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Review: Retroid Pocket 2 Plus (RP2+) (Retro Game Handheld)

Retroid Pocket 2 Plus $99 Retroid Pocket 2 Plus (RP2+) Initial Review Model: Indigo (GameCube Inspired) Pre-Ordered: 10/30/2021 Shipped: 12/16/2021 Received: 1/5/2022 Initial Review: 1/12/2022 Price Paid: $99 + Shipping  GoRetroid.com Overall Initial Score: 9.3/10 (A) (Price Weighted Very Heavily with all Grades). I plan to revisit this review within a couple months with further findings and as new options become available for the device. This is an initial review based on one long week of heavy use. In the realm of "budget" handhelds, the RP2+ now officially replaces the Anbernic RG351V as my favorite budget option. The 351V was my favorite for the vast majority of 2021. It will be very tough to beat the value of the RP2+ in 2022.  The Good 👍Significantly improved Saturn, Dreamcast, DS & N64 Performance!! 👍Improved Buttons 👍Drastically Improved Firmware/UI 👍No More Retroid OS 👍Setup Is Easy The Bad 👎Right Slider Is Awful 👎Screen Is "Meh" In

RG351V: SEGA CD Emulation Settings For The Screen

RG351V SEGA CD Settings  (Stock Firmware)  Other Systems: TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine This post's intended audience is newcomers to Anbernic devices. If you are an emulation veteran and used a 351P/M before there's probably not much here for you. If I had to grade SEGA CD performance on the 351V using optimized setting it would get a 9/10 score from me.  Out of the box with no adjustments at all to the settings, SEGA CD runs a little funky on the 351V but that can all be adjusted easily. In general on a tiny screen I generally avoid using shades (personal preference) but using one is almost necessary particularly for games like Batman Returns in the driving sequences. There are multiple ways to adjust settings but the easiest and most reliable way is to just go to PER SYSYEM ADVANCED CONFIGURATION and set up custom options for every system.  The settings I use: MAIN MENU>GAME SETTINGS>PER SYSTEM ADVANCED CONFIGURATION>SEGA CD Emulator- Auto Your opt

Super Mario 64 Stable 60FPS Port to Abernic RG351P

Pretty cool find on YouTube and Facebook I saw earlier from Retro Game Corps on a method to port Super Mario 64 to the RG351P and soon RG351. Pretty exciting tutorial here. Hit the link below.  The 351P wasn't all that great when it first came out but it's getting better and better all the time with the retro community support its getting.  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=w5PSw19_SEo&feature=youtu.be

King of Fighters R-2 (NGPC) Today in Gaming History

King of Fighters R-2 Neo Geo Pocket Color SNK of America Definitely one of the top ten NEO Geo Pocket Color games was King of Fighters R-2 which was released 22 years ago today in the US. With console modding and retro/vintage gaming gaining in popularity the NGPC has increased in demand recently. You can still pick one up in varying degrees of used condition between $80 and $120. Modded versions with backlit displays tend to go for over $300.  The original price between 1999 and 2001 (short lifespan) was $69.95.  If you sadly don't have a NGPC console the game did become available on the Nintendo Switch last year as a digital download for $7.99 (perhaps a bit steep for an old game). It currently sits on a 71/100 Metascore but don't let the average reviews fool you.  For a 22 year old portable fighting game it has a pretty solid fighting system and has aged well.  Despite being a 2-button game from 1999, it was well designed with full combo attacks, evas

Another Look at the RG351V

Update 3/16 (Following YouTube links shows off quite a bit of RG351V gameplay testing): https://youtu.be/yRbgC1o8_rw Videos should start rolling in over the next few weeks on the RG351V. It looks like mine shipped out this morning so hopefully I'll get it soon.  While the RK3326 is getting a bit played out,  the exciting news is that we finally get one with a proper 4:3 screen.  For the record, I ordered the wood aesthetic version just because it's so strange.  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zqQAr_EiAv4&feature=youtu.be

TRIMUi Model S Review (Micro Retro Handheld)

TRIMUi Model S  Aka PowKiddy A66 *Update: The original score here is using stock firmware. With hard work from Shaun Inman and others using custom workarounds (MinUI, GMenuNX), I bumped the score on this handheld up to 7/10. The work done on this handheld by community developers has drastically improved it over time.  *Update August 2021 3D Printing Option to Improve D-Pad:  https://www.retrokezins.com/2021/08/mod-find-powkiddy-a66-trimui-model-s-d.html *Prounounced like Trim-U.I.* Due to the nature of this type of handheld,  my review score is broken down 3 ways. If you aren't interested in tinkering with this one quite a bit to get it going I'd avoid buying one. If you do like having to mess around with systems it does have some value. Review based on the console as it stands at the end of February, 2021. There's always the possibility it could get better.  Out of the Box: 3/10 Latest Firmware: 4/10 Custom Firmware: 7/10 Price Paid: $49.99 @ retromimi.com Pric

Who is PowKiddy?

*If anyone has any interesting information about the company to add, feel free to comment below. I'd like to update information as much as possible.  A lot of the manufacturers of retro consoles out of China are sometimes difficult to track down specific or accurate information about but fortunately it has become more available in recent times.  "PowKiddy" aka Shenzhen PowKiddy Network Technology Co., Ltd. translates into "Overlord Boy" or "Overlord Kid" in English, a character created by the company owner inspired by comics.  In its current form as a manufacturer, distributor and wholesaler the company appears to have formed in 2017 although I suspect it may have existed as a different company prior to this. It's often difficult to track down information on some handhelds as the lines between who actually designed or manufactured a handheld becomes blurred as they are distributed.  They appear to have between 11 and 50 employees based

microByte Retro Handheld Crowdfunding Goes Live on Crowd Supply

Micro systems seem to be getting more and more popular these days. While I'm not totally sold on a 1.3" screen, I'm hearing the screen is extremely sharp which could make up for that. I normally don't take too many risks over $50 in the SBC Gaming realm but this one comes in at $45 so might be worth the risk. A premium model pledge is $60.  What does grab my attention is the 6-7 hours of GAMEPLAY you can get out of the battery and the open source spirit of the project.  It looks like this tiny handheld console will easily handle NES, Gameboy, GameBoy Color, Game Gear & Sega Master System. Atari Scummvm emulators  are currently being developed for this open source console.  Check out the link below for more info:  https://www.crowdsupply.com/byte-mix-labs/microbyte

Quick Look Inside the PocketGo S30

I'm not a big fan of the PocketGo S30 but I am a fan of how it looks. Very easy to disassemble too. I'm thinking about replacing the tinny speaker at some point on it.  

Retroid Pocket 2 Still The Best

To date the Retroid Pocket 2 is still the best sub $100 retro handheld at $80.  I'm still using a wide range of gaming options personally but the RP2 gets used more than anything else.  I'm curious how long it will be before the Retroid Pocket 3 comes out. With how rapid things are developing in this arena it could definitely happen this year.  https://www.goretroid.com/products/retroid-pocket-2-handheld-retro-gaming-system Photo by Me (Samsung Note 10 Plus Camera) 

Pi Inside a SNES Controller

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

Handheld Watchlist: Gameforce RK3326

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/

8 Great Android Games For The Retroid Pocket 2

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

Super Console X? I'll Pass

I was looking up the prices on the "Super Console X" and that's a hard pass from me. The controllers are throwaway value and you can beat the system itself for less than $30.  I see they are selling between $80-$140 online and that's just crazy. Hard pass from me. It sounds like a lot of people selling them are using the included ROMs as the primary selling point which is something I definitely do not like encouraging. No one should be marketing the sale of ROMs.  Interesting Look at the Super Console X on YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UbxlbdMd3LU&feature=youtu.be

Ordered a PocketGo S30 for $59.99

I was originally on the fence with the PocketGo S30. First run handhelds from this company have issues but for $59.99 on sale I decided to give this one a shot. Hopefully I don't have to wait to long to receive it. The primary selling factor for me was the stacked shoulder buttons and the form factor (looks like a 8BitDo controller with a screen).   Pre-orders have been live for this for over a week now over at retromimi who I hadn't ordered from the past so we'll see how that goes.  The specs are a bit underwhelming but I'm hoping form factor and stacked shoulder buttons are satisfying enough to make up for that. Look for an unbiased review of my findings in the near future.  https://retromimi.com/products/pocketgo-s30 S30 Specification: Screen: 3.5 inch 480x320 IPS CPU: Quad Core 1.2GHZ All Winner A33 CPU GPU: Mali400 MP2 RAM: 512MB Storage: External MicroSD Battery: 2600 mAh

Look Back: Sonic the Hedgehog Megamix Homebrew

(This post is for historical information only. Download ROMs etc at your own legal risk as the legality is grey area.) If you are just getting into retro gaming,  an ambitious game that came out long ago was is Sonic the Hedgehog Megamix which looks like it hasn't been updated in 12 years but the Megadrive/Genesis version is stable. I'm assuming the Sega CD version they were working on is unstable and likely an abandoned project. The legalities surrounding this game and the ROM are definitely in the grey area.  http://info.sonicretro.org/Sonic_the_Hedgehog_Megamix#Downloads Original music and 5 playable characters with new layouts make it one of the most ambitious homebrew projects that ever came out for the Genesis platform.  At one point a physical release by game pirates in Russia occurred and was widely distributed mostly on eBay .  *I cannot encourage you to download ROMs as they are grey area legally. This post is for informational and archival pur