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Tapwave Zodiac Owners Celebrate the Release of LJZ 29

wraggster writes " Tapwave Zodiac owners today enjoyed the Release of a major multiple system emulator called LittleJohn Z that includes such systems as Snes, Genesis, PC Engine, Nes, GBC, Wonderswan and NeoGeo Pocket. Sites such as Zodiac Gamer & Zodiac Emulation have more information on this release."
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Tapwave Zodiac Owners Celebrate the Release of LJZ

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  • Could be useful (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Jerrith ( 6472 ) on Tuesday August 31, 2004 @11:08PM (#10125120) Homepage
    Saw one of these in CompUSA the other day, but wasn't all that impressed, and there didn't seem to be much software. Something like this software though could really make it a neat little piece of hardware to have. Nice display at the front of the store, how well are they selling?
    • They're not exactly mainstream, but there is a small following dedicated to their Zodiacs. [] and [] are the two big sites that I know of, though there is a lot of info repeated between the two.

      Tapwave only recently started offering the Zodiacs retail - they were only available thru the Tapwave website for the first few months.

      It's a PalmOS 5 device that happens to have a slightly different form factor. Or, at least, that's what I tell my boss when I get cau
  • zodiac (Score:5, Interesting)

    by BTWR ( 540147 ) <americangibor3&yahoo,com> on Tuesday August 31, 2004 @11:42PM (#10125309) Homepage Journal
    i'm sorry, I disagree with the other poster. The Zodiac has the potential for greatness. It's seems to be a very "do/modify-it-yourself" device. My predicition is that the mod community will be more influential than the commercial programs available for it...
  • Other devices? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by dnobel ( 716850 ) on Wednesday September 01, 2004 @12:46AM (#10125607)
    Does this mean that a port may be in store for other Palm OS PDAs? I wouldn't mind taking something similar for a spin on my treo 600...
    • I'd love to see something like this for my UX50...
    • Probably have to wait for the Hi-Res version of the Treo to support similar screen dimensions to the Game Boy Advanced, et al


    • No. The Zodiac has an advanced graphics chip (ATi if I'm not mistaken) that lets it render things the Treo could never do. Also, lower res screens on the Treo don't help...
      • While it is true that LJZ uses the ATI image chip for some of the operations, this could be ported to the rest of PalmOS with a rewrite of some of the image/screen functions.

        The code's GPL. Get crackin' folks! There was a hold up for a while development because the source couldn't be released with current Tapwave SDK license agreements. I assume that has been fixed. During that time, the author lamented that he might make the emulator PalmOS 5 instead.
    • It might, but probably not. Zodiac has the widescreen Palm display that's only available (as far as I know) on the Zodiac and one of the PalmOne Tungsten models (the T? I forget.) It also has beefier sound, the ATi graphics processor mentioned in an earlier reply, and the analog stick. If the game or emulator's designed for those, it may have alternate controls for the Treo, but don't be surprised if it doesn't.

      There are a bunch of games that were designed for "regular" Palm devices that don't work on
  • Okay, looking at the price for the Zodiac 2:





    I said, $399



    Do I think this costs too much?


    Maybe I'd get one if they vastly reduced the price.

    •'s the highest spec PalmOS device on the market, with more features/specs than the T3. So expect it to cost a bit...personally, with the 128mb version, I think it's a damn steal at that price.

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