I wasn't able to remove one of the screws so I couldn't open it completely, but as I expected, it's two separate boards connected with a short ribbon cable. Should be usable for a portable, but the only advantage I see is that the board is already in two pieces. Otherwise, seems to be just another 3rd party controller board.
I actually got this from a friend, so I don't know how much they go for.
Currently playing: Phantasy Star, Pokémon Black, Gran Turismo Sport You can call me Dr. Fibb
Instead of showcasing a single item for my feature, this week's oddity is only bizarre when you consider the sum of its parts. Since lovablechevy has already shown off her tower of power, I'd like to present my very own Knuckles the Echidna in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Game Genie Sega CD 32X Tower of Power!
As I said, no individual component of this tower is outlandish in its own right. In fact, the entire setup isn't even necessary. The Sonic games don't draw from the processing power of the 32X or the CD attachment, but of course this wouldn't be nearly as interesting without them. Sega did produce a few games for the Sega CD that also relied on the extra oomph of the 32X, but as far as I know, it's not possible to use the Game Genie for any Sega CD title.
Here it is in action, proving that at least some of the components function as expected. The Game Genie code entry comes up. Let's try a 99-lives code I found online for Knuckles in Sonic 2...
Yes! It appears to be working perfectly! The Tower of Power should work with any other Sega Genesis game rested on top of Sonic and Knuckles, but unless that other game is Sonic 3, I don't know that the Blue Spheres bonus game would get much use out of the Game Genie.
This week's FOOG Award goes to whoever can guess the correct height of the Sega Tower of Power to the nearest half inch. For instance, if it's 100 inches, I will accept a guess between 99.5 and 100.5 inches. HINT: It's not 100 inches tall.