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Evercade EXP review 2023: great gaming console

A small device that looks cute and has some interesting features.

by Carmelia Derby & Robert Barnes
4 minutes read
Evercade EXP review

Since the year 2020, the group that was responsible for developing the Evercade EXP has already released its third console. First, we had the handheld version of the original Evercade, and then shortly after that, we had the home console version of Evercade called Evercade VS, which was played on TV with a couple of controllers. And now there is the EXP, a new addition to the family of fully licensed retro ports, which has the potential to be the best version of one of the best retro consoles that has been released to date.

You might be wondering if the EXP can justify its existence so soon, especially considering that it costs a good bit more at $149/£129 than the original did. On paper, the specifications might not look that different from the original, and you should keep in mind that all three consoles run the same cartridges. When it was originally announced, we viewed it with some degree of skepticism; however, after spending a few weeks playing a variety of games.

Evercade EXP Specifications

Display4.3-inch color TFT LCD screen
Resolution480 x 272 pixels
GamesOver 260 pre-loaded retro games
Game CompatibilityEvercade cartridge system
ControlsD-pad, A, B, X, Y buttons, shoulder buttons
StorageExternal SD card support
BatteryRechargeable lithium-ion battery
ConnectivityUSB, headphone jack, AV output
AudioBuilt-in speaker, headphone support
Dimensions141 mm x 78 mm x 18 mm
WeightApproximately 160 grams

Design and Build

Evercade EXP review

The new 4.3-inch IPS screen works very well and has a resolution of 800480. The new Evercade EXP is put together in a very amazing way. The buttons are strong, but they have a “spongy” feel to them so that players who keep hitting on shooters won’t get tired of it. The d-pad is great, and it feels like it’s flying. In Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, we tried it out and found that it was easy to do combos. The desk is a good size at 7.76 x 3.1 x 0.8 inches. It fits your hand well.

It is also pretty light, though it is a bit heavier than the first Evercade. Overall, this is better made than the old gear; it feels solid and strong. The old panel, which was red and white, has been replaced with a white one that looks simpler and more modern. It looks nice, but some of the button names are hard to read because there are no extra features. You can buy this Evercade EXP from its official website

Evercade EXP: Portable Retro

The games in the Evercade series are housed on large, portable carts, as everyone familiar with the series already knows. All games are legitimately licensed and shipped on preloaded carts; no microSD card tricks necessary. There are ranging from two new games with a retro aesthetic to eight or more old arcade games on the carts.

They range in price from $10 to $20 and feature a plethora of retro titles, from recent indies to arcade staples and even Atari Lynx titles. The carts have an opening box design similar to the original Master System and SEGA Genesis games.

Gaming Experience

Evercade EXP review

The first type is the loaded cartridge, which allows you to search, sort, and play games in addition to displaying artwork for the game you are playing on the main page. If you click on the picture of the game, you will be able to find out more information about it, such as when it was released, what it is about, and whether or not you want to load your most recent save state. Because Capcom has collaborated with Evercade to showcase its video games, the Evercade EXP comes pre-loaded with 18 of the company’s most popular titles. These include 1942, Bionic Commando, Breath of Fire, Mega Man, and Street Fighter II.

Evercade EXP: Price

There are many places to purchase an Evercade EXP, including the company’s own website and Amazon. The EXP portable with 24 games (18 built in and 6 on the accompanying cartridge) cost $149/£129/AU$229.99.

Additional cartridges, sold separately, can be added to your Evercade collection. Numerous cartridges exist, and the vast majority of them are compilations from multiple labels. Depending on where you live, the price of a cartridge may range from $19.99 to £17.99 or AU$35.99.

Final Words

We have loved Evercade for a long time, and the Evercade EXP brings the concept of handheld games from the past into the present. With a resolution of 800 x 480, the new IPS screen is crisp and sharp, making it ideal for mobile retro gaming.

The new TATE mode is fantastic, despite the occasional cramping, and the games that come with it are excellent as well. At present, this new WiFi-enabled handheld comes preloaded with 18 classic Capcom titles.

Evercade EXP review: The good and The bad

The Good

  1. Superb build quality
  2. Gorgeous 480p screen

The Bad

  1. Battery life could be better


Can Evercade EXP connect to TV?

The Evercade EXP comes with a mini-HDMI cable so you may connect it to a larger display. It’s annoying because the cable isn’t included, as described before. Mini-HDMI to HDMI cables allow for a maximum output resolution of 720p, which is suitable for modern video games.

Is Evercade EXP backwards compatible?

Because the data is stored on the Cartridge, the saved games can be played on any system. Please be aware that the original Handheld requires firmware version 2.0 or later for compatibility.

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