What is it?
It's a modern rendition of the classic Colecovision. It has a cartridge port and will play all of the original cartridge games. In addition, it has an SD card slot and can run Colecovision ROM files. It also has an Atari 2600 core to run Atari ROMs. Real Colecovision controllers work with it, and it also has a Super Nintendo socket to use a SNES gamepad. And it has HDMI output for use on modern TV's. It comes with the "super game module" built in -- so you can use the latest improved homebrew games with no issue.
Willie at ArcadeUSA has a very good review up on Youtube, which I suggest you check out.
What do I think?
In the short time I've spent with the system, I can honestly tell you this thing is pure awesome. I love that real cartridges work (why can't more "flashback" systems include a cartridge port?) I haven't found any compatibility issues. Even my "new-to-me" roller controller works fine. It plays, looks, and sounds PERFECT. I really like how they made the unit look like a tiny Colecovision. The inclusion of the SNES port is genius. No more complaints about the "just-ok" Colecovision controllers.
Please know this: this list is insignificant and nitpicky. But an honest review must include some cons.
- There are some HDMI compatibility issues. I have one TV that won't play the sounds correctly. And I've read on-line of some Samsung TV's not being able to display the picture at all.
- The "core" slots for the SD Card are a touch confusing. I haven't messed with it much. My guess is that I'll set up the Coleco and Atari cores and try to never touch it again.
- I wish it had composite output to enjoy the system on an old CRT. I know that I can buy a converter of some kind, and I think I may go ahead and do that.
It's a huge ball of awesomeness. Congratulations to the Collectorvision team for producing such an incredible system. I've heard talk of a third run of consoles, so get your name on their list if you are interested. Highly recommended. RickR gives this an A++++.
Edited by RickR