Game King-II: Emulation
The Game King-II claims to support NES and GB/GBC games, but also supports SNES games as well, though that is not advertised. After playing some SNES games on it, I can understand why…
Here are the type of games that the Game King-II will emulate:
- Gameboy Color
Here are the other systems that I’ve tried, but the Game King-II does not emulate:
- Atari 2600/5200/7800
- Sega Master System
- Game Gear
- Neo Geo
- Turbo Grafx-16
If you are used to emulators of exception quality (as I am), then the Game King-II is somewhat of a disappointment. I’m guessing that the Game King-II uses some sort of ARM CPU, so I would think that porting an open source emulator would be fairly easy to do. However, it appears as if these emulators are custom programmed (or they are ports of emulators I’ve never seen).
First off, I was not able to play a good portion of the ROMs that I tried. Kid Icarus (NES), Boxxle (GB), Deja Vu I & II (GBC) did not work or had serious problems making them unplayable. A more determined person could probably make a list of what mappers seem to be supported and what don’t, but I don’t have that kind of time.
The NES emulation is the best of the trio on this thing. Except for around 20% of the ROMs I tried, all the games worked okay. You might notice some weirdness with the pixels due to the video being scaled to 320×240, but it’s not that bad. There’s save states, volume control, and battery save files–standard emulator fare. Button X is assigned to A and Button A to B, so it can be a little confusing (especially with Punch-Out!).
The Gameboy emulation is somewhat lacking. Many of the games I played worked, but without sound. Some early generation games (like Boxxle) didn’t work. Still, it’s not bad: there’s save states, volume control, and battery saves.
The SNES emulation is pretty bad. It reminds me of the earlier years of DreamSNES, except I couldn’t find a single game that ran at 100% speed. I even tried using PAL ROMs instead of NTSC, with only a barely noticeable improvement. Pretty much everything is unplayable with the exception of games with little or no animation–like Jeopardy. The SNES emulator has save states and all the normal features. But oddly enough, it also has a “screen capture” option, which saves a BMP file to your Game King. Pretty cool, too bad the emulation is slow. Even if the SNES ran at a decent speed, there’s still the issue of button mapping. The B button is used to bring up the emulator options menu, which leaves only 3 buttons for gameplay. Street Fighter II would be out of the question.
In summary, if you want a portable emulation device, this is not the gadget for you. However, I’m quite happy with the nice selection of games that I loaded on there.