Evercade’s latest retro handheld features a special vertical shoot ’em up mode

Retro console maker Evercade just announced its latest device, a new handheld called the EXP. If you’re unfamiliar with Evercade, its products are a little different than your standard retro fare. Rather than buying a device like this that comes with a limited library of games preinstalled, or one like this that can play games from their original cartridges, Evercade sells cartridges that come with a selection of games. The company says this approach has a few advantages, one of which is that license holders can be paid more fairly. It also means games load instantly.

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The EXP builds on the company’s original handheld with a new, more sophisticated design. Gone are the red “walk faster” stripes of the predecessor. Additionally, the EXP sports a new 4.3-inch IPS panel with a denser 800 x 480 resolution. It also comes with a 1.5GHz processor and 4GB of onboard storage, putting it on par with to the . New to the EXP is a “Tate” mode that makes the handheld better suited for playing games designed around vertical scrolling, like classic shmups. The EXP has two buttons on the left side that help when playing in this way. Evercade has also added WiFi and USB-C connectivity to the device and redesigned the mini-HDMI port to make it more stable.

In the US, the EXP costs $150. Evercade will begin taking pre-orders for the console beginning in September, with general availability expected later this winter. Retail units ship with the IREM Arcade 1 Collection, which includes six games from the Japanese publisher, including lunar patrol and 10-yard fight. Evercade has promised to release more details about the device in September, including information about bonus content.

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