Sega Genesis Emulator Running On An E-reader

In “totally not what you ever expected news,” someone ported the 16-bit Sega console onto an e-reader. No kidding, folks.

Sega Genesis Nook Simple Touch image

What is it with the obsession of putting every knowable retro gaming console on possibly every kind of gizmo? I don’t know; maybe it’s like popping bubble-wrap paper? Those things are super addictive. You pop one, and next you know, you want to pop them all. Gah! I need some right now!

Now, that’s not to say that this odd fixation on trying to run videogame emulation on whatever is lying around the house is some sort of addiction. Heck, no. I surely don’t have a doctorate in psychoanalysis to suggest such a lofty claim… but sometimes, I just don’t know. I just don’t know.

Like, for example, this weird, but amazingly cool emulation ploy by hacker-alias ndncnbvcuyuys (I believe in geek-speak that translates into “try spelling this, fools!”), who ported a Sega Genesis onto a Nook Simple Touch e-reader. Don’t believe me? Well, here, have a 5 minute video demonstration using Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

Obviously, aside from the true console’s 512 color palette and sound system, surprisingly, Sonic 2 seems to run near perfectly. Blurry. But near perfectly. Which is pretty outstanding – “rad” as Sonic would say – for a type of screen that normally isn’t sold around the ability to render moving images. Blast processing, too!

It’s just like the Greek philosopher Aristotle once said, “there is no great genius without a mixture of madness.” How wonderfully put and emphasized here. It’s not like anyone really needs Sonic, Streets of Rage, or Revenge of Shinobi (oh man, seeing that would make my day) on an e-reader, but dang if it isn’t impressive.

Sonic 2 tails Genesis Nook Simple Touch image

Now only if you could hook-up a Genesis controller to this Nook, then you got something extra impressive. Ahem. Well, internet? Chop, chop. Get on it, I’m waiting.

Speaking of impressive from a bit ago, so is this city model built completely out of  spare computer parts, these stellar portraits of famous Sci-Fi heroines, or whatever else is hot from the geeky universe reported by Walyou.