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Turn your Nspire CX into a Genesis / Mega Drive console
Posted by Xavier on 4 April 2016, 20:57 GMT

Today, let's feature PicoDrive, a Sega gaming console emulator, now ported to the TI-Nspire CX by Gameblabla. Unlike what its name says, the targeted console is not the Sega Pico, but the Sega Genesis, a formerly highly successful 16-bit home video game console released in 1988, also known in regions outside North America as the Sega MegaDrive. It contains a main 68000 processor, clocked at a lower rate than in the TI-68k series from 1995+, and a Z80 auxiliary processor mainly used for controlling the sound chips.

You can now enjoy Sega's emblem Sonic the Hedgehog, Aladdin, Street Fighter and hundred of other action / sport / arcade games, on your higher-end handheld calculator. Most of these games will usually run at full speed, on non-overclocked calculators, with frameskip of 2. The highest resolution produced by the Genesis/MegaDrive is 320x240, so no need for costly software scaling. Only the 3 buttons provided by the older controllers are emulated, but games leveraging newer controllers' 6 buttons are a minority.

"Genesis does what Nintendon't", they say... And so does your TI-Nspire CX now :P.

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