So, I’m really enjoying the Evercade so far! This retro-themed handheld has released licensed cartridges containing some true classic titles, and a whole bunch of undiscovered gems. But there’s always more games to want, right? So, today, I give you my… Top 5 Cartridges I’d Love To See On The Evercade.
The EA 16-Bit Collection
These days, EA doesn’t have the best reputation among gamers. Back in the 16-bit era though, they produced some fantastic titles, ranging from edgy to sports classics. You wouldn’t think it now, but once upon a time, hearing ‘EA Sports…it’s in the game’ was a sure-fire sign of quality. That being said, I wouldn’t expect to see any licensed titles on this cart, meaning no FIFA International Soccer or the suchlike. That doesn’t mean there aren’t a plethora of titles to choose from though. Personally, I’d love to see the following included: B.O.B., Desert Strike, Haunting Starring Polterguy, James Pond 2: Codename Robocod, Jungle Strike, Mutant League Football, Mutant League Hockey, Populous, Risky Woods, Road Rash II, Shadow of the Beast, Theme Park, Urban Strike.
The Sparkster Collection
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…Sparkster is a steampunk opossum. What’s not to love? Designed by Nobuya Nakazato of CONTRA fame, the platforming series saw three titles released across the Mega Drive and SNES. There was a fourth game released much later on Xbox 360, PS3, and Steam, but it failed to capture the magic of these early releases. This would be a small collection of games, but each one is a gem. So, I’d say that Rocket Knight Adventures, Rocket Knight Adventures 2, and Sparkster would be plenty worth the price on their own.
The Psygnosis Collection
This British publisher doesn’t get mentioned too much these days, largely because they were consolidated into Sony as SCE Studio Liverpool. I can guarantee you know a few games by them from the old days though. I mean, with all the titles in the series, you could probably fill a cartridge with a complete Lemmings collection alone! For me, I’d like to see: Agony, Alundra, Barbarian, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Lemmings, Lemmings 2: The Tribes, Puggsy.
The Taito Collection
Everyone loves Taito, right? Starting out way back in the 1970s, this company has released some super popular titles that are still remembered fondly today. Given their rich history, I think a case could be made to release a good selection of these too. That list should include: Arkanoid, Bubble Bobble, Darius II, The New Zealand Story, Operation Wolf, Renegade, Rainbow Islands, Sonic Blast Man, Space Invaders.
The Wonderboy Collection
Designed by Westone, and rising to popularity on SEGA’s Master System and Mega Drive, Wonderboy has a fair few games to his name. While Dragon’s Trap is – quite rightly – the best known, there’s fun to be had here and a complete collection would be a nice addition to the console. So, that would include: Wonderboy, Wonderboy in Monster Land, Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair, Wonderboy III: The Dragon’s Trap, Wonderboy in Monster World, Monster World IV.