Pokemon running on an E Ink Nook

A rooted Barnes & Noble Nook running Android and a Game Boy Color emulator plays Pokémon Blue.

A rooted Barnes & Noble Nook running Android 2.1 and a Game Boy Color emulator plays Pokémon Blue.

There's no doubt that the current generation of e-readers have the processing power to run older games, as evidenced by Pokémon Blue, a game built for an 8-bit processor, running here on the 800MHz Nook Simple Touch.

It's not the first time we've seen a game running on an E Ink screen and, while we're impressed by the alacrity with which the game runs on this mod by YouTube user ndncnbvcuyuys, we're now convinced that E Ink display technology just won't work for gaming.

In order to keep the game running up to speed, the mod deliberately circumvents the full-refresh between screens, leading to screen glitches and significant ghosting.

ndncnbvcuyuys also added multi-touch to the device. You can see more about how he did that on the YouTube video page, and see the game in action in the video below.

Of course, Barnes & Noble e-readers aren't available in Australia, but we love seeing how people are altering and personalising their devices.

 

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