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New KT-R1C Photos (Posted by Lei on Discord)

 It looks like the KT-R1C is getting closer and closer to finally becoming real. According to Lei on the RGHANDHELDS.COM Discord, the approximate weight for the metal variety will be around 320g. I would have preferred Stacked Shoulders myself but this might still be a pretty awesome pocketable option!  When it becomes available for pre-order, more info should appear on their site:  https://ktr.la/shop Below are some new production images of the handheld assembled with an aluminum shell (colors are not final):

AOKZOE A1 Giveaway Link

 It looks like AOKZOE is giving away one A1 to a lucky winner in August! There has been some questions raised about the d-pad by people who have hands on time with it,  but it still appears to be an interesting and powerful option.  Link to Enter:   https://kingsumo.com/g/kelxkl/aokzoe-a1-giveaway/9ex597n AOKZOE A1 SPECS https://www.retrokezins.com/2022/06/aokzoe-a1-another-steam-deck-alternative.html

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. 

My Most Used Consoles/Devices So Far This Year

 Most Used Devices JAN/FEB 2022 My most used platforms this year is definitely a lot different than last year. That's the fun bonus of mixing modern and classic gaming though ... options are near limitless. Over the past 2 months, the Anbernic RG351V and PowKiddy RGB20 have dropped off my 5 most used devices. This will be the first time in a long while that Anbernic hasn't been towards the top of my list.  #1 Xbox Series S   I had completely skipped the Xbox One generation but jumped back into the Xbox realm recently with the Xbox Series S primarily due to how easy it is to use Dev Mode and turn it into a pretty good retro console that can run up to PS2 level games.  I've found myself liking the console as a modern device too, particularly with the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.  #2 Miyoo Mini   The Miyoo Mini was the most surprising great handheld for me in recent months and has become my "take everywhere" handheld. To get the most out of this handheld that can handle

AYN Odin Appears To Be The Real Deal

Reviews and impressions of the AYN Odin are coming in and seems to be near universally positive. There's no indication of when Odin and Odin Lite handhelds will be available for non early adopters but I'd assume by summertime. The Odin with verified performance does make for an interesting Steam Deck alternative if you were thinking about a Steam Deck for retro gaming more than modern PC gaming. We'll have to see how the rollout with the Odin Lite goes but I'm definitely impressed with what I'm seeing out there so far.  I didn't pre- order one myself but there's a good chance I might jump on board this summer after we see what the Retroid Pocket 3 is all about. Right now,  I feel like I just have too many Android devices... Trusted Review Source:  Great in-depth review of the AYN Odin by RGC!! https://retrogamecorps.com/2022/02/06/review-ayn-odin/ Indiegogo Page:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/odin-the-ultimate-gaming-handheld#/

[OBSOLETE] Retroid Pocket 2 Review

[Previous Update: December 18, 2020... Due to the low price of the Retroid Pocket 2 Plus (RP2+, the original Retroid Pocket 2 is in effect now obsolete. See RP2+ Review . GoRetroid.com site has now removed the original RP2 from sales... Following review remains as it was in 2020...] -- JAN 2022 Retroid Pocket 2 Review  - $84.99 Score 💖 8.5/10 The Good 🔥Price 👍Build Quality   👍Handles PS1/PSP/N64 Well 👍Comfortable Form Factor 👍Great Customer Service  The Bad 👎Android 8 Is Buggy 😬Plastic Material Feels Slick  💩Retroid OS is a Mess 👎Takes a Lot of Tweaking  👎Delivery Is Slow  👎Face Buttons Are a Bit Small All in all, for the price there aren't many complaints about this system. While its not my favorite handheld, its very close and I find myself using it more and more the longer I have it. I'd definitely suggest buying one or two at the current price because they will not be in production forever. There are some flaws with the system but it really gives us

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