Update: The GP2X is now available in the USA directly from Dynamism, and we're looking forward to serving up a review sometime in the not-so-distant future. In the meantime, here's a rebroadcast of our introductory post from last February:
$179 $199 Gamepark GP2X is a cool little handheld game console from Korea. What makes it cool? Well, it's an open-source platform based on Linux, designed to encourage homebrew game creation and world domination by cute but lethal cartoon penguins. Someone's already ported a version of the MAME arcade emulator which supports over 1000 vintage games. Other noteable hacks include Commodore 64 / SNES / SEGA Genesis / Atari ST emulators and a credible port of Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe (an open-source SimCity).
An S-Video TV output cable costs $10 and lets you play games on your big screen at resolutions up to 720 x 480. The handheld itself features dual ARM processors (one core, the other for graphics), 64MB RAM, 64MB flash memory, an SD card slot, USB 2.0, and a 320 x 240 color LCD. It's also capable of playing video in a multitude of formats: MPEG, MPEG4, AVI, DivX, XVid.