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Zette System sets up for €2k console run

Swedish designer Love Hultén has unveiled a limited run of handcrafted, wood-encased gaming console with a built-in LED projector and the capacity to emulate over a dozen retro systems, with prices starting at €1,899 (RM9,415). 

The Zette System adopts the shape of a 1980s boombox, an apparatus that contains two wireless control pads and two loudspeakers, one of which houses a miniature LED projector.

Swedish designer and craftsman Hultén has added it to his line of wood-finish vintage assemblys, which includes the arcade game compendium Pixelkabinett 42, foldaway portable console R-Kaid-R, and desktop gaming computer Datorbox.

At €1,899 (RM9,415) for the base model via lovehulten.com, the Zette System is in fact the least inexpensive of Hultén’s available custom creations.

Designed for portability, the Zette runs on a 2600mAh battery or through an everyday USB power pack.

Its projector displays at 640×480, Standard Definition, a fraction of the 4k Ultra High Definition resolution that is becoming industry standard, but one which in fact supersedes the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (1988) and Sega Genesis (1990) at the upper end of games machines emulated by the Zette.

A provided list of supported game systems extends from Atari’s 800 home computer and the 2600, 5200 and 7800 series home consoles introduced in 1977, 1982 and 1986 respectively, through Nintendo’s portable Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance and home NES and SNES, to the Sega Master System, Game Gear, and Genesis and the ZX Spectrum.

The MAME provides emulated support for multiple arcade machines, as its acronymic name suggests.

A larger Arcade edition (€2,399/RM10,120) replaces the pair of wireless d-pad controllers with joysticks.

With an advertised production run limited to 25 units, ahead of pre-orders starting in November 2017, the Zette arrives as Nintendo and Atari prepare to take advantage of gaming nostalgia with more modestly-priced retro consoles of their own.

Nintendo’s US$79 (RM330)Super NES Classic Edition arrives a year after the sought-after NES Classic, from Sept 29, and contains 21 licensed, built-in games, including Donkey Kong Country, F-Zero, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario World and the previously unreleased Star Fox 2.

(It’s sold as the Nintendo Classic Mini: SNES in Europe and the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom in Japan.)

Retro brand Atari is readying to launch a crowdfunding campaign for a retro-styled Ataribox ahead of a early to mid 2018 launch at US$249 (RM1.050) to US$299 (RM1,260).

And while dedicated emulation hardware exists for fans of retro games machines — Hyperkin’s RetroN (RM670) and Cyber Gadget’s Retro Freak (US$189/RM800) both accept original cartridges from multiple consoles — miniature systems based on RaspberryPi microcomputers often prove to be the most inexpensive option (from US$89/RM375)  for games-oriented packages), though require users to source their own games. — AFP Relaxnews