Play-Yan Micro with MediaStage 4.2 for Nintendo Reviews
Product: Play-Yan Micro with MediaStage 4.2 for Nintendo
From: Exscefan Belkin
Date: Wednesday 07 February, 2007
As for the Play-yan Micro, itself, all I can say is... wow! Through the use of an SD card, it allows you to store MP3 music and MP4 movies onto any Nintendo handheld capable of playing a GBA game. Before ordering this, I owned the GBA Movie Player, and although this lacks the ability to store pictures, text files, and freeware games, it is still the better of the two in terms of rewinding/fast-forwarding capabilities and it also gives you the ability to actually repeat a particularly desirable song, without having you manually do it yourself through the use of A-B repeat.
The sound is quite loud and clear when listening to music through its built-in head/earphone jack, although, when it comes to motion picture audio, the sound can be somewhat low and warbly.
The only things that really prevent me from giving it that fifth star is the fact that part of the picture on the top and bottom of the screen is cut off after the film is played back and every so often, one will encounter somewhat of a "ghosting" effect a la the Datel Max Media Player. Furthermore, there does not seem to be a way to switch back and forth between the Mario and Mr. Game & Watch themes. That is, once you switch to the Mario theme, there is no way to switch back. Moreover, I have also found that if you don't press "b" long enough, then after a film has played through its entirety, you can still press the "b" button to stop it, but everything freezes and it will not let you go back, thus forcing you to restart the handheld or reset the GC console.
In spite of its slight imperfections, if I had to choose between this and then NOT having portable handheld access at all to the movies that I like, then I would definitely choose this over that any day. As I stated earlier, my American GameCube is now a Panasonic Q, that is, a GameCube capable of playing actual audio CDs and DVDs, which, sadly, was never released outside of Japan. Beyond that, I can use either my GBA SP or Nintendo DS as a pseudo-portable CD player and as long as the storage space on the SD card is large enough, those days of switching DVD (or CD) discs and having to skip chapters to get to a menu are finally over.