The Nook Simple Touch isn’t a bad e-reader if you want a low-cost, tablet-style gadget, but it’s even better if you hack it. And what better project to work on than a nostalgic Nook hack that lets you play Sega titles like Sonic the Hedgehog?
A hardware modder known only as Sean rooted his Android-based Nook Simple Touch and installed a Sega Genesis emulator onto it. Sean doesn't get into too much detail as to how the hack came to be, but he used app called NoRefresh to keep the e-paper screen from constantly refreshing—somethign that could easily disrupt gameplay.
It seems the Android-based reader handles this sort of thing without much trouble—it can load side-scrollers like Sonic with little hesitation. There are a couple of issues, though. For one, the controls lag a little, and some games can cause on-screen image ghosting.
Still, it seems to be a pretty impressive hack. You can see more images of the Nook’s life as a gaming handheld on Sean’s photo gallery.
This story, "Hacked Nook Simple Touch plays Sega games, won't collect Chaos Emeralds for you" was originally published by TechHive.