24 Games Of Christmas! Day #18: Powkiddy X18S

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As has become an annual tradition at DDNet, we are here to help you count down towards Christmas! One new game every day for the 24 days from December 1 to Christmas Eve. Think of it as a kind of Advent Calendar, if you will, giving you new tips and ideas for games to pick up and play at that rare time of year where everyone does have a little more time to indulge their favourite hobbies.

Also, it’s an excuse to post pictures of cute anime girls in Christmas gear every day. I won’t deny that we love doing that too.

Day #18: Powkiddy X18S
This isn’t technically a game, but it opens you to a world of gaming brilliance, and has quickly become one of my favourite devices of all time. The Powkiddy X18S isn’t perfect (you’ll want a Bluetooth controller rather than relying on the console’s face buttons, that’s for sure), but what it does do perfectly is emulate up to and including Nintendo 64, PlayStation 1 (and even a little bit of PS2) and Dreamcast games. Throw in a big enough memory card and you can have almost the entire history of video games up until the new century in your pocket, to play whenever you’d like.
It goes without saying how perfect this device is for the Christmas experience. It’s light and portable enough to take with you on trips, it has the capacity to play whatever you’re in the mood for (whether a short little game, or a deep and involved RPG), and because it runs on Android, it also operates as a useful social media and streaming device for when you’re not in the mood for games. It’s a delightful device, and a sign that the future of emulation gaming is bright indeed.

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