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3 Places To Find Quality Vintage Posters Online

 Vintage Posters For Retro Inspiration 'Angels From Hell' Movie Poster Aside from just "retro" gaming, I have heavy interests in "retro" art (vintage) and works like vintage movie and travel posters. Most video games were heavily inspired by other art mediums, so I see it all as related. All links and images here are for educational and research purposes only.  This post focuses on 3 categories: Vintage Movies, Video Game Posters & Vintage Travel Posters.  Harry Ransom Center | University of Texas -  Movie Poster Collection (200+ [LINK] This movie poster collection (with high res downloads) at the above link is a great place to start when looking for vintage poster inspiration. The downloads are for research and education purposes only unless otherwise noted.  The University of Texas has a collection of over 10,000 vintage movie posters. Hopefully they are all online one day!  'Battle Beneath The Earth' Movie Poster Archive.org | Retro Game Poste

RG351V: AmberELEC 20220627 Sanshiro Tower Available

  The latest update to AmberELEC is out and highly recommended.  Decided to take a break from newer devices this week and check out the latest update to AmberELEC (Previously known as 351Elec) on the RG351V with a fresh install of the latest AmberELEC (20220627 Sanshiro Tower).  This version of AmberELEC is also available for the RG351P/M, RG351MP, & RG552.  Download the latest AmberELEC files from the following link or update via WiFi on the device:  https://github.com/AmberELEC/AmberELEC/releases I also decided to use PortMaster (developed by the ArkOS developer) instead of AnberPorts which I had used previously.  Some games, you'll get considerably better performance out of the Linux port than you will from emulating a console ROM.  https://github.com/christianhaitian/PortMaster The latest update to AmberELEC includes a lot of changes. The biggest I've noticed is that loading times are noticeably faster on the 351V from what I've checked out so far.  Improvements Inc

KT R1C Specs [Upcoming Retro Handheld]

 We've been talking about the KT R1C (Previously thought to be KTR1 [Cancelled] since 2020 and it looks like the handheld might be produced and ready to go in the near future.  All information below should be considered Speculative Until Final Product! KT R1C Render KT R1C Specs Company: KT Model: R1C Price: $170+ SKUs: Possibly 2-4 or More Screen 4.5" Tempered Glass (OCA) IPS Touch-Screen, 3:2 Aspect 1620x1080 (432.67 PPI)  Form: Landscape  OS: Android 12 Emulation Performance: Up to GameCube/Wii and possibly a little 3DS/PS2 SoC: MediaTek Helio G99 CPU: Cortex-A76 (2x), Cortex-A55 (6x) 8 Cores Total, 8 Threads CPU Clock: 2.0 GHz- 2.2 GHz Architecture: ARM GPU: Mali-G57 MC2 GPU Clock: 1068 MHz RAM: 3,4,6 or 8GB LPDDR4X  Battery: 5000 mAH  Cooling: Custom heatsink, fan, Vents D-pad: Cross, Multiple Placement Options  Analogs: Dual Thumb-sticks w/ L3/R3, Multiple Placement Options  Face Buttons: 4 Shoulder Buttons: 4 Horizontol  Other Buttons: Power, Volume +/-, Home, Hotkey/Me

Anbernic RG503 Review [Stock OS]

Anbernic RG503 Review [Stock OS] *Note: These are Initial Out of the Box Findings! I plan to do a more thorough review when the custom OS/Firmware Options for this device are more ready.  In short,  what you are paying for with the RG503 is a big screen and a nice D-pad!  Anbernic RG503 Review Anbernic RG503 Specs Device: Anbernic RG503  Released: April 2022 Average Price: $135-$150 USD Stock OS: Custom Batocera Linux  Form Factor: Landscape SoC: RK3566 CPU: Cortex A55 4X CPU Cores/Threads: 4/4 CPU Clock Speed: 1.8GHz Architecture: ARM GPU: Mali-G52 2EE GPU Clock Speed: 850 MHz RAM: 1GB LPDDR4 Screen: PlayStation Vita 1000/1001 Screen/16:9/ 4.95" OLED/ 960x544 (222.91 PPI) w/ Plastic Screen Lens  Battery 3500 mAH Cooling: None D-Pad: Upper Cross Analogs: Lower Dual Thumb-stick w/ R3/L3 Function Face Buttons: 4 Shoulder Buttons: Horizontol non-Stacked L1/L2/R1/R2 Other Buttons: Power/Reset/Volume Up & Down/Function  Charge Port: USB-C x2 (Top) Storage: Dual External microSD  Co

My Anbernic RG503 Is Arriving Tomorrow

 I had originally taken a soft pass on getting the Anbernic RG503 but changed my mind and decided to give the handheld a look. Perhaps it was the latest RetroArena video that changed my mind plus the fact that I like the look of the 353P even less than this one... https://www.retrokezins.com/2022/05/why-anbernic-rg503-gets-pass-from-me.html Regardless, I'll be checking it out this week and posting my impressions on it. I don't expect to like this handheld but I have surprised myself in the past with some buys. The OLED screen will likely be the main thing I like about this one. 

Blue Miyoo Mini With Buttons and Stickers From SakuraRetroModding

 Decided to customize my blue Miyoo Mini with some face buttons and stickers from SakuraRetroModding and I'm loving the results. The "Clear Pink" face buttons are slightly translucent and look a little different in different lighting. I love that they have a slight texture to them so that's an improvement over the slick feel of the originals. I thought bright pink and light blue would end up going well together. It's definitely a 1980s color scheme that gives the Miyoo Mini an extra retro vibe.   https://www.etsy.com/shop/SakuraRetroModding Before & After Photos: Original Miyoo Mini Blue V2 Look Miyoo Mini V2 Back Original Clear Pink Buttons Added Stickers

New Anbernic RG353V Image Floating Around

 A new image of the Rumored RG353V is floating around. It closely resembles the original RG353 patent so it could be close to real. I expect to hear something official in the near future. Anbernic has been working on this one since last year.  I'm not a fan of the thumb-stick placement on this but I am a sucker for verticals and this would be a more powerful handheld than the 351V. With the same SoC as the RG503, we'd have a vertical handheld capable of running N64, Vita and Dreamcast With No Problem.  Original Rumor:  https://www.retrokezins.com/2021/10/updated-rg-351v-with-dual-thumbsticks.html Image Source:  https://www.reddit.com/r/SBCGaming/comments/v5xhhx/what_will_rg353v_look_like/

Added a Miyoo Mini Information Page

  I decided to add a permanent Miyoo Mini information page to collect all the important information, links to setup guides, etc. All in one place.  https://www.retrokezins.com/p/miyoo-mini-v1v2-guides-info.html If there's any links you think should be added to this work in progress, feel free to comment below! The Miyoo Mini has quickly become my favorite sub $60 retro handheld option. 

My Miyoo Mini V2 Arrived (Blue)

Miyoo Mini V2 FTW w/ Photos  Finally got my hands on the 2nd version of the Miyoo Mini today. Arriving in a Miyoo branded case was a nice touch although I do like to have boxes. Can't do unboxing photos so guess this will be uncasing photos.  Included is the case which is a pretty decent and protective one,  the V2 Miyoo Mini, 32GB microSD card (w/Firmware etc on it), small USB-C cable, manual and a USB card reader. I wouldn't suggest using that card reader unless it's your only option. Same goes for the included card.  I plan to install a fresh MinUI custom Firmware (CFW) on my own card and get started on testing this one out so I can post a review by the weekend. I'll be following the guide from Retro Game Corps like I do with most handhelds.  https://retrogamecorps.com/2022/05/15/miyoo-mini-v2-guide/  After that,  I'm just waiting on some face buttons from SakuraRetroModding to give it a more custom look.  https://www.etsy.com/shop/SakuraRetroModding I purchased

PowKiddy RGB20S Has Been Released

  The PowKiddy RGB20S has released but I'm going to safely assume that it's a bit of a downgrade from the original RGB20 just like the RGB10S was an uninspired slapped together upgrade that was really a step backwards.  I was going to do a review on the RGB10S but it's such an underwhelming experience, I decided to not even bother with it. It's basically just going to sit on my shelf permanently.   $79.99 isn't necessarily a terrible price for this one but you can do better at that that price point today.  https://powkiddy.com/products/powkiddy-rgb10s-3-5-inch-4-3-ips-oga-screen-open-source-handheld-game-console-special-back-button-childrens-gifts Just from photos,  the RGB20S looks like a poor design with buttons and sticks too close to each other to be comfortable and the build quality looks to be pretty cheap too.. possibly worse than the RGB20 build quality.  Regardless, the RGB20S gets a hard pass from me. 

Two Best Under $60 Micro Retro Game Handheld Options

 The market is packed full of "cheap" handhelds, but there aren't many under $60 that are actually good. Two that stick far out of the crowd are the PowKiddy V90 (I have three of them) and the Miyoo Mini (I only have 2 for now). Your best option for ordering either of these at a reasonable price is from the official PowKiddy and Miyoo stores on AliExpress. There are two new versions of the Mini coming out soon as well (translucent blue and translucent black).  Miyoo Mini  The Miyoo Mini sells for between $50 and $60 on average and is well worth the price. The ergonomic design has a premium feel and good for long gaming seasons which is unusual for a handheld this small. Flashing CFW on the Mini is essential and not the most user friendly process so I can only highly recommend this device to people who are fluent in firmware flashing processes or willing to read directions and learn.  My Miyoo Mini Review (Hasn't Been Updated for the latest OnionOS): https://www.retrok

Anbernic RG280M Review (Second Look mid-2021)

***The 280M is back on Sale on Amazon!! Still a great buy in 2022. $55 https://twitter.com/RetroGameCorps/status/1523379653515247617?t=_aoiD47MqN849tJYtj6okA&s=19  *** Anbernic RG280M Review (Second Look) Original Release Date: June, 2020 While the Anbernic RG280M (M for Metal) is getting fairly old in the world of retro handheld emulation (a year old is OLD in this realm), it's still a very viable option especially if you find it cheap. I purchased another recently for $55.99 on Amazon myself. The Handheld was $109.99 a year ago and the current MSRP is $81.99 which is a fair price. $100+ was a bit steep even a year ago but it's now a great price. 2020 was an insane year for retro handhelds with one release after another and the 280M got lost in that shuffle especially being released a month apart from the 350P and not long after the 350M. Overall Score: 8.6/10  The Good   🍬Very pocketable  🍬Build Quality is Top Notch  🍬Battery Life Is Good (6.5-8 Hours per C

ArkOS Support For RK3326 Devices Winding Down

  Good Find by RGC on Twitter! It looks like the developer for ArkOS believes he has squeezed all he can out of RK3326 retro handheld devices, so support will start winding down.  There's definitely no shortage of RK3326 devices (Anbernic RG351V being my favorite) and despite a market oversaturated with this SoC, we haven't seen the end of them. PowKiddy is releasing the RGB10S in April and I'm sure we'll see even more after that.  ArkOS and 351ELEC definitely made all the RK3326 devices better and the community developers are responsible for that.  I think RK3326 devices are still a good buy for PS1 and below emulation, but recent handhelds like the RP2+ can handle N64 and beyond emulation much better. For now,  it seems like the best $ for $ emulation options for N64 and up will be Android devices. I'm not the biggest fan of Android but it is what it is.... https://github.com/christianhaitian/arkos/wiki/Announcement#312022

Elden Ring Early On Is Easier & Harder Than Souls-like Games

  I'm not too deep into Elden Ring yet but I'm impressed with what I'm experiencing so far. I'm still in the "early" part of the game and slowly progressing.  While there are some incredibly tough opening area enemies and bosses (probably tougher than what we ran into with Souls games at first), the game is actually far more approachable for people who aren't perfect at combat skills. The addition of being open level, stealth and easier level progression, it really gives you time to get into the game. If you aren't ready for the tough battles, there are plenty of pretty easy fights especially using stealth, and you can locate (activate) a LOT of the Sites of Grace without fighting anyone which makes traveling (Using fast travel) convenient later on. You can also summon NPC allies to fight with you early on. So far, I have no luck connecting to servers, so haven't been able to test out co-op.  I'm still far to early into the game to have any in-

Xbox Game Pass: March 2022 Games

Xbox Game Pass  I only recently jumped back into the Xbox scene,  but I definitely have to say that the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gets me a lot more $ for $ than online subscriptions from Sony and Nintendo. I recently canceled my PS Now and Apple Arcade subscriptions, so my only online game service  subscriptions left are Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Google Play Pass (Android), PlayStation Plus, and Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass.  While most of my gaming interests are in retro and classic gaming,  Xbox Series X|S has a nice balance of old and new games along with great emulation options using Dev Mode!  https://retrogamecorps.com/2021/09/11/guide-xbox-series-s-x-and-xbox-one-emulation/ Games Leaving Xbox Game Pass in March:  Titanfall (March 1) Games Leaving "Soon" (Some Were Supposed To Already Be Gone): Kingdom Hearts III Tohou Luna Nights Hypnospace Outlaw Stealth Inc. 2 Killer Queen Black Unlike PlayStation Plus where you can play a game forever as long as you subscri