1. NancyDS

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    Hi, I want to know why there is still no Zeebo Emulator for PC.

    As many know, Zeebo is considered the last pirate console that exists on the face of the earth, Zeebo was a seventh generation video game console produced by the Brazilian companies Tectoy and the American Qualcomm for Zeebo Inc. in 2009, It was a very poor console technically and unable to compete with his contemporaries. In the words of its creators, the Zeebo "It had not been designed to compete with the rest of the consoles of its generation, but to seek to fit into a market of smaller scale", although in the end its price in Mexico was about 3,000 pesos, which was a very high price given that for less than that you could get a PS2 console, which despite being of the previous generation, was much higher and with a much broader catalog. Zeebo's production company defined its console as "A console that offers fun, the excitement of interactive entertainment and education for those who until now have had little or no access to this technology" for which it was called in a tone of He mocks "the console for the poor" and is probably considered the worst console in history.

    The features of the console were supposed to be fully exploited by the entity network (ZeeboNet) via 3G or Edge, where the player could buy and download the games, which would be transferred through the downloads using a virtual currency (Z-). Credits), acquired by bank transfer, credit card, direct debit or pre-paid cards, although it turned out to be a disaster since the internet connection was very slow and unstable. According to TecToy, which had closed an alliance with América Móvil (mobile phone network that contains Claro) to provide the data of only 3G network, the user would always be connected to the wireless network without any fee (although this statement could be false in Mexico since Telcel, the Zeebo distributor in Mexico, charged for the use of the 3G network). It is to emphasize the bad quality of the connection to Internet of which they had the consoles. In addition there were several polemics such as the materials of poor quality with which it was manufactured and even had an SD slot but that was just that, the slot, since the console did not have inside the necessary components to make use of it . Also the cable of voltage of the console was of minimum quality, it was only a generic cable similar to those of the mobile telephones of the time.

    The project surprisingly had some support from companies such as Electronic Arts, Activision, Namco, Capcom and id Software which they thought they invested in a new and unexplored market of "billions" although in the end the sales were disastrous.

    On May 31, 2011, a brief official statement was given saying that the Zeebo team inc. it would cease to exist. The support of the console and the Internet service ceased on September 30 of the same year, in addition to no more Zeebo consoles being produced.

    The console was initially launched in Brazil, Mexico, China and India.

    Never in our lives will we have a Zeebo Emulator for PC?
     
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    You should put this much research effort into your assignments for school.
     
  3. NancyDS

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    Well, Zeebo is a non-piratable console, due to its fake SD slot, because the console does not have the components for its SD slot to work, it does not have an internet browser, it has a very slow and unstable internet connection, its Internet service cerro 8 years ago and we can not revive ZeeboNET because the console is not pirateable yet, not easily available in internet stores like Amazon, not in an internet auction or anything.
     
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    Why? there's no point in making an emulator for a console like the zeebo, let alone a pirate one. All the games released in the zeebo are available in other consoles, so why bother?
     
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    You had the answer at the tip of your fingers...
     
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    An Apple Bandai Pippin emulator for PC?
     
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    Not all of them - there are actually quite a few exclusive releases (like Prey: Evil, Double Dragon remake or Action Hero 3D: Wild Dog) that both look interesting enough from gameplay standpoint and deserve preservation. That's not counting small differences between versions. After all, if something can be preserved, it should be preserved.
     
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    I've never even heard of that :blink:
     
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    A good reason not to exist Zeebo emulator. :v
     
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    WTF is even a Zeebo? Sounds like a forgotten Commodore product.
     
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    *Screams Internally*

    what we really need is an emulator for the Exa-Arcadia, a brand new arcade system similar to the neo geo. It's a pretty powerful beast that isn't even really released yet, with lots of upcoming games including a remaster of Mr Gimmick for the Famicom and some nice looking shmups and fighters. Unfortunately, it is currently exclusive to japan, and while a greater scale release is planned, what arcade is even gonna have this stuff? It is absolutely essential that we have the ability to play these amazing Exa-Arcadia games , that are likely either being ported to the system or are remasters. They definitely need to work on an emulator for the Exa-Arcadia, so that we don't have to buy thousand dollar arcade systems and only thousand dollar computers instead. This is definitely a system that the end user would benefit by having in emulated form.
     
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    Extremely low demand and i believe it's a hard to find hardware? I mean, it would be great for reasons of keeping track history and kinda avoiding it from disappearing completely, but it does take a lot of effort and all.
     
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    Way a lot better than the Zeebo.

    Just watched some YT videos and there are a lot of shmups coming! That's great!
     
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    yeah, I think if more people knew about it it would spread to some smaller arcades, it looks really nice. Thing is I don't know of any around here :( but yeah definitely better than zeebo but probably just as unknown
     
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    Hello.:)

    No commotions please.Don´t forget tomorrow is April 1st the day that will change NancyDS´s life for ever.:toot:
     
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    I complete disagree What made Neo Geo special was being released at a time where it was first possible to make arcade quality games with a single computer board and just swap out the ROM just like a console--although with ROMs way too expensive for reasonable console sales. Since then plenty of companies have done similar for their own line-up and some companies have even joined forces (Triforce) to achieve something similar.

    What this all amounts to? What is needed is not an Exa-Arcadia emulator but simply a minimal spec standard, probably based on an ARM architecture, that anyone can develop for not unlikely what the PC originally was. Investing into yet another proprietary standard is just going to effectively die like all the previous ones did because there's no basis for continued existence.

    Besides that, as much as I like shoot'em ups, there's just way too many shoot'em ups for the platform even for an arcade system. I'd say it's the same thing that long-term killed the PC Engine, Saturn, and Sharp x68k. Even optimistically, it's hard to believe Exa-Aracadia will even meaningfully leave Japan. I'm honestly fine with that. Oh, and I really don't see the point of the Mr Gimmick port.

    PS - I presume MAME will work on adding Exa-Aracadia once it's available.
     
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    Zeebo was a late-2000s short-lived budget console for Brazil market, designed as a cheap device for people who can't afford "proper" consoles due to horrible import tax. Unlike many similar flops, it actually had a pretty strong third-party support on start (EA, Capcom, Namco, Activision, id Software, just to name the few), but due to poor hardware (a glorified feature phone) and "budget gamers" preferring to just stick with their PS2's instead, it went nowhere fast. On top of other things, it's also notable for being the first home console fully focused on digital distribution - you couldn't buy games physically for it, only via download.

    It's a fascinating little console, lurk info on it sometime if you're curious.
     
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    It was kind of a half joke, I don't really think it's worth being emulated and I was poking fun at all the OP's shitposts. I do like the games though, and I am optimistic for the system with my bias of loving arcade games. And I can see why they're making a remaster of mr gimmick since it's supposedly not just a straight up port, with new music and crisper visuals + widescreen but ehh it's not much shouldn't be for just the exa-arcadia. I'm pretty sure a lot of the games for the system are ports so it's not really worth it either way. Also, if MAME gets Exa-Arcadia running that'd be really neat since it's apparently "xbox one / ps4 pro level" (although none of the games really show it I've seen)
     
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    I think this thing deserves to be emulated just for the exclusive (and also one of the better) versions of Double Dragon.
     
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    I have a Zeebo, in fact as a lot of people said above many of its games have been released for other consoles

    Like Quake 1 and 2 (PS1 / N64 / PC), Zenonia (DSi, PSP, PS3), Need for Speed: Own the City (PSP / DS / GBA) and several others that are Android / iOS ports

    But there are also some very interesting games, among them an exclusive remake of Double Dragon following the old 2D style but much improved:



    And some other games that TecToy made, I have to say that I loved Zeebo FC Super League, it's like Mario Strikers, but using Zeeboids (which are like the Miis for Zeebo) and even has an interesting campaign and a system of achievements, I even play with my younger brother once in a while


    And also a game called ''Um jogo de Ovo'' is a great 2D platform in Co-Op that was based on the '' Una Película de huevos ''


    Besides, there are not many other games that are really worth the effort to create an emulator, Zeebo is a very interesting piece for any collector, but it is a console that has been lost in time, nowadays it is extremely rare to find any information about it and for a change because it was an '' Only Digital '' console there is no way to add new games to the platform today.


    Zeebo's hack scene is also almost nonexistent, the only unlocking method that exists is extremely difficult to do and can damage the console if done incorrectly and thanks to that the maximum that existed was some mods to play CPS1, CPS2 and Sega Genesis at Zeebo, but none of them went very far.


    Ironically, it uses a customized version of BREW (an operating system used on some old cell phones), it can even run any BREW application regardless of version and hardware, even used Zeebo recently to finally be able to run Kingdom Hearts V-Cast.

    Some people tried to find an easier way to unlock the console or even resurrect the online store (just by changing the inactive SIM-Card of the console, it will have access again, but with the update and store servers closed, this is not available for now. much use) but none of them went forward.

    For everyone who doesn't know what a Zeebo was, I recommend taking a look here:




    The second video is in Brazilian Portuguese, but it has the most information, even interviewed the president of TecToy in this video.
     
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