by Steven B. Combs, Ph.D. tags: games - console - 8 bit - handhelds - review
In my last handheld gaming console post, I continue to describe my Amazon Prime day 2021 experience and the purchase of four retro handheld gaming consoles. The second handheld was the LiNKFOR handheld gaming console.
As a reminder, I chose four different handheld game units that range in price from $10 to $50. I had ≈$120 of affiliate funds that became my budget for this experiment (Thanks to everyone who supports the blog and the YouTube channel!). These include:
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In part three of my four part retro-computing handheld series, I open the box, power up, and play games on the “FateFan Retro Game Console with 500 Classic Games, Handheld Game Console Supporting 2 Players TV Connection, 1020 mAh Rechargeable Battery (Green)”; an almost identical model to the LiNKFOR. Or is it? Let’s find out.
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Each unit has unique features and I found it difficult to compare them without a table. My table is in the embedded Google Sheet below or view directly by clicking here.
The Amazon Prime Day price was $12.59 compared to the normal price of $20.99. The unit was unique in that several colors are available. I choose green to distinguish it from the red LiNKFOR from the last post. I was excited about this model, despite the form-factor, because of the number of games (which you will soon find it a bait and switch), large second controller, and interesting layout of the controller (which I will be sorry for later). Let’s open the box, turn on, and try out this latest purchase.
Watch the companion video below and then continue to read my thoughts on this device.
00:00 Video introduction 01:01 FAST LOAD Bumper 01:20 Unboxing 01:42 Battery 02:10 Second controller 02:31 Audio/Video cable 02:37 USB charging cable 02:45 Instructions 02:57 Power up 03:36 Games main menu 03:52 Star Fighter demo 04:29 Tear down 04:53 PCB review 04:49 Processor and companion blog post 05:08 PCB comparison to LiNKFOR 05:28 Assembly 06:00 Test assembly 06:28 SUBSCRIBE! 06:34 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 06:48 FateFan menu of 500 games 07:16 Contra 07:48 Gradius 08:22 Lifeforce 09:05 Lode Runner 09:51 Donkey Kong 10:35 Arkanoid 11:23 Nintendo Baseball 12:29 F-1 Race 13:33 Space Invaders 14:33 End Screen
This is the second unit I look at that has the Gameboy’s vertical form factor, in other words, the hand cramper! I still don’t like it after two units.
As shown in the video, the FateFan uses a STMicroelectronics–M36L0T7050BZAQ Processor that includes a: 128Mbit (Multiple Bank, Multi-Level, Burst) Flash Memory 32Mbit (2M x16) PSRAM, Multi-Chip Package. The link above is to the specification sheet.
Below is a table of my favorite retro game titles (1989 and earlier in most cases) on the FateFan. This list includes the game number to locate each game since they are not in alphabetical order. An
* next to a menu number (#) indicates a game I game I demonstrate in the companion video.
03* Contra 04 Super Contra 6 10 Super Contra 7 11 Super Contra 8 12 Super Contra 2 14 Super Mario Brothers 30* Gradius 31* Life Force 45 Goonies 55 1942 59* Lode Runner 62* Donkey Kong 65* Arkanoid 87* Baseball 106/306 Burger Time 128/328 Defender 2 139/339 Dig Dug 152/352* F-1 Race 169/369 Galaga 170/370 Galaxian 197/397 Joust 202/402* Space Invaders 215 Mario Brothers 220/440 Millipede 231 Pac-Man 445 Popeye
* Demo included in companion video.
Things to like about the FateFan include:
This unit would make a good stocking stuffer or holiday party gift exchange item; especially if you knew there was a retro game fan in the mix.
Things to improve the FateFan include:
NOTE: I understand this is a $20 device and improvements may not be possible at that price point but with regard to one item, the duplication of games, it is unacceptable. I can’t recommend this unit when there are others for the same cost, same form-factor, and include “technically” more games.
That concludes my first look at the FateFan. Up next is the TRIMUI/Powkiddy with unlimited games, but limited console emulation. You won’t want to miss this final installment and my summary of all four-units.
I’ll compare all four of the handhelds and make a final recommendation in the final video (link coming soon). For now, I hope you enjoy this fun experiment. While not every handheld is a winner, trying them out makes every experience like Christmas morning!
Want to suggest a model, or better yet, send me one to feature or as a, “Thank you!” Drop me an email and let’s start the discussion.