I had very similar points in a few of my blog posts but as he says “there is nothing new under the sun”. In other words, it’s nice to know that others with a knowledge of gaming history see how some ideas bubble to the surface multiple times until the right set of circumstances, technological or otherwise, allow for a successful implementation.
Nintendo has never made a handheld that can connect to your TV and be played like a console. Instead, they kept making attachments to their home console that would play Gameboy games.
Hudson made the Switch in 1990. It is called the TurboExpress.
Here is the Japanese equivalent.
Some people are upset that the Switch is using cartridges. “Do not call them cartridges,” they whine. “They are CARDS, not cartridges! They do not contain electronics in them!”
Most cartridges didn’t contain unique electronics in them like the FX chip in Starfox or the chip in Castlevania III.
What many gamers are not aware of, since the Turbografx 16 was never mainstream, is that they used something called ‘Hucards’. They were like credit cards. They did not contain electronics, but they had the ROM image on them.
The Turboexpress could play Turbografx 16 hucards (that you would place into the home…
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