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September 2, 2022 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Capcom joins Evercade, but only via built-in games exclusively on the upcoming EXP Handheld

Capcom joins Evercade
Excitement rose and then sank a bit upon discovery that the Capcom games will not be for sale on a cartridge.
It's good. It's bad. It's not that bad. Is this any good.

Emotions are mixed with Evercade's announcement of bringing Capcom games to the platform. We cheered, but the excitement wasn't sure where to go when the announcement labeled the games "bonus content" for their upcoming EXP handheld console.

Yes, these games will not be sold separately on cartridges. The Evercade folks nearly admitted this as a "best we can do" scenario by saying that Capcom would not allow the games to be distributed on cartridges. Evercade said they weighed this disappointment in a positive light in that purchasers of the new EXP handheld will find 18 capcom games installed, ready to play, on the EXP.

I'm disappointed as I'd like to play them on the VS console on my living room TV. However, as they put it - it was this or nothing. Perhaps things will change over time and we might get a cart full of Capcom games. One can rarely say "never" in the world of video game licensing. Check out the game list. The EXP console will feature 14 arcade games and 4 home console releases.

Capcom Game List For Evercade EXP

The EXP will have 14 arcade games & 4 home console ones from Capcom
  1. 1942 (Arcade version)
  2. 1943 (Arcade version)
  3. 1944 : The Loop Master (Arcade version)
  4. Bionic Commando (Arcade version)
  5. Captain Commando (Arcade version)
  6. Commando (Arcade version)
  7. Final Fight (Arcade version)
  8. Forgotten Worlds (Arcade version)
  9. Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Arcade version)
  10. Legendary Wings (Arcade version)
  11. MERCS (Arcade version)
  12. Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting (Arcade version)
  13. Strider (Arcade version)
  14. Vulgus (Arcade version)
  15. Mega Man (8-bit)
  16. Mega Man 2 (8-bit)
  17. Mega Man X (16-bit)
  18. Breath of Fire (16-bit)
While not everyone will want to invest in the EXP model, especially existing owners of the original handheld, it does come with some nice features. One that will enhance this Capcom collection is TATE mode. This lets you orient the handheld vertically and use the controls on the bottom, thus taking advantage of arcade games with portrait-oriented (tall) monitors.

It's noce to have Capcom come the the Evercade platform. Hopefully more will join and follow the cartridge-model that brings multiple retro games to an eager audience.

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