2020 Retro Handheld Black Friday Deals

2020 Retro Handheld Black Friday Deals

Hi everyone, here are the deals that I’ve found so far for Black Friday this year. I’ll be sure to update this page as I find more deals for you. Please note that some of these links are affiliate links, which means that if you use one of these links and purchase something, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

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Introducing the RGC Patreon Page

Introducing the RGC Patreon Page

Hi everyone, just a quick note to let you know that after receiving several requests, I have created a Retro Game Corps Patreon page.

My goal with this website is to bring 100% FREE content to anyone who wants it. For this reason, I am not creating any perks for becoming a Patron of my website and channel; in other words, no content is held back from non-Patrons. All proceeds will go towards supporting this website (paying webhosting and domain fees, storage space, etc.), and investing in new devices and equipment to bring more content to everyone.

Thank you all for your continued support with my platform. I started this website just a few months ago because I grew frustrated with trying to find guides for retro handheld consoles, and at some point I said to myself, “why don’t I just make a site?” — and here we are. I’m immensely proud and in awe of everyone’s enthusiasm for this unique niche of video gaming.

If you’re not interested in joining my Patreon page, but you want to support this site, I have also created a buyer’s guide which has my recommended online stores for retro handheld devices and accessories. Some of these stores have affiliate links, which provides me with a small commission on any purchase you make, at no additional cost to you.

More soon,
Russ

Deep Dive Comparison: RG350M vs RG351P vs Retroid Pocket 2

Deep Dive Comparison: RG350M vs RG351P vs Retroid Pocket 2

I often get asked which system is best to buy right now: the RG350M ($120), RG351P ($95), or the Retroid Pocket 2 ($85 + shipping). The video below will break down all of the aspects I find most important when considering one of these devices: hardware, supported systems, user interface, screen, and performance.

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Guide: Install your own Wi-Fi chip inside the RG351P

Guide: Install your own Wi-Fi chip inside the RG351P

Last updated: 23NOV2020

Unless you purchased an RG351P during the first few days it was available, you probably do not have an internal WiFi chip inside your device. This is because they were removed due to speaker noise issues (see my whole post here, which includes a guide to reduce the noise).

But the RG351P has some really great online features, like the ability to download media (box art and videos), download and install new themes, download a cheat database, connect to your PC and load games wirelessly, implement RetroAchievements, and even use an online update tool for the ArkOS operating system. You *can* use an OTG adapter and a USB WiFi module to connect, but it’s a little clunky. So in this guide I’ll show you how some members of the community have installed WiFi chips to their device so they have a seamless experience.

Full disclosure: I have an internal WiFi chip on my device, so I haven’t attempted this myself, but I took copious notes when others were sharing their experience! Note that this is not a beginner’s guide: it includes soldering. If you have any questions or issues with this process, I suggest you post something in the Retro Game Handhelds Discord server (in the #RG351P channel).

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ArkOS, another excellent RG351P firmware

ArkOS, another excellent RG351P firmware

Last updated: 25NOV2020

Fresh off the heels of 351ELEC, another RG351P operating system is now available. This one is called ArkOS, and it has some features that may make it my favorite operating system yet.

The developer who created ArkOS is not new to RK3326 chipset devices like the RG351P, as they had previously developed an operating system called TheRA-NTFS that was used on similar ODROID GO ADVANCE handheld devices (and clones). But there were enough deviations from TheRA-NTFS to warrant a new name, and now we have ArkOS (Another RK3326 OS).

What I really love about this OS is that it has a lot of quality of life features: online updating, 32-bit and 64-bit userspace, background music, and screensaver options. So let’s dive into this OS and show why I think this might be the best one yet.

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RG280V: Unboxing and First Impressions

RG280V: Unboxing and First Impressions

Hey everyone, I had an opportunity to unbox and spend a few minutes with the new Anbernic RG280V, which is a 2.8″ mini handheld with the same internal architecture as the RG350 devices. That means that for the most part, it will use the same emulators and have the same performance as those devices. See below for my video about the device, and expect more videos and guides soon.

Buy the device here: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_9R8IeD

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Guide: Trim Arcade ROMsets using LaunchBox

Guide: Trim Arcade ROMsets using LaunchBox

Over the years, I’ve always found that the best way to ensure I can can play all of my favorite arcade classics is by using a full arcade romset. The only problem is that these romsets contain thousands of games, and at least half of them are not worth trying — they’re full of hacks, duplicates, trivia games, mahjong games, and more.

This guide will show you how to reduce arcade romset file sizes significantly with the help of LaunchBox — in this case, from 34GB down to 8GB! This method will work with any full non-merged romset, and works beautifully with your favorite arcade emulator and handheld devices like the RG350, RG351P, and Retroid Pocket 2.

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Guide: Pico-8 on the RG351P

Guide: Pico-8 on the RG351P

Last updated 12NOV2020 (see Changelog for details)

Pico-8 is one of my favorite systems to run on handheld emulation devices, because there are thousands of indie games right at your fingertips, and they are a perfect match for a handheld system.

I’m particularly excited about Pico-8 on the RG351P, because its network connectivity allows you to browse, play, and download games onto the device itself from the internet. That’s pretty exciting.

Note that this guide works for both the EmuELEC and 351ELEC firmwares for the RG351P. For ArkOS, check out their own instructions.

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Introducing 351ELEC – a new firmware for the RG351P!

Introducing 351ELEC – a new firmware for the RG351P!

Today I’m excited to show off a new fork of EmuELEC, called 351ELEC, which is designed specifically for the RG351P. This firmware incorporates the most recent release of EmuELEC, Anbernic’s latest updates to the PSP emulator (as described in this post), and also has a FAT32 “Games” partition which allows you to drag and drop ROM files directly onto your SD card. At this point in time, this is the most feature-rich and user-friendly operating system for the RG351P available.

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RG351P In-Depth Review (+ Giveaway)

RG351P In-Depth Review (+ Giveaway)

After six weeks of testing and playing, I’m ready to review the RG351P. So check out the video below to hear all of my thoughts on this impressive device.

Additionally, I’m running a giveaway for a RG351P unit (black color). To enter the giveaway, simply follow this link. Giveaway ends at midnight 15NOV2020, and is limited to US residents.

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