The FC-16 Go by Yobo is a pretty unique system in that it is a portable console capable of playing SNES cartridges. With this entry, we now have seen portable systems capable of playing games from the NES, SNES, and the Sega Genesis.
The system looks like an old DS Phat that went on a Krispy Kreme binge, it certainly is thick, if you know what I mean. It has a 3.5 inch LCD screen and comes in a clamshell design similar to the DS. To power the FC-16 Go Yobo went with a rechargeable battery, and they have included an AC adapter which powers the system and charges the battery. It has the ability to output to a TV with composite cables, and since the system also includes two 2.4GHz wireless controllers, it’s easy to use the FC-16 Go as an ultra-compact console on the go. One of the odd things is that the system only outputs audio in Mono, even thought the original SNES supported Stereo, this seems like an oversight on Yobo’s part.
The FC-16 follows suit with other SNES clones in that there are plastic tabs preventing the playing of Japanese or European cartridges. This of course can be modified to allow that playback. The system also supports the Super Game Boy, which will then allow playback of all of your original Game Boy cartridges.
The game compatibility is a little better than other brands of SNES clones, games using the FX chip like StarFox play fine. The console still struggles with SA-1 chip games like Kirby Super Star or Kirby’s Dream Land 3.
When it comes to the FC-16 Go, it’s really simple, if you’re in the market for a portable SNES machine, there is no other viable choice. If you’re looking for a general purpose console capable of playing SNES games, check out the Retro-Bit Retro Duo. If you need the added capability of playing Sega Genesis games, we recommend checking out the Hyperkin RetroN 3.
Where to Find:
Yobo FC-16 Go (Amazon)