by the NEO GEO arcade cabinets. The label folds down to reveal access to the controller ports and power/reset buttons.

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The graphics on the control panel and flap were inspired by the NEO GEO arcade cabinet. The front flap was inspired by the Super Retro Trio Plus console.

Because the console is a cartridge, it can be stored in a case. Which reminds me of a few designs I posted last year.

I’m looking forward to whatever SNK does end up releasing. Their 90’s home consoles and games were very expensive, even by today’s standards. A budget system that features many of their hits would be a must-have for many gamers, myself included.