Analog Pocket Can Now Play Super Nintendo Games

The Analogue Pocket handheld running a Super Nintendo core.

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Scalability was one of the best features promised when Analogue first announced its Pocket portable end of 2019, with an additional FPGA that developers could use to turn the handheld into other consoles, which now includes Super Nintendothanks to very simple updates.

The other nifty trick of the Analogue Pocket is its ability to accommodate original game cartridges from classic hardware like the Game Boy and Game Boy Advance. (or others like Sega gaming equipment through the use of cartridge adapters). This approach appeals to gamers who want access to older save data, but carrying around a handful of game carts seems so antiquated at this point, and there’s really no way console cartridges like the SNES can ever fit comfortably in the analog pocket. . The new handheld unofficial SNES kernel solves this problem, too.

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Russ Crandall, who runs the Retro Game Corps YouTube Channel and website (and who also happens to be a New York Times Bestselling Cookbook Author), recently shared a video of the Analogue Pocket playing SNES games, and while not all of the handheld’s features are available when playing these classic 16-bit titles, the gameplay looks near perfect. and no physical cartridge is needed.

You’ll want to head to Crandall’s Retro Game Corps website where there is a page dedicated to adding support for other consoles to the Analogue Pocket using its openFPGA platform. The first step is to make sure your Pocket is updated to firmware v1.1 Or more recent, which will give your unit openFPGA capabilities. Ffrom there, it’s as simple as download kernel MiSTer Super Nintendo (MiSTer is an open source project that strives to accurately replicate retro console gameplay through FPGAs), which was ported to the Pocket by the developer agg23then copying a bunch of files to the handheld’s microSD card.

The Retro Game Corps Tutorial will guide you through all the steps in detail, including instructions on where you should copy the ROM game files to the microSD card. These are not provided by Analogue, nor by this developer – that’s up to you. By default, games run slightly stretched in native SNES 8:7 aspect ratiobut changing to 4:3 aspect ratio you probably used as a child is as easy as editing text from a single file. From our own tests, gameplay is incredibly solid and SNES games look great on the Pocket screen, but you don’t get access to the handheld fancy screen filters which can simulate the look of retro hardware, and you also can’t take advantage of instant save states (in-game save works just fine). Jit pocket too cannot be temporarily suspended while playing SNES titles.

The Retro Game Body’ The Analogue Pocket guide also includes step-by-step tutorials for installing other openFPGA cores, such as Sega consoles, the Neo Geo, as well as alternatives to native Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and GBA support. , for those who don’t have one. I don’t want to carry cartridges everywhere and don’t worry about the trade-off of missing out on some of the Analogue Pocket’s most advanced and convenient features.

Timothy C. Mayo