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What is the Super Pantendo?

The Super Pantendo is a passion project by its creator. There is no private investor or crowdfunding for the project, just a madman and his dream. This custom built arcade system plays over 6000 different games from an impressive array of retro home gaming consoles. All of the hardware and software scripting found in this cabinet is custom made solely for use in the Pantendo. The unit greets you with a selection of 16 different retro home gaming consoles after turning on. Once you have selected a console, you are given the choice of any game from that console's available library. The game will then start up immediately with a pixel perfect recreation of the original product and will be 100% playable.

UNFINISHED-interfaceThe Super Pantendo is made in the spirit that retro gaming doesn't have to be about what is old. Retro gaming is exciting, and can be done in incredibly high quality. The Super Pantendo is meant to show the world how retro gaming can still exist in the cutting edge world of gaming. What really sets Super Pantendo apart is the intense attention to detail. Every game found in the machine has been play tested to ensure authenticity to the original game found on the home consoles. Anyone who has played "old school" or "retro" video games will immediately see the quality and care put into this device. Any person at all will find endless hours of entertainment as there are so many games to be enjoyed. No effort has been spared to make the experience seamless, flawless, and perfect. The idea is that you could walk right up to the machine and just be a couple of button taps away from your favorite game no matter who you are.

Now, with all of that being said, the unit is not 100% complete. The unit is completely playable and play tested. The creator, a man going by the name panopticon36, claims that the only things left to be done are basically cosmetic adjustments and additions. The machine is basically a highly sophisticated dedicated emulation box where the appropriate emulator loads a specific configuration file for each individual game to help ensure accuracy. The project has its own website/blog at where you can vote about different development topics, get some free merchandise, browse the game library, or just look at development pictures. The creator tries to post new content at least once every week on the site.

Mario on the Super Pantendo Prototype

The Super Pantendo Interface