Modder, YouTuber, and entrepreneur ‘wiggyx’ produced a Sega Nomad mod some years ago. Dubbed the Nomad X, this update equipped the Sega Nomad with a number of modern hardware features. This included a new, modern LED illuminated LCD screen created better clarity and reduced power drain. A new internal battery increased the length of time someone could play. The upgraded speaker also allowed for better sound clarity. While this sounds great, I’m saddened to say this was announced back in 2013. If you go to wiggyx’s original WordPress blog, you can see he announces that R&D is still ongoing.
Luck for us though, wigglyx did produce a video at the time, which you can watch below. In it, you’ll see just how better the Nomad X screen is in comparison to an original Sega Nomad model. Blacks are darker, the screen is brighter, and there is less blur when playing scrolling games (in this case, Sonic).
It unfortunately seems that the updated device never actually made it to launch. I am personally disappointed, as it’s a great upgrade for those who are less technically inclined. Still though, you can always give the Sega Nomad mod a go yourself. As we’ve detailed before, other people have created similar mods, and documented their experience. The LQ035NC211 is a popular choice for a screen, and can be used with the original screen housing.
If you are interested in updating your device, make sure to check out our ‘mods’ category for links and details of what’s been done. I do have to warn you to be careful not to damage your Sega Nomad beyond repair though. Getting a new Nomad through eBay is increasingly expensive, and you don’t want to destroy something you may not be able to replace.
If you’re curious as to what other things wiggyx has done, I’ll point you to his updated website over at Rose Colored Gaming.