The Pandora may have overshot its estimated release date of January 2009 by some margin but that hasn’t dampened our enthusiasm for this obscenely powerful open-source handheld.
In fact, when we see videos like the one below – which shows a pre-production version of the machine running Super Nintendo games effortlessly – it actually only serves to heighten our already giddy level of anticipation for this gaming-loving ultra-mobile PC.
As you can see, games run a full speed – if anything, at times the emulator appears to be running too fast, which is to be expected as the actual code is a hastily retooled version of the GP2X SNES emulator. Naturally, when the final Pandora SNES emulator is released you can expect things to be a little more consistent. While you might think that SNES emulation on open-source handhelds is no big deal, it’s worth noting that the current crop of machines – including the GP2X, Wiz and Dingoo Digital A-320 – aren’t capable of replicating the experience 100 per cent authentically. The high-tech Mode 7 effects (well, high-tech for 1990, anyway) are tremendously processor intensive, you see. As well as enabling you to play classic titles such as Super Mario Kart, F-Zero, Donkey Kong Country and Zelda: Link to the Past, the Pandora will also emulate countless other machines and comes complete with wi-fi, Bluetooth, an 800x480 resolution LCD screen and a high capacity battery that should offer enough juice for over ten hours of play – and all of this from a unit that is only fractionally bigger than the Nintendo DS.