There has been a resurgence in the retro gaming world, with Nintendo re-embracing their NES and SNES platform, but there’s a whole class of games that simply haven’t gotten much attention – disc-based games. A Philadelphia-based team calling themselves Seedi Team have kicked off an IndieGoGo campaign to remedy that situation. The Seedi Retro Gaming System is capable of playing original discs from the Sony PlayStation 1, Neo Geo CD, TurboGrafx CD, Sega CD, as well as handling ROMS from the NES, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, Atari 2600, TurboGrafx 16, and a full implementation of MAME – the Multi Arcade Machine Emulator. The team is also baking in full support for Retrode – an optional adapter set that can support cartridge-based games from the Genesis and Game Boy (with others potentially coming in the future).
From what we can see thus far, the Seedi is built by people who love gaming and understand what gamers would want out of a system like this. It supports 1080p and 720p resolution via HDMI, has Wi-Fi baked in, can use Bluetooth wireless or a laundry list of original controllers, is Region free, supports video filters to emulate that old-school lined monitor look, supports YouTube (and we can assume streaming to it), and also allows you to not only save state (that is snap a save that can restore exactly where you select, as opposed to whatever checkpoint occurs in the game), but can also backup and share those saved games to the included 32 GB storage.
If you’d like a look at the interface, a functional prototype, and an early LEGO prototype, check out the video above. You can currently back the Seedi for $99 USD (plus shipping) as an early bird, with a March 2018 estimated ship date, or even opt into the beta for the same price and have it in your hands in December of 2017! For those who remember the transparent green Xbox, there’s even an option for a similarly-colored Seedi System.
If you’ve ever wanted an emulation system that would take out all the pain and aggravation of setup, letting you simply enjoy your older collection of games, then this is exactly what you are looking for. Hit em up on IndieGoGo and get one for yourself.
Look for our continued coverage of this console as we get closer to that Beta mark.