Last updated: 08AUG2021
Streets of Rage Remake is a beloved game among emulation and homebrew fans. First released in 2011 after eight years of development, this fan-made game mashes together the first three Streets of Rage games and adds in over 100 stages, 15+ playable characters, and an epic soundtrack. Sadly, the game was pulled down from official release at the request of SEGA, but has remained available on various websites over the years.
Porting SoRR to a device is a right of passage for any true retro handheld, so today let’s walk through how to play this game on the Anbernic RG351P, RG351M, and RG351V.
Note that you will need to be running ArkOS custom firmware for this to work. This is easily one of my favorite custom firmwares for these devices, and you can install it on the ArkOS wiki page. This guide will work on other devices that are supported by ArkOS, such as the RGB10, RK2020, and GameForce Chi.
The ArkOS developer plans on implementing the SoRR folder structure in a future update, but for now, the instructions will get you on your way. Once the changes happen in the firmware, I will modify this guide accordingly.
Once you are running ArkOS on your device, eject the SD card (or the SD1 card on the RG351V) and insert the card into your computer (an SD card reader may be necessary).
- Download this file and unzip it so that you have a tar.gz file. Place this tar.gz file in the roms/backup folder. If you don’t have a “backup” folder in your roms folder, just create it.
- Re-insert the card into your device, then power the device on. Navigate to Options > Advanced, and then scroll down to “Restore Settings” and select this option. Note that on the RG351V there will sometimes not be an Advanced folder, but you will find the “Restore Settings” in the main Options folder.
- Once completed, shut down your device and eject the SD card (or the SD2 card on the RG351V if you are using the dual-card system) and insert the card into your computer.
- Use the google machine to find v5.1 of Streets of Rage Remake (“SoRR v5.1”). The legality of this game is questionable so I cannot provide a direct link, but it is easy to find if you look in a few archives online. Typically the file size will be around 320MB, and either the Windows or Linux/debian versions of the game will work. Don’t use v5.2 as it can cause issues.
- Once you have the game, extract the following file contents to roms/ports/sorr on the SD card:
- Once you have moved the files over, eject the SD card and re-insert into your device. Navigate to the Ports section and launch the game.
- Enjoy the heck out of this little beat-em-up masterpiece.
Important notes from the developer
- DO NOT DELETE THE EXISTING SAVEGAME FOLDER OR THE SAVEGAME.SOR FILE IN IT! The save game file is what will set the correct controls needed.
- Do not set the controls to anything but keyboard or the port will not function correctly. Controls will spaz.
- You can change the assigned keyboard values to a preferred key assignment of your choice using the dpad and action buttons.
- You can exit the port at anytime by holding the select key for 1 second and pressing start or use the Select key when at the SorR main menu.
- The analog stick actually works for this port.
RGB10, RK2020, and GameForce Chi files
The process above will work with these devices as well, provided they are also running ArkOS. However, they will use different update tar.gz files.
RGB10: download here RK2020: download here GameForce Chi: download here
– published guide