Today I’m going to be reviewing this Gocomma Handheld Game Console. This console comes with 400 classic games already built-in and is rechargeable too!
You can connect it to your TV via the supplied AV cables and enjoy a mirrored screen of what you’re playing on the TV.
One of the biggest draws to this game console is you’re able to play your favourite Nintendo childhood games, including Super Mario Bros.
But is this console any good? What’s it like to play on? Time to test it out!
Packaging and Contents.
The Gocomma Handheld Game Console comes packaged in a Blue cardboard box which has product images and specification printed on it. The box measures 14.0cm x 10.0cm x 5.5cm and weighs 185G.
Upon opening the box you’ll find the following; 1x Games Console, 1x 800mAh Battery, 1x Mini USB Cable, 1x Set of AV Cables, 1x English User Guide.
Gocomma Handheld Game Console.
The Gocomma Handheld Game Console is Black in colour (Other colour options are available, including Blue, Red, and Cream). This is made from plastic and measures 11.5cm x 7.5cm x 1.7cm and weighs (Without the battery installed) 90G.
The TFT screen measures 5.8cm x 4.3cm.
Obviously the first thing is to mention the overall look of the Gocomma Handheld Game Console, it’s clear by a country mile it’s trying to replicate a Nintendo Gameboy Colour. The buttons are all in the same position as a Gameboy and there’re even the same buttons. Although on this version you get 4 buttons instead of the original 2.
You get a 4-way directional pad, select and start buttons, a reset button, and 4 game play buttons. On the top of the console is a TV out port, the Mini USB charging port, and the power on/off switch. Volume is controlled by a wheel located on the left-hand side of the console.
Battery and Charging.
The Gocomma Handheld Game Console comes with an 800mAh rechargeable battery. The battery code is BL-5C for which some of you will remember this a Nokia Mobile Phone battery. This is great news as you can buy these so cheaply and you’ll have additional batteries to play for more time.
Insert the battery into the back of the Gocomma Handheld Game Console observing the correct polarity and refit the cover.
To charge you need to use the supplied Mini USB Cable (Which measures 60.0cm in length) and power it up using any 5V DC power source. Charging takes around 2 hours and is indicated by a Red LED light, that will go out upon being charged. Once charged you’ll be able to play for around 6 hours.
You can play and charge at the same time, but the supplied cable is too short to be able to do this comfortably, unless of course you have your own longer Mini USB cable.
About the Console.
The Gocomma Handheld Game Console is advertised as having 400 classic 8-bit, retro games pre-installed for you to enjoy. But, that’s not entirely true, you get 312 as the other 88 games are repeats of the first 88 game on the menu. Most of the games you’ve probably never even heard of, as some of the games were released outside of the UK.
Although at the very beginning you get a choice of languages between Chinese and English, the menu language changes but the games are still loaded in Chinese.
The biggest selling point of the Gocomma Handheld Game Console is the fact that you can play the original Nintendo version of Super Mario Bros. This game takes me back to when I was a small boy. The other classic game for me is Super Mario Bros 3, I used to love this game too. The rest of the console I found to contain poor platform games that don’t interest me at all and didn’t interest me as kid either.
The full list of games and in order can be found in my attached PDF File Gocomma Games List.
Playing the Console.
The buttons are probably the weakest point of the whole package. They’re clumsy and don’t do what you want them to do. For example, on Super Mario Bros when you press the down button, Mario pops back up after a second. Also, the left button the control pad becomes clunky and doesn’t always goes works properly. I also found the buttons quite hard to read, for example the Reset, Start and Select buttons blend into the background of the console. Maybe a different colour on the lettering would help them pop out.
Another big let-down is the battery life remaining level. Quite simply there isn’t one. The only way you know that the console is running out of power is the screen gradually starts to fade before turning itself off. There’s no LED battery light on the Gocomma Handheld Game Console whatsoever.
It’s nice to be able to play the original Super Mario Bros and take be back to my childhood. I never realised just how hard it was to play. I’ve been using the Gocomma console for a few weeks and haven’t been able to complete it. I used to do this as a child no problems at all.
- Brand: Gocomma
- Model: Handheld Game Console
- Model Code: N/A
- Manufacturer Code: N/A
- EAN: N/A
- ASIN: N/A
- Battery Type: 1x 800mAh Lithium-Ion Battery
- Input Voltage: 5V DC
- Compliance: CE, FCC, RoHS
It’s a mixed review for the Gocomma Handheld Game Console. I like the fact that I can play my favourite Nintendo games on a single console. But, the downside for me is the actual controls, they’re clunky and not always responsive to your commands. The battery could do with a remaining level, so you know how much gameplay you have left.
Also stating that you get 400 games installed is a false advertisement, you can’t count duplicated games!
But aside from the game amount, the clunky user controls I still like the console.
And for the price it’s an absolute bargain.
If you want the Gocomma Handheld Game Console for yourself, it’s available only on GearBest. The RRP for this games console is £13.70.
Product sample provided by GearBest in exchange for a detailed, unbiased review.
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