The video game industry is convinced that mobile games are the only possible future for video games, whether gamers like it or not. However, there is a new thing that should help placate retro gaming fans who never want to lose that amazing feeling of inserting a cartridge to game.
To help bring back that excitement, one Japanese company will soon be releasing Picocassettes, mobile games on small cartridges that you plug into your phone’s headphone jack to play.
Picocassette is a Japanese crowdfunded project that hopes to bring retro gaming to modern smartphones. Their first game, Ninja JaJaMaru-kun, originally for the NES, was just recently released, with the promise of more to come.
You might be asking yourself: why would I want to buy something I need to plug into my phone when I can just download it? Picocassette’s answer is convincing:
“We want to bring back games as toys, as something you can hold in your hand. People tend to value them more than way, more than when they download them. We want people to have that feeling they had as kids of going to the shop, buying a game, reading the manual, and then finally plugging it into the console to enjoy. We want to give adults the chance to return to that magical time from their own childhoods.”
Of course, that’s all well and good, but what about the price? They’re currently available for 4,980 yen (US$46) each via the crowdfunding page, but Picocassette says that they hope to get the price down to 3,000 yen ($28) before the official release.
To me, that sounds like a lot for just one 8-bit game, but for those who want the authentic feeling of buying NES games as a kid, I suppose it’s just part of the package.
Take a look at Picocassettes in action below.
Would you buy cartridges to play mobile games? Let us know what you think in the comments!