The RG351M finally came up for sale on more than one site for $139.99. Not far from my guess of $145 but I think its too high. I'd like to pay $120. https://twitter.com/RKezins/status/1344843571346735104?s=19 https://retromimi.com/products/rg351m
Dr. Mario (Gameboy) was released 30 years ago on December 31, 1990. That definitely makes me feel old. I remember buying this at the K-Mart in Blacksburg, Virginia when I was 13. Sadly a K-Mart that hasn't existed in a long time. Unlike a lot of puzzle games at the time, Dr. Mario had an easier learning curve and great background music. Dr. Mario was a simple on the surface real-time action puzzler (puzzle) game. It was basically a falling block matching game in the spirit of Tetris which really was the game that started the portable puzzle game craze. While it's generally a pretty safe family friendly game today, the game was quite controversial when it came out. The US was still heavily winding up the war on drugs propaganda and anything remotely connected to drugs was often attacked by special interest groups. https://www.mariowiki.com/Dr._Mario_(game)
26 years ago on December 30, 1994, the North American SNES version of #Tetris & Dr. Mario hit shelves. Seems like only yesterday. Developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo on the SNES, the puzzle compilation saw success selling 6 million + copies and receiving mostly favorable reviews. I have fond memories of this game particularly the Multiplayer options. Definitely one of the top 25 greatest SNES cartridges.
Lots of talk about the PocketGo S30 Retro game console lately but how about a Pi with screen inside an actual SNES controller? Check out the link below. I'm still waiting on my S30 to arrive and came across this awesome idea on YouTube. https://youtu.be/toc8xajJsaI
Feel free to comment if you agree or disagree! If you are in the market for a retro handheld (ROM player), there are tons of options especially after the rocking year 2020 had with quality consoles coming out of China. Most people are looking for the best all around gaming options but if you are looking for something that's specifically good at playing Gameboy Advance (GBA) ROMs here's the 5 I think are the best: #1 RG351P $80-$90 I'm not the biggest fan of the RG351P but the screen aspect is absolutely perfect for GBA games and they look better without filters on the RG351P than the other options. Its a well built console that's perfect for on the go. The interface is simple and doesn't require a lot of knowledge like some systems. #2 RetroidPocket2 $80 The Retroid Pocket 2 is another excellent option for GBA games although the 351P does edge it out. The RP2 is not a good option for people who don't like to mess around with settings etc overall
The new Intellivision Amico looks cool but is it worth $250-$300? I don't think so. I have a feeling this will crash and burn especially when the new Microsoft and Sony consoles start heating up. The Amico was supposed to come out in 2020 originally but already faced manufacturing delays due to Covid. I love Retro Gaming obviously but they may be trying to blend retro and modern in a way that just doesn't work with this. Worth keeping an eye on but I haven't seen any reason to get excited about this other than the console looking pretty cool. https://www.intellivisionamico.com/
Still patiently waiting on the PocketGo S30 I ordered to arrive.... hoping to get it by next week at the latest. USPS has been very unreliable lately. A few reviews on the system have started popping up and they arent overly positive. From what I'm seeing the disappointing issues may be with build quality and poor viewing angles with the screen. I'm still keeping a mostly open mind about it since it only cost $60 (the price of a new game these days) and the form factor is great looking. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nszaY9eSuqY&feature=youtu.be
Pretty interesting news here. Check out the guide below on putting RetroArxg on the RG350 or RG280. With official support of this app, it definitely adds a little value to the 350 and 280 line from Abernic. https://retrogamecorps.com/2020/12/24/guide-retroarch-on-rg350-and-rg280-devices/
I'm definitely keeping an eye on the KT R1. It looks somewhat like a knockoff of the Retroid Pocket 2 but drastically more powerful. I assumed the R1 was just vaporware but it sounds like it might be legitimately in production soon. Obscure Handhelds posted some updated info on it. Link below. I'm not sure how interested I'll be at $200 if that's the price but I'm interested enough to keep a close eye on developments. Link below: https://obscurehandhelds.com/2020/12/the-kt-r1-could-be-the-one-youre-waiting-for/
$80 I've seen a little talk on Facebook about the Odroid Go Super that was just announced. Sub $100 price but Odroid is known for quality issues. I'm not a big fan of the screen size for retro gaming too but it's worth keeping an eye on this thing. It will be available for sale January 2021. Its always tough judging quality from photos but it doesn't look too sturdy to me (buttons and d-pad don't look that great) but it might be a pleasant surprise. What's weird about Odroid is that they release stuff that gets knocked off and copied but whoever knocks off their designs does it better. Lol. Maybe they are due for a big win though. I don't think I'll be buying one but I wouldn't mind getting my hands on one just to check it out. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=B9a0eOlX16s&feature=youtu.be What others are saying: Retro Dodo's Take On It
I have admired the incredible custom Gameboy Color mods by @jellybellycustoms on Instagram for a while now. I’ll definitely be ordering something in 2021. This glowing GBC Light is sick in a good way. Screen capture from IG. https://linktr.ee/jellybellycustoms
A Pico-8 powered demake of Doom called Poom. Demakes are rarely this interesting. I'm going to have to check out this 8-bit demake (not remake) of the classic Doom. Hit the link below for the video. You will not be disappointed! https://youtu.be/WxDqsAI35iw
Found a funny (yet sad) article about my old gaming blog which no longer exists but was fairly popular back in 2007/2008. https://kotaku.com/weekend-note-kezins-delenda-est-5065663 The particular infamous post about "Cosplay Cleavage" wasn't the only reason the site went under but it was one of them and we all ended up moving on to other things. This blog was started up right after I had left the 1Up Network where I worked as a news editor and marketing assistant for Gaming Today (FileFront) which was part of the 1Up Network and Ziff Davis Media. We had a lot of success with the site but also a lot of hurdles hard to overcome. The biggest lesson I learned was to never host a blog through GoDaddy even with a dedicated server and premium hosting options. After this huge article broke some of their servers, my site and URL was held hostage by them and rendered unusable for a considerable amount of time. In addition to causing a battle with GoDaddy which i u
Prices on the Abernic RG280V seem to be creeping downward a bit over the past week. Currently you can pick one up for $59.09 + $3.40 shipping from China (CN) on BangGood. Not that it's a bad system (it is a high quality build) but the specs were not really a jump forward. I think anywhere between $50-$60 it is a great buy. [US$69.99]ANBERNIC RG280V 16GB 7000 Games Retro Game Console with 16GB TF Card PS1 CPS1 GBA MD Mini Handheld Game Player 2.8 inch IPS HD Screen Video Games Equipment & Accessories from Consumer Electronics on banggood https://banggood.app.link/xTaK8iHCmcb *I have no affiliation with BangGood or Abernic and do not profit from this post. Just passing on the info.
Not sure if I'd go up to $300+ on this mod plus the cost of picking up a WC but it's in my Etsy Wishlist. I've always wanted a modded Wonderswan color console and this shop's mods look clean. Link below! https://www.etsy.com/listing/721160048/true-backlit-mod-wonderswan-color-bandai
Possibly just Vaporware but there's a new device making waves in the rumor circkes.... the KT R1, 4" 800x600 screen with specs that sound like they'll run Dreamcast emulation smoothly but at the supposed price tag of $200. The console looks like a knockoff of the Retroid Pocket 2 with the left thumstick above the d-pad. I haven't seen anything to indicate that even a test model had been produced so I wouldn't hold my breathe on this actually happening and the $200 Rumored price point might be a bit steep to get much action. If you have any info on this device, feel free to drop it in the comments. SOC: amlogic s922x RAM: lddr4 2g / 4g STORAGE: emmct5.1 16-128g & tf slot NET:: wifi5 & BT OS: 64 bit Android 9 with Vulkan SCREEN: 4 "800x600 4: 3 BATTERY: 5000mah, 25w fast charge CONTROLLER : full buttons with lr3 VIBRATION: linear resonant actuator SPEAKER: dual speakers SIZE: 153 x 76 x 18 mm
We know it’s coming out soon and perhaps within weeks. My biggest curiosity with the RG351M from Abernic is if there will be some improvements and upgrades other than just the housing https://youtu.be/-Wn6TMAbdxc
No one knows when or if the Retroid Pocket 3 will happen but it will be a day 1 pickup from me. The RP2 is excellent but still flawed. Here's what I want to see with the Retroid Pocket 3: 🔥 6 Face Buttons instead of 4 🔥 L3/R3 added to the sticks 🔥 Designed for Android 8 or 9 🔥 Rubber Grips on the Back 🔥 Metal Housing Variant 🔥 More than 1GB RAM 🔥 Overhaul of Retroid OS 🔥 Internal SD Card Accessible 🔥 Make Parts More Available 🔥 Touch Screen If they make all of those additions which I doubt will happen, I'd gladly pay double or more. The RP2 wasn't far from being perfect. https://www.goretroid.com/products/retroid-pocket-2-handheld-retro-gaming-system
Retroid Pocket 2 Review - $84.99 Score 💖 8.5/10 The Good 🔥Price 👍Build Quality 👍Handles PS1/PSP/N64 Well 👍Comfortable Form Factor 👍Great Customer Service The Bad 👎Android 8 Is Buggy 😬Plastic Material Feels Slick 💩Retroid OS is a Mess 👎Takes a Lot of Tweaking 👎Delivery Is Slow 👎Face Buttons Are a Bit Small All in all, for the price there aren't many complaints about this system. While its not my favorite handheld, its very close and I find myself using it more and more the longer I have it. I'd definitely suggest buying one or two at the current price because they will not be in production forever. There are some flaws with the system but it really gives us a glimpse at where the future of handheld emulation systems are headed. One pleasant surprise with this system was also that the GoRetroid customer service team is excellent and responsive. In the lower cost realm of handheld game consoles in the emulation world, the Retroid Pocket 2 is with no
2020 has been an exciting time for emulation systems and it looks like we'll be headed into 2021 with some momentum to with a few systems still yet to be out before the end of the year. Here's what's likely available soon: Digidock 2 Gameforce RK3326 DragonBox Pyra GKD Mini FunKey S ESP32 Mini Game Box RG351M (Rumored Dec/January) GPD Win 3 (Pre-Orders start in January). I'd love to test them all but if I was choosing interest just for myself personally I'm keeping an eye on the Digidock 2 mainly for the DIY factor where you can set it up with your choice of hardware and software. Is it worth the cost? I don't have the answer for that yet. The Gameforce RK3326 interests me mainly on aesthetics at this point. The RG351M will be a day 1 purchase for me as soon as Abernic makes it available.
Word on the street is that the Gameforce RK3326 should be appearing for sale at some point during the next 2 weeks. Its definitely on my watchlist so I'm just waiting to see the price point. If money was no object I'd buy every handheld but unfortunately it definitely is an object at a certain point. What really attracts me to the Gameforce is the aesthetic more than the specs. The specs are by no means overwhelming but 640x480 on an RK3326 system certainly makes it an option. If the price is right I'll probably order one just for the looks. Most GBA-ish style consoles look terrible. This one looks great from the few images and videos I have seen. Obscure Handhelds had a nice WRITE-UP on it a couple months back worth reading. Image below from the article. https://obscurehandhelds.com/2020/10/the-gameforce-rk3326-handheld-looks-like-a-gba-descendant/
The future of handheld PC gaming looks like its starting to really ramp up... it comes at a big price tag though (and likely worth it). If you haven't checked out the OneGX 1 Pro model from One-Netbook you need to do so now but break out the checkbook too. Hit the link below for specs: https://www.1netbook.com/onegx1-pro/ Unfortunately for me this is way outside my budget but I'm hoping to at least get to check one out one day. The tech advances and manufacturing advances going on now will likely increase the quality of lower end options as well. As I'm more geared towards retro gaming this beast would be a bit of overkill but I still want to check one out. Only thing I notice that I don't like for sure is the button style d-pad.
There are some Android games that are an excellent match for the RP2. Sace being an issue on most people's RP2 setups I'm sticking with mostly sub 100MB games. *Note: To avoid running hot, turn Wi-Fi Off for some Android games. Text in some games is wonky in areas but the games are still playable. Perhaps upgrading to Android 8 will help one the problems with that are ironed out. STARDEW VALLEY There are very few people who haven't heard about Stardew Valley. It's a knockoff of Harvest Moon but perhaps better than HM. The game works flawlessly with the Retroid Pocket 2 and autodetects the control setup from the start. Doom & Destiny Doom & Destiny is a satirical RPG but pretty fun and a decent experience. There's a couple events where text is an issue on the RP2 but nothing game breaking. The game uses a classic JRPG battle system with standard turn based elements but also "hate" mixed in which causes the enemies more rage based on th