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Super Pocket review - Taito and Capcom edition side-by-side

Super Pocket Review: The Best-Value Retro Handheld You Can Buy

Blaze Entertainment’s brand new Super Pocket is an absolute must-buy if you’re a fan of retro gaming. There: that’s all you need to know. Offering incredible value, fantastic quality and a choice of two games line-ups, there isn’t much else on the market that comes close in the same price bracket. Really, we’re blown away by these pocket-sized devices.

There are two Super Pockets available: the Taito Edition and the Capcom Edition. Naturally, the one you go for will dictate what games are installed on it. The Super Pocket Capcom Edition has 12 games including Street Fighter II, Mega Man and Final Fight, while the Taito Edition has 18 games including Space Invaders, Bubble Bobble and The NewZealand Story. Other than different colourways, the devices share the same specifications.

The first thing that stands out when you hold a Super Pocket in your hand is just how sturdy it feels. This isn’t your typical cheap, plasticky device: it’s solid and well put-together. It doesn’t feel creaky in your palms. The buttons are nice and responsive to touch and, perhaps most importantly, the screen is nothing short of beautiful. It may have a low pixel count – 320 x 240 – but that’s all it needs for these retro games to truly shine. It’s bright, clear and sharp – and although it’s on the small size, it’s perfectly adequate to enjoy your library of games on.

Super Pocket Review: Specifications

  • Price: £49.99/$59.99
  • Rechargeable battery with USB-C charging
  • 4+ hours battery life
  • Evercade cartridge compatibility
  • Screen: 2.8” IPS 320 x 240 pixels
  • Super Pocket Capcom Edition included games: Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Mega Man, 1942, Final Fight, 1943, Strider, Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS, Bionic Commando, Captain Commando, Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Forgotten Worlds, 1944: The Loop Master
  • Super Pocket Taito Edition included games: Space Invaders, Bubble Bobble, Puzzle Bobble, Operation Wolf, Rastan, The Newzealand Story, Cadash, Chack’n Pop, Don Doko Don, Elevator Action, The Fairyland Story, Football Champ, Growl, Volfied, Kiki Kaikai, The Legend of Kage, Liquid Kids, Space Invaders ’91

We’ve been impressed with how gorgeous some games look on the Super Pocket. Of course, both libraries span around two decades and so not all games have been created equally. No matter what you play, you’re getting an authentic classic arcade experience, but some titles have stood the test of time better than others. On the Capcom Edition, Street Fighter and Ghouls ‘n Ghosts in particular look wonderful, giving some modern arcade-style games a run for their money. And on the Taito Edition, the colours of Bubble Bobble beautifully pop off the screen.

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Every game we’ve tried on the Super Pocket has been a joy to play, with their control schemes carrying over to the handheld device well. In terms of buttons, on the front of the device you’ll find a d-pad, ABXY face buttons, Start and Select. On the back is L1, L2, R1 and R2, and there’s also a power button on the bottom and volume controls on the side. Our only slight complaint here is the placement of the shoulder buttons: they’re a little awkward to push if you’re playing a game that makes regular use of them. They’re not used in many games, though, so it’s not going to be too much of an issue.

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We particularly like that there’s a dedicated menu button here, instantly taking you to the Super Pocket’s settings. From there you can save and load a game, check the controls of the title you’re playing and change the display settings. You can choose between Original Ratio, Pixel Perfect and Fullscreen depending on your personal preferences, and also enable scanlines if you want a more authentically retro feel.

Enter the main system settings for the Super Pocket, and you’ll find even more options. Our favourite is the system-wide difficulty option, allowing you to turn on Easy mode for all games. These are retro games, though, and so even with Easy mode enabled, you’re still going to have a challenge on your hand. But it’s a nice touch, and especially useful for younger players who might be visiting these classic titles for the first time.

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The best thing about the Super Pocket, though, and the one thing that makes buying one of these little devices an absolute bargain, is its Evercade compatibility. A standalone Evercade console will cost you £120/$140, and so the Super Pocket has become the cheapest way to enter the Evercade ecosystem. A cartridge-based gaming system, there are now over 40 boxed Evercade collections available, with each cartridge typically containing multiple titles. And so, by owning one of these lovely little devices, you’ve got access to all of those games.

With an Evercade cartridge costing just £17.99/$19.99, it’s a very easy way to expand your retro game collection. And popping a cartridge into the Super Pocket couldn’t be easier. Simply take out the dummy cartridge from the back of the device, and replace it with an actual Evercade cartridge. It’ll become instantly available for you to play: just press the ‘menu’ button to switch to Evercade mode.

Super Pocket Capcom Edition - Street Fighter on screen
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Super Pocket Review: The Bottom Line

As far as retro gaming devices go, we’ve not had our hands on anything that offers quite as good value as the Super Pocket. You’re getting a seriously great little retro powerhouse for just £49.99/$59.99. The built-in games are great, no matter which collection you go for, but it’s the Evercade support that really sets this apart from anything else in its price range. It’s solidly built, feels great in the hand, and is a joy to play. What more could you possibly want? If you’re a fan of classic arcade games, you should consider the Super Pocket a must-have.

With thanks to Blaze Entertainment for providing us with review units of the Super Pocket.

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