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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

Miyoo Mini Still Sold Out at MIYOO Global Store on AliExpress (Initial Run)

It looks like the Miyoo Mini is out of stock from the manufacturer on AliExpress, but I'm being told the bigger stock is coming up on December 23 in a couple days. From everything I've seen so far on the Miyoo Mini, it could very well be the budget micro-handheld we've been looking for.  MIYOO Global Store: https://a.aliexpress.com/_msIDgbi There are some 3rd party sellers charging $64-$67 for the Miyoo Mini (Up From $52) on AE right now, but it would definitely be best to wait and see what happens with availability on Wednesday...  What Others Are Saying: https://obscurehandhelds.com/2021/11/the-tiny-miyoo-mini-with-its-even-tinier-bezels/ https://www.cnx-software.com/2021/12/03/portable-game-console-runs-retroarch-on-sigmastar-ssd202d-processor/ https://retrododo.com/miyoo-mini/

Diablo II: Resurrected (Nintendo Switch) Quick Early Impressions (Review Coming...)

I bought Diablo II (2): Resurrected for the Nintendo Switch a few days ago and can say I'm mostly satisfied with the buy at $39.99 so far.  The game became available on September 23.  Despite being a 21 year old game, Diablo 2 is still fun but definitely feels dated and hasn't aged great especially if you've recently played Diablo III.  The updated graphics definitely make the game playable even with the dated mechanics. I plan to take a deep dive into the game over the next month to come up with a definitive review.  The Good  👍Updated Graphics  👍Updated Sound/Music 👍Includes 'Lord of Destruction' Expansion 👍Plays well as a Portable Game The Bad   👎Co-op isn't ideal on Switch platform 👎Widespread Connectivity Issues 👎Dated mechanics Note on Connectivity Issues A glaring issue for me so far seems to be connectivity issues that come up often when trying to play online. Hopefully these issues get worked out in the near future as it appears to be

Retro Games I'm Playing This Week

The nice thing about retro gaming is that there's always something to play... This week I plan to spread my time across a few handhelds and hopefully complete a few games.  Nintendo Switch   The Nintendo Switch is far from my favorite system but I've been playing a lot on it lately. I'm about halfway through Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster so might as well finish it up this week. I picked up the regular digital version last week on sale. The last time I played through the game was roughly 16 years ago on the PS2. The game has aged pretty well for sure and is still a must play for any old school turn-based JRPG fan. I'll likely post a review of the HD Remaster soon.  Anbernic RG351V   I tend to play a lot of Game Boy Advance titles on Anbernic handhelds and am currently punching away at The Legend of Zelda: The Minnish Cap . This is also my second playthrough of the game. Of all the Zelda games over the years,  this one is firmly in

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

Top 100 SEGA Genesis Games: #98 Wardner

1991's Wardner is a somewhat unusual and challenging sidescrolling platformer game that translated well from the arcades to the SEGA Genesis. The game also came out on the Famicom Disk System in Japan.  In the game you play as a kid (who looks kind of like a South Park character in my opinion) who is on a journey to rescue his girlfriend from a warlock. The game received a lot of comparison to Ghosts 'N Goblins due to gameplay elements. While the gameplay elements are very similar, Wardner still stands on its own as a fun and different game. When it comes to challenge, Ghosts 'N Goblins is still a tougher game with more going on but that doesn't make Wardner easy by any stretch. Wardner's biggest challenge is the 1 hit deaths which are hard to avoid at times.  The Genesis version of the game is more difficult than the arcade and Famicom versions with the addition of an extra level.   Over the years, opinions from reviewers on the Genesis port

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

Top 100 SEGA Genesis Games: #100 Frank Thomas Big Hurt Baseball (1995)

Back in the 1980s/1990s I was more of a SEGA kid than a Nintendo person. I've decided to go back through the entire SEGA Genesis library (replaying my favorites) and adjust my picks for the Top 100 SEGA Genesis Games starting with Frank Thomas Big Hurt Baseball (1995) which comes in at #100 on my list. Stay tuned for several games each week as I replay the best SEGA games and decide which ones have aged well... In addition to the Genesis, Big Hurt Baseball also came out on SNES, Game Gear, Game Boy, Saturn, PlayStation and MS-DOS platforms. The game received mostly average and negative reviews other than the PlayStation version which was universally considered the best version of the game. In my opinion, the Genesis version wasn't too bad amd probably a little underappreciated at the time. While this game will not be on many Top 100 lists, it made the cut for mine.  If nothing else this average but still fun game was one of the first Baseball games to use motion cap

Retroid Pocket 3 Design Screenshots

'Timeisart' recently posted the design screenshots for the Retroid Pocket 3 on Discord and they look interesting. The design appears to have a micro-HDMI out so we can probably assume video out will continue with the RP3 and instead of a weird slider as the right thumb stick, they both appear to be proper thumb sticks this time. Start/Select being on top isn't the greatest choice which could make some old school games awkward but all and all the design looks pretty good.  There's not much in the way of information on the system. I had contacted the company a couple months back who verified the RP3 was in the pre-production phase and should be released at some point this year. (Possibly October)... The main two competitors for this will likely be the KTR1 and "199" Handheld although the likelihood of either of those being released soon seems questionable.  There's also talk of a Retroid Pocket 2.5 being released this year as well. While not everyone loves A

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

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/

Evercade VS Limited Founder Edition Pre-Orders Now Open

I wasn't a big fan of the handheld Evercade even though I do really like the basic ideas behind it like collecting perfectly legal and licensed game cartridges.  The UK based Funstock has this premium version of the latest Evercade console (home console) up for pre-order now for $225.88 USD and should release in November. From everything I've seen the console looks to be high quality and will work with cartridges from the original handheld Evercade and can link to it.  https://funstock.co.uk/products/evercade-vs-founder-edition Complete with a limited Evercade VS Founder Edition console in Black with two Black controllers, this collection will be  limited to only 5000 units  and is available  exclusively on Funstock. With the package, you will receive: Evercade VS  Founder Edition Console (Black) Evercade VS  Founder Edition Controller (2x Black) Evercade VS  Founder Edition Exclusive Packaging Evercade  Handheld Black Link Cable Founder Edition  Certifi

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