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CREATED APR.07.2006
UPDATED APR.09.2006
THE ONE STATION HANDHELD
FAMICOM HANDELD?
About a month ago, when browing a site called Success Company, I stumbled upon a device called "One Station". My "NES-eye" told me that was I was looking at could be NES/Famicom related and that it would be a good idea to order one.

A month went until I finally carried out the order, One handheld unit and the 7 cartridges released for it, a total of $130 incl. shipping. The package arrived this morning, so here we are.

Success didn't give out much detail about the unit, but it turns out that it was created by JungleTac, a company which is known for releasing all-in-one joypads with unlicensed, no not pirate, NES games on them. Some of these units are known as DreamGear and VsMaxx. They're most likely manufactured by JungleTac and then distributed by another company under the DreamGear and VsMaxx brand. One thing is for sure, JungleTac supplied the games.

Unlike the all-in-one joypads, the One Station is packed nicely in a hardcase cardboard box. Along with the handheld itself is packed an AV cable, for connecting the One Station to a TV. Also included is 3 AAA batteries, eventhough the box says they aren't included. Yes, these batteries are used to run the One Station. Finally a useless one page manual is included.

As mentioned, the One Station has TV hook-ups. This TV feature is said to be both NTSC and PAL compatible, however I have only been able to get it to run in NTSC format.

The size of the One Station is about the same, if not the same, as the Gameboy Advance Micro. I'd actually go as far as saying that they completely stole the design, but what do I care? :-)

The screen is a crisp clear 2.5" LCD screen, and I must add that the screen was a very pleasant surprise, compared to other clones with as the GameAxe and PocketFamicom. The unit requires 3 AAA batteries, though a battery pack is supposedly available, but I haven't seen it being sold anywhere.

On the front of the unit are a few buttons, a Reset and a Start/Pause button, and of course the obvious A, B and directon pad. Unfortunately there is no Select button. Cartridges goes into the top of the unit and sticks out of the unit, just like a Famicom cart in the PocketFamicom.

It's not hard, when you see the cartridge, to see where JungleTac got their inspiration. Yeah, it's quite obvious that the One Station is complete design rip off of the Gameboy brand.

The cartridge format is slightly different is slightly different if you take a closer look at the PCB though.

This where the similarity ends. The One Station is capable of running some sort of 16bit games aswell as 8bit games, 8bit games which are based on the Nintendo Entertainment System format. One can only wonder if their 16bit games are Super Nintendo compatible, but I kinda doubt it.

The following cartridges has been released for the One Station:

SUPER GAME POCKET 10 IN 1 (DIGITAL S1 16BIT)
TITLESCREEN
MENU
DEEP STORM
PINBALL FISH
JEWEL FEVER 2
DREAM BUBBLE
BUSY BONG
MAIC JELLY
PLUMBER
MR. ONION
GO. SMILE
SEEK THE RESOURCES

The highlights on this cart, in my oppinion, are:

Pinball Fish - an arkanoid clone.
Plumber - a very sweet platform game, but hard to control at times.
Mr. Onion - Kinda reminds me of Rodland.

SUPER GAME POCKET 10 IN 1 (DIGITAL S2 16BIT)
TITLESCREEN
MENU
TIGER RESCUE
FINAL ESCAPE
MAKE WAY
LUCKY QUE
CADDIE
GET THE MEET
POOL PRO
THE LOST WORLD
SUPER MOVE QUEST
FIND THE WAY

The highlights on this cart, in my oppinion, are:

Tiger Rescue - Very cool 1942 clone.
Final Escape - Fun puzzle game, plays a little like Adventures of Lolo.
Pool Pro - Good looking pool game, but a little hard to play.
Find The Way - Baby Boomer meets Duck Hunt dog and Super Mario World 2. (Boring!)

SUPER GAME POCKET 25 IN 1 (DIGITAL V1 8BIT)
TITLESCREEN
MENU
AERO ENGINE
BALL CLASH
BIG RACING
BLOCK OUT
BOUNCE
CATCH THE EGG
DANGEROUS ZONE
DART CHAMPION
ELFLAND
DUMP LORRY RACE
FANCY MATCH
GP RACE
GRASS CUTTER
HARD WIN
INSECT CHASE
JEWEL MASTER
LAST CABRA
MOTOR RALLY
MOVE FUN
OCEAN QUEST
PAINT MASTER
PINBALL TRACK
POOL PRO
RUNNER CAR
SPIN BALL

These 8bit games are quite weird if you ask me, while the titles are hilarious, most of the games themselves are pretty boring to be honest. Games like "Grass Cutter" where you, yes cut grass, and Bouce which is a pong spin-off. But there are a few nice ones on the cart, such as Aero Engine which has borrowed the game idea from Gradius I'm sure. Ball Clash which plays a lot like the Gameboy game called King of the Zoo. Dart Champion looks like it was ripped directly from Track & Field and most of the racing games have borrowed sound and such from Palcom's Road Fighter game (Konami).

A few golden oldies also made it to this cart, Paint Master which originally as Brush Roller and Jewel Master, originally known just as Jewel. Eventhough most games on this cart are crap, they should entertain you for a while :-)

SUPER GAME POCKET 25 IN 1 (DIGITAL V2 8BIT)
TITLESCREEN
MENU
FIRE FIGHTER
MR. ONION
ULTRA DOGGY
LOOP TENNIS
BEAN'S ADVENTURE
BEAT THE BIRD
BOMB FISH
BUBBLE BLSTER
BUMP CAR
CRAZY HIT
DELIVERY MAN
FLYING
AWAKE BABY
FREAK NUMBER
GO BANG
GOLDEN ARROW
IGLOO LAND
MONKEY N FOX
RAINBOW
ROAD STAR
SEA WAR
CONQUER SOUTH POLE
SPEEDY X-WAY
SUBMARINE WAR
WORM CATCH

Once again a batch of 25 games with weird titles. This one has some cool games though, such as Fire Fighter which reminds me a lot of the good old Game & Watch days. Beat the Bird seems to take on Duck Hunt. Bump Car reminds me of Bump 'n Jump. But basicly this 8bit cart is better than the first one, as there's a lot more playable games.

SUPER GAME POCKET 25 IN 1 (DIGITAL V3 8BIT)
TITLESCREEN
MENU
SPACE CASTLE
CHALLENGE 100
CONQUER SOUTH POLE
EXCEL RACING
VR RACING
FISH CATCHER
FISH QUIZ
BLOCK FLYING
FIRE FIGHTER
PUSH THE BALL
DELTA FIGHTER
GARDEN MAZE
LONELY ISLAND
PATH FINDER
LUCKY LAWN MOVER
ANIMAL POOL
PUSH THE BOX
RACING BOAT
SKY MISSION
STAR ALLY
TRACK & FIELD
THE NIGHT
VALIANT RESCUE
UNDER THE SEA
ZERO TIGER

The third and sofar last of JungleTac's own 8bit games. This cassette features a few repeats, such as "Conquer South Pole" and "Fire Fighter". Other than that and the fack that they stole yet another bit of Track and Field, there's not a whole lot to say. This is probably the worst of the JungleTac 8bit carts that doesn't feature pirate games :-)

25 IN 1 GAME VOLUME 1 (8BIT FAMICOM/NES GAMES)
MENU
ADVENTURE ISLAND 2
DOUBLE DRAGON 2
SUPER CONTRA
CODE NAME VIPER
SUPER CHINESE
8 EYES
BURAI FIGHTER
FAMILY J
TOKI NO KAGI DENETSU
BATTLE CITY
DONKEY KONG JR.
GALAGA
TOOBIN'
SUPER MARIO BROS.
1942
PAC-MAN
ALIEN 3
CHAMPIONSHIP LODE RUNNER
CIRCUS CHARLIE
DONKEY KONG
MAPPY
MARIO BROS.
PINBALL
ROAD FIGHTER
SUMMER CARNIVAL '92
YIE AR KUNG-FU
BALLOON FIGHT
BOMBERMAN
XEVIOUS
GOLF
POOYAN
POPEYE
PANIC RESTAURANT
TECMO WORLD CUP SOCCER
SUPER SPRINT

This is what it's all about, playing Famicom/NES games on the move. There are some quite interesting games on this cart, such as the amaznig shooter "Summer Carnival '92", but also the Japanese version of Panic Restaurant.

25 IN 1 GAME VOLUME 2 (8BIT FAMICOM/NES GAMES)
MENU
DOUBLE DRAGON 3
NINJA GAIDEN 3
DRAGON SPIRIT
CATTOU NINDEN
SHADOW OF THE NINJA
ALTERED BEAST
KUNG FU
MAHJONG 2
STAR FORCE
TECMO WORLD CUP SOCCER
EXCITEBIKE
ANTARCTIC ADVENTURE
BALTRON
GALAXIAN
TOWER OF DRUAGA
BIRDWEEK
FAMILY STADIUM
FAMILY TENNIS
FIELD COMBAT
MUSCLE TAG MATCH
PINBALL
BRUSH ROLLER
GOLF
MAIC JEWELERY
MAGMAX
CIRCUS CHARLIE
NINJA KUN
SKY KID
PAC MANIA
SHATTERHAND
SIDE POCKET
SNOW BROS.
IKKI
SUPER ARABIAN
BUBBLE BOBBLE PART. 2

Once again this cart has a few repeats, but is in general a lot nicer than the other NES game cart, as there's a lot more "late generation" games on this one.