I just got this in the mail (via Hong Kong Post, naturally). The box may say Xoomstation, but don`t be fooled- the console itself is of course a FUNstation. A FUNstation 3, no less (the caps are mine).
Now, I must declare upfront that this does not, as the box claims, have “unsurpassed 64-bit graphics and CD quality sound running at an awesome 94 MHz”- not even close, in fact. To be more to the point, the FUNstattion 3 is a Famiclone.
A Famiclone awesomely styled after the model 2 PlayStation 3. Even the controllers are styled after Playstation controllers, although due to their corded nature they more closely resemble PS2 controllers.
It also came with a frighteningly realistic light gun;
The controllers and gun are so light I was convinced, and still kind of am, that the shells are hollow. Seriously, the console, controllers and light gun weigh about as much as a single official NES cartridge. They also appear to have DB9 ends, much like an Atari 2600, Master System, and Sega Genesis/Mega Drive.
Inconsistencies aside, I was pretty pumped to give the thing a whirl, having never owned a FamiCLONE before and having several pirated originals that will not work on official Nintendo hardware. That is until I saw the AC adaptor;
What the fuck is this? What the fuck? The website I purchased this from said it was compatible with North American TVs and outlets. *Sigh* I don’t see myself paying $60 for a power converter to play a games on a $20 clone console, when I could play them much more reliably on one of my 4 officially licensed Famicom consoles…
It`s not a total loss, I suppose. It did come with a pirate multi-cart that I can add to my Famicom collection. Somehow I doubt there are a billion games on this thing, but `jewellery` sounds interesting…
And I guess it was only $20 with free shipping… and it is pretty neat and certainly a unique conversation piece, if nothing else. For some additional laughs, take a look at the instruction sheet it came with below (click for larger version). I love how the instructions feature a model 1 and 2 PS1 and a model 1 PS2 in the illustrations. Silly pirates.