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My Personal Game Handheld Rotation (Retro Gaming)

Personal Most Used Video Game Handhelds Today While I test out tons of handhelds, only a few make it into my personal regularly used rotation. The rest become shelf candy, or something to give away/trade. By the end of 2022, I'm sure my rotation will change considering a lot of interesting options like the Steam Deck are just around the corner.  These are the 5 handhelds that are in my personal regularly used rotation at the moment:  #1 Nintendo Switch    I'm still rolling with the v2 Switch and don't see myself upgrading to the OLED model or downgrading to the Lite in the future. If Nintendo wants more of cash for hardware, I'm going to need a serious upgrade. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the Switch but I still play it consistently for some reason or another. Perhaps it's just the convenience factor.  The Switch library is an excellent mix of modern and retro gaming. I honestly never use it with the Dock too. It's pretty much just

Review: Hori Split Pad Pro

Review: Hori Switch Split Pad Pro (Volcanic Red)  SKU:NSW-300U I was a little on the fence paying $49.99 at my local GameStop for the Split Pad Pro from Hori but was not disappointed at all. Originally released in 2020 it has been around a while but can still be found on shelves.  https://stores.horiusa.com/switch-split-pad-pro-black/ Overall Score-  90% A- The Good   💙Wide Ergonomic Grip Makes the Switch Feel Lighter  💙Larger Buttons & Larger Analog Sticks 💙Programmable Back Paddles 💙Accurate & Responsive D-pad The Bad   😢No Rumble  😢Slightly Less Battery Life All in all I was surprised how ergonomic this controller option is. It should be noted that this is a controller for Handheld Mode Only as it has no wireless capabilities.  If that and the lack of Rumble, gyroscopic aiming, motion controls or a NFC reader don't bother you,  this gem from Hori is an excellent option especially for shooters and high action games. This

Eneba Is Great For Building Up a Steam Deck Library (Cheap)

I already use places like Humble Bundle and Fanatical but decided to check out Eneba for the first time and was not disappointed. Picked up 8 games and some DLC for a total of $6.35.  Eneba.com In essence Eneba is a marketplace where people sell unused Steam keys and other keys for cheap prices. I was a little skeptical but dropping a little over $6 bucks wasn't too big of a risk and every key I bought worked.  Over time I'm trying add extra options to my Steam Deck lineup and with this transaction added Enclave, Two Worlds, Two Worlds II, Atari Vault, Topware RPG Collection, Fallout, Disciples III and X-Blades to the library. Not bad at all!  I'm still stuck in the Q1 2022 Steam Deck club so I still have at least 3 months to wait.  These games were all GLOBAL keys and activated on Steam using a US account. 

Anbernic RG280M Review (Second Look mid-2021)

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 Charge) 🍬Dual microSD Slots  🍬Great Value at Current Prices The Bad  👎Limited Emulation Performance At This Point 👎Power Indicator (LED) Located In A Distracting Spot 👎

Anbernic RG300X: Specs, Price & Info

Anbernic RG300X When it comes to cheap sub $100 budget retro emulation handhelds, Anbernic is well known for quality options.  Initial Hands Off Impression   The Good -It looks great -Pocketable -Excellent Screen -Looks well-built  The Bad -A little overpriced -Not much of an upgrade over cheaper options  I'll likely sit this handheld out myself but it's still a potential option for collectors and anyone who just really likes the look. I think it will be a good handheld although a little overpriced at the moment. I'd drop $70 or less on it no questions myself.  The RG300X dropped today at the price of $87.99-$95.99 depending on the size of included MicroSD card. It's generally best to use your own card with a fresh firmware install with these devices so I'd advice against spending $95.99. Personally I think the price should have been around $60-$70... https://www.anbernic.com/phone/eac_phone_sel_one?eng_ApplianceVo.eac_id=77 Emulation-wise it

Steam Deck/ Nintendo Switch Size Comparison

I think the Nintendo Switch vs Steam Deck arguments are silly considering both have different target consumers but a size comparison is interesting to really get an idea of how big the Deck is.  I don't think size will be a huge issue because it looks to be very ergonomically designed. It may look strange but most great designs look strange at first. Can't wait to get my hands on the Deck. 

GB Operator Looks Like an Interesting Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance Cartridge Option

One new product from Epilogue that is on my radar is the GB Operator which is a way to play GB, GBC and GBA cartridges on your computer (Windows/Mac/Linux). If it works well, it could be a great option for backing up saves and playing/storing original carts instead of dealing with ROMs from others on your computer. The primary emulator used is the well-known mGBA.  According to the site, in addition to playing cartridges (through emulation) the device is set up to detect whether cartridges are original or pirated bootleg carts which could be a great tool for collectors for only $49.99. I can't speak to the quality of the device as I haven't got my hands on one yet.  https://www.epilogue.co/product/gb-operator Ships in August, 2021... What Others Are Saying:  RetroDodo GB Operator Review

Retro Games I'm Playing This Week

Not a lot going on right now with SBC handheld releases so I've been spending most of my time playing Nintendo Switch games. I don't anticipate reviewing any handhelds for a little while other than the Gameboy-ESP32 I purchased from Myretrogamecase.com . I should have a review up for this purchase next week.  Just finished playthroughs for BioShock and BioShock 2 on the Switch. Both games are still as great as they were the first few times I beat each on other platforms.  The summer sale is pretty good as usual so I bought Borderlands GOTYE, Borderlands 2 GOTYE, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel UE, BioShock Infinite, Castlevania Collection, Contra Collection, Dex, Paratopic, Sun Wukong VS Robot, and Super Bomberman R Online all for the Switch over the past couple of weeks. It's not true gaming without buying the same games multiple times.  I also decided to go back and replay a lot of SEGA Genesis Games to fully develop my Top 100 SEGA Genesis Games of all-time list.

Top 100 SEGA Genesis Games: #99 Kid Chameleon

Top 100 SEGA Genesis Games #99 Game: Kid Chameleon Platform: SEGA Genesis Developer: STI Publisher: SEGA Genre: Platformer Year: 1992 I liked Kid Chameleon a LOT when it came out back in 1992 but it has dropped way down on my list since that time.  Back in the day beating this game was a rare feat as it had 100+ stages most of which are really challenging and the cartridge had no save or password feature so it had to be beat in one sitting. More modern gamers are probably unfamiliar with the times when you'd have to leave your game and console running when you left the house to avoid losing progress and this was one of those games that required that strategy. Fortunately today there are ways to play it with saves.  The plot is kind of strange replaying it but probably had a little more value back in the day when the idea of VR games seemed very futuristic. In this game the boss of a VR game called 'Wild Side' is abducting players into the game. It

GameForce Chi RK3326 Two Weeks After Review

I reviewed the GameForce Chi (RK3326) two weeks back and my score of 8.3/10 still stands. When it comes to RK3326 devices I'm only using the RG351V and GameForce with regularity at this point.  https://www.retrokezins.com/2021/05/review-gameforce-rk3326-handheld-chi.html While my score remains the same I do have to say I am definitely pleased with my purchase.  I made a couple minor tweaks to the system including adding some padding behind the face buttons which was suggested by others in Discord which has mostly eliminated the button travel issue and added some Vita style thumb grips. I still have future plans to work on the LEDs a little bit and add Vita thumb-sticks (haven't gotten around to that yet) but nothing major planned.  You can purchase the GameForce at GameForce.fun .  GameForce Guides:  So far I've only seen one good guide for the GameForce over at Retrogamecorps.com and it will likely be the definitive guide that covers all the basics:  https://r

Playdate Handheld Pre-Orders Start in July

I'm not sure if I'm interested in Playdate at $179 (Not including taxes and shipping) but it's still an interesting handheld to keep an eye on. It looks like it will finally be available for pre-order in July.  While the price is a BIT steep, the tiny handheld does appear to be well built and well designed.  From everything seen, quality will likely not be an issue. For the price you get the Playdate, a cable, user guide and access to 24 indie type games (2 per week for four months).  A magnetic screen cover will run you $29 and it looks like there is a stereo dock in the works.  A B&W non backlit screen and underwhelming specs doesn't excite me too much at this price point. I think the only thing that could sell me on this system is if the games coming out for it are really good and designing games for it is easy. Buying one once you include taxes and shipping will run you slightly more than a DS Lite. That seems like a tough sell to me. I wouldn't mind having

Amazing Game Boy Advance Mod: Wood + Resin = Fire 🤯

I'm a big fan of all the Game Boy Advance mods that have been hitting the scene lately but this one posted by retrocnc on Instagram might be the coolest yet.  There are some pretty cool aluminum cast face buttons and d-pads on his site as well.  I hope the wood + resin shell becomes available for purchase at some point. I like it even more than all the custom aluminum housings we've seen a lot of for GBA.  https://retro-cnc.com/

Review: GameForce RK3326 Handheld (CHI)

Overall Score - 8.3/10 There's a lot to like about the GameForce and some things to not like but the high res 4:3 screen on a horizontal RK3326 device with awesome ergonomics make this one a great 4:3 option just slightly behind the 351V overall .  GameForce Gaming Handheld CPU: ROCK-CHIP RK3326 Quad-core Cortex-A35 up to 1.5Ghz GPU: Mali-G31MP2 Memory: 1GB DDR3L Screen: 3.45 inches TFT IPS screen, non OCA Resolution 640X480, Response time 10-15ms, Viewing angle 85 degree Charge and Data port: USB-Type C Charging voltage: 5V. 2A Battery: 3000 mAh Memory Card support: TF card, up to 512GB WiFi: WiFi Built-in, 2.4Ghz band Backlights: 7 Colors LEDs Dual Speakers Dual Joysticks (ALPS, same as PS VITA) Dual Vibration Motors System: EmuELEC and RetroArch (Officially supported by EmuELEC with a 4.1 build specific to the GameForce) Scores are always fairly arbitrary when going from reviewer to reviewer and subjective. I often debate whether to even use them but 8.3/10 is my est

Persona 5 Strikers Has Sold 1.3 Million Copies

It looks like Persona 5 Strikers is a success with gamers.  I enjoyed my first playthroygh of the game. It was shorter than I expected and completed my first playthrough in around 34 hours of gameplay.  My opinions of the game are somewhat mixed but mostly favorable. I originally thought the game would just end up being Dynasty Warriors with a Persona paint job but it really did become a game that can stand on its own apart from both.  I feel like it would have been a lot better had they retained more of the life-sim elements of Persona and mini-games. If I were reviewing the game (which I decided not to), I'd probably score it between a 7.5/10 or 8/10. A highly disappointing late change to the game was removing screen capture ability in the latest Switch update. That's not a huge deal but it is disappointing to remove a feature after selling the game. I took a lot of screen captures for the first 80% of the game and unwisely updated the software not realizing the u

Evercade VS Is An Interesting Option

I wasn't particularly interested in the Evercade handheld due to quality issues but the licensed cartridge collecting did seem interesting.  Now they are back with Evercade VS a home retro game console that uses the same cartridges as the handheld portable. Hit the link below for more info. The console does look good in photos so its something that has caught my attention.  https://evercade.co.uk/vs