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[Updated] Top 5 Budget Retro Handhelds for Gameboy Advance (GBA) Emulation

[Originally Posted on December 26, 2020.. RP2 dropped from List. RP2+ Added. RG280V Removed. RG351V Added. Images Updated.] If you are in the market for a retro handheld (ROM player), there are tons of options.  I f you are looking for a budget priced retro handheld that's specifically good at playing Gameboy Advance (GBA) ROMs here's the 5 I think are excellent options:  #1 Retroid Pocket 2 Plus $99 RP2+ The Retroid Pocket 2 Plus is another excellent option for GBA. Unlike the original RP2, the RP2+ is easy to set up which is why it's now my Top Pick for GBA play.  Retroid Pocket 2 Plus Review  #2 RG351P $80-$90 RG351P 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.  #3 RG351V $100-$120 RG351V Despite hav

Retroid Pocket 2 N64 Emulation Profiles

Of all the "budget" sub $100 retro handhelds, I still get the best performance out of the Retroid Pocket 2. Fortunately the Retroid Pocket 2.5 and 3 are coming out later this year which should provide a boost to N64 performance.  'Rickymortal' on Reddit recently went through the trouble of posting a large number of N64 games and the best setting to use: I've checked out a handful of games using his settings and they seem to check out. If you are just getting started in the retro handheld arena, Reddit communities are one of the best places to start when it comes to getting information on retro handhelds.  My favorite communities on Reddit for information include:

Retroid Pocket 2 vs Anbernic RG351P: Definitive Analysis

The Retroid Pocket 2 and Anbernic RG351P have been out long enough for me to give both extensive time and a definitive opinion of both. When I score devices,  I keep price and $ for $ value always in mind so I no longer use price as a category. The RP2 is slightly cheaper than the RG351P. The 351P has more out of the box appeal but the RP2 catches up to it in many areas if you are willing to put in some work. If you are a complete beginner to these kind of devices,  the 351P may suit you a little better.  I originally scored the RP2 a 8.5/10 and the 351P an 8/10. Community support and new developments during the first 6 months to a year of any new open source style system definitely has some big effects... Going Head 2 Head:  Retroid Pocket 2 = 8.5/10  RG351P = 7.4/10 What really drags the 351P down is the screen size, lack of built in WiFi and battery performance. If it weren't for those three issues it might have been a LOT better.  SCREEN   Retroid Pocket

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. Photo by Me (Samsung Note 10 Plus Camera) 

Retroid Pocket 2 Funtastic Collection SOLD OUT!

Looks like the highly popular Retroid Pocket 2 Funtastic Collection has sold out on the manufacturer's site. The original colors are still available. I'll be curious if they plan to make more runs of the Funtastic models or will it be on to the Retroid Pocket 3 soon? 

My Top Buy of the Week: Switch Style Thumb Grips on BangGood

Thumb grips are often the most overpriced item you will find in game stores like GameStop where they are often $10 and up just for one pair. I rolled the dice on BangGood picking up 4 pairs for a little less than $8 including shipping and want disappointed. Shipping time was the only negative. It took a little over 6 weeks to receive. The large grip is a bit overkill visually but I actually like it for arcade games.  I'm currently using them on my Nintendo Switch, Anbernic RG351P and two sets on my pair of Retroid Pocket 2 consoles. The big grips reduce the portability a little bit bit still fit inside the cases just fine.  [US$4.59 33% OFF]DATA FROG 8 PCS Silicone Analog Extender Thumb Stick Grips Cover for Nintendo Switch Joy Con Switch Lite Console Joystick Cap Accessories Video Games Equipment & Accessories from Consumer Electronics on banggood *This post is my opinion and does

Retroid Pocket 2 Android 8.1 v2 Install Guide Up (YouTube)

Hit the link below for the new guide (YouTube). Supposedly according to rumors on Reddit there is a custom OS in the works for the RP2. The Retroid Pocket 2 gets better all the time and is currently the best $80 expense in retro gaming.

Top 10 Dollar for Dollar Sub $100 Handheld Game Consoles TODAY

Things change rapidly in the retro handheld console world so this list will only be applicable for a short time. Community support and available modifications to firmwares, software etc also continually change how good or bad certain systems are. I generally go by the import prices not by the reseller prices. Resellers are often just charging to add ROMs which is highly unethical not to mention illegal.  This post is my personal opinion and links do not benefit me.  Retroid Pocket 2 $80  You simply cannot beat the value of the RP2 for $80 as long as you don't mind Android and don't mind having to tinker with the system a lot to get it all set up. This is a system for tech savvy people not beginners to emulation.  Retroid Pocket 2 Review   Anbernic RG351P $95 I'm not a big fan of the screen size with this one but community support has been making this a better option all the time. Great choice for emulation gamers of all levels. No built in WiFi is th

Top 10 Retro Handhelds From 2020

My Definitive Top 10 Retro Handhelds List  Now that the dust has settled from 2020 and I've had time to think,  here are my personal picks for the best handhelds of 2020: #1   Retroid Pocket 2 #2   RG350P #3   RG350M #4   RG351P #5   PiBoy DMG #6   RGB20 #7   RG350 #8   RG280V #9   RK2020 #10 Odroid Go Advance  While the Retroid Pocket 2 turned into my favorite after putting a LOT of work into it, the company of the year was definitely Anbernic who had 5 of my 10 favorite handhelds of the year. If you aren't looking to put a ton of work into things, the RG350P (or M) or 351P (despite the funky screen size) would be better options.  This list is not necessarily the best for everyone. These were my personal favorites in order.  You can order a Retroid Pocket 2 here: *I have no affiliation with this link.   

KT R1 Vaporware or In Production?

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

Retroid Pocket 3 Wishlist

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: πŸ”₯ 6 Face Buttons instead of 4 πŸ”₯ L3/R3 added to the sticks  πŸ”₯ Designed for Android 8 or 9 πŸ”₯ Rubber Grips on the Back  πŸ”₯ Metal Housing Variant  πŸ”₯ More than 1GB RAM  πŸ”₯ Overhaul of Retroid OS πŸ”₯ Internal SD Card Accessible   πŸ”₯ Make Parts More Available  πŸ”₯ 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.

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

Retroid Pocket 2 Is Still A Steal For $80

Retroid Pocket 2 For $80 you really can't beat what the Retroid Pocket 2 offers especially with Android added into the mix.  I'm really digging the new N64 inspired color schemes. The only thing I don't like about the colors is that they weren't available back when I ordered two of the consoles.  The RP2 is definitely NOT for people who are pure beginners to emulation or people not willing to put in a lot of time tweaking settings.  Can't wait to see how things shake out when the Android 8 update on the system is ironed out. For now its highly suggested to stick with Android 6. 

My Favourite Gaming Purchases of 2020: RG350P

2020 wasn't a bad year in gaming for me. I spent less focus on modern have and have gotten more and more into retro gaming. What really made 2020 special for me was discovering the RG350 line from Abernic.   Favourite Consoles Purchased : RG350P Retroid Pocket 2   Favorite Games Purchased : No More Heroes 1 & 2 (Switch) Okami HD (Switch) Favorite Apps Purchased : Dungeon Maker (Android) Dungeon Warfare 2 (Android) I can't say enough good things about the RG350 line. While the M model is a more solid build with better d-pad action I found myself simply liking the weight and feel of the RG350P. I spent $70 on it when it came out and don't regret the purchase at all. For the most part I use it for 8, 16 and 32 bit era gaming. While it can handle up to PS1, The RP2 handles that a little better.  You can't go wrong with any of the RG350 models. The original 350 has the left thumbstick above the d-pad while the P and M models have both thumbsticks at the botto

Great Android Game For Retroid Pocket 2: Wayward Souls

Developed by  RocketCat Games   Android games are hit and miss on the Retroid Pocket 2. Fortunately Wayward Souls plays flawlessly on the RP2 game console and with a relatively small for size for people still using the external SD as external.  Probably one of the biggest disappointments with the RP2 is the tiny stock internal storage especially as an Android device.  The game automatically detects the RP2 controller and you are ready to go without any settings changes needed. I did find that the game is easier using the d-pad. Using the thumbstick you still get semi sloppy control just like with playing touch screen.  For anyone who has not played Wayward Souls before (it came out at 6 years ago), its a visually well designed rogue-like du geom crawler with light RPG elements.  The learning curve is pretty easy but while the game is easy to figure out,  mastering it is very hard. Retro style graphics (which keeps the file small fortunately), great music and add