Last updated: 21SEP2021
PortMaster is a new tool developed by ChristianHaitian (ArkOS developer) and a few other community members, which allows you to easily install various ports on Ubuntu-based operating systems running on the RK3326 chipset, such as ArkOS and The Retro Arena (TheRA). Compatibility with the RetroOZ firmware is in the works, as well as for 351ELEC. PortMaster support currently includes the following devices:
Anbernic RG351P (ArkOS final)
Anbernic RG351M (ArkOS final)
Anbernic RG351V (ArkOS)
PowKiddy RGB10 (ArkOS)
GameForce Chi (ArkOS)
ODROID Go Advance (ArkOS)
ODROID Go Super (The RetroArena, RetroOZ)
PowKiddy RGB10 Max (The Retro Arena, RetroOZ)
So in this guide I’ll walk you through how to use this simple tool to get some of your favorite ports up and running on your device. Note that your device will need to be connected to the Internet for this to work!
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Nearly 33 years after the Sega Genesis released, we have a new game to try out! Demons of Asteborg released last month and can easily work in your favorite retro handheld. If it can run Genesis games (and the Picodrive emulator), it’ll likely run this game, too.
Find it on Steam
Continue reading “Guide: Demons of Asteborg on Retro Handhelds”
Main page (for the demo)
In today’s video I’m going to show you how to take one of those inexpensive mini PCs you can find on Amazon and transform it into a retro gaming console. All in all, this setup can give you the most bang for your buck, and a lot of flexibility.
Continue reading “Batocera Mini PC Setup Guide”
I finally got a chance to test the medal mod kit for the ODROID Go Super. Let’s see if it fixes my main complaints about the original device!
OGS metal mod kit
Continue reading “ODROID Go Super Metal Case Review + Guide”
OGS YouTube playlist
Last updated: 16SEP2021
At long last, we have a definitive firmware image for Anbernic RG350 and RG280 series retro handheld devices. This “Adam” image will allow you to create the ultimate SD card image that runs OpenDingux Beta firmware, RetroArch and standalone emulators, and the SimpleMenu frontend all in one seamless experience. No FTPing, tweaking, or headaches required.
This starter guide will work on the following devices: Anbernic RG350, RG350P, RG350M, RG280M, RG280V, RG300X, PlayGo, PocketGo 2, PowKiddy Q80, GCW-Zero, and probably a few others not on my radar.
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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.
Continue reading “Guide: Streets of Rage Remix on RG351 Devices”
The Batocera firmware lets you flash a lightweight, emulation-focused operating system onto any flash drive, hard drive, or SD card. So what if we flashed it onto a flash drive, loaded it all up, and then used that as a portable gaming “system” that could be plugged into any Windows PC? That’s what we’re going to explore in this video.
Batocera Nation YouTube channel
USB flash drive
Rii USB wireless keyboard
8bitDo Pro 2 controller
Note that you can use any number of storage solutions to host your Batocera operating system, like an external HDD/SDD, and internal drive installed into your PC, or even a SD card if you have a built-in (or USB) reader.
Continue reading “Turn a USB Flash Drive into a Portable Gaming Console using Batocera”
Last updated: 27JUL2021
The Super Console X King is a rebranded version of the beloved Beelink GT King Android TV box, but pre-loaded with EmuELEC 4.2 and a bunch of games. Let’s see how this performs as an all-in-one retro gaming console.
Buy one here (AliExpress)
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Amazon (more expensive but faster)
Directly from the vendor
Last updated: 11JUL2021
The tiny TrimUI Model S (now rebranded as the PowKiddy A66) has received a lot of excellent development over the past few months, so it’s time for me to revisit my initial review. And while I initially recommended avoiding this device, these new updates have changed my mind — this is now a device worth considering. Let’s check it out.
Buy one here (PowKiddy A66)
Continue reading “TrimUI Model S (PowKiddy A66) — Updated Review & Guide”
Buy the old TrimUI Model S
Last updated: 02SEP2021 (see Changelog for details)
The iPhone can do a lot of things seamlessly, and it’s a very powerful device. But something as simple as running an NES game can be quite challenging. So let’s set up your iPhone as a retro game emulation device — no jailbreaking required.
Like with my previous video about gaming on an iPhone (which covered standalone games, Apple Arcade, and streaming), the Backbone One is an essential component of gaming on iOS. There are other options available, like the Razer Kishi or GameSir X2 BT controller, but the Backbone One is miles better than these options thanks to its ease of use and helpful app integration.
One final note before we get started: emulation on iOS is a moving target. With each new iOS update, some things may get broken, or (very rarely) things might actually improve. My advice is to be patient with new iOS updates, and give the development teams to catch up. I’ll keep this guide updated with the latest developments going forward.
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