Last updated: 20JAN2022 (see Changelog for details)
The beloved farming simulator Stardew Valley has now been ported to RK3326 devices such as the Anbernic RG351 series, PowKiddy RGB10 series, ODROID Go Advance/Super, and the GameForce Chi. This game also works on the RG552 running 351ELEC beta. Setting up this game is similar to other ports such as Shovel Knight, Undertale, and Iconoclasts. Mad props to developer JohnnyOnFlame for getting this port running; please consider buying him a coffee for his hard work.
IMPORTANT NOTE: since making my installation video below, the game has been updated which affects that installation. From now on, it’s important to download the “Compatibility” version of the game in order for the process to work. The written instructions below will walk you through that process.
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The PowKiddy RGB10 Max 2 is a hardware refresh for one of my favorite retro handheld devices — it boasts a brighter screen, better ergonomics, and stacked shoulder buttons. So is this device worth considering, or just more of the same?
PowKiddy RGB10 Max 2
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RGB10 Max Starter Guide
In this video I’ll show you how to swap out the PowKiddy RGB10 Max screen for a replacement, in case something happens to yours.
PowKiddy RGB10 Max
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Screen and other parts
Last updated: 28NOV2021
Moonlight is a game streaming tool designed to allow you to stream your screen (and games) from a PC to a connected device. This means you can stream games that wouldn’t normally run on your device, such as GameCube, PS2, PC games, and so on. This is an excellent option if you want to play a few games while in bed, or on the couch, or maybe at the dinner table.
For this guide, we will focus on Moonlight support for ArkOS and RetroOZ firmwares on the following handheld devices:
Anbernic RG351P (ArkOS final, 351ELEC) — requires WiFi dongle
Anbernic RG351M (ArkOS final, 351ELEC)
Anbernic RG351V (ArkOS, 351ELEC)
Anbernic RG351MP (ArkOS, 351ELEC)
PowKiddy RGB10 (ArkOS) — requires WiFi dongle
PowKiddy RGB10 Max (RetroOZ) — requires WiFi dongle for 5GHz
GameForce Chi (ArkOS)
RK2020 (ArkOS) — requires WiFi dongle
ODROID Go Advance (ArkOS) — may require WiFi dongle
ODROID Go Super (RetroOZ) — requires WiFi dongle
UPDATE! As of 28NOV2021, Moonlight streaming is now working on 351ELEC firmware via PortMaster!
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Last updated: 22NOV2021
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). It also works for 351ELEC too! Compatibility with the RetroOZ firmware is in the works. PortMaster support currently includes the following devices:
Anbernic RG351P (ArkOS final, TheRA, 351ELEC)
Anbernic RG351M (ArkOS final, TheRA, 351ELEC)
Anbernic RG351V (ArkOS, TheRA, 351ELEC)
Anbernic RG351MP (ArkOS, TheRA, 351ELEC)
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
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Main page (for the demo)
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
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OGS YouTube playlist
With so many retro handhelds on the market (and quite a few more on the way), it’s a good time to round up my top five devices as of right now.
Enter the giveaway here
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Just a quick note to let you know that I’ve overhauled my Pico-8 guide and expanded it to include just about every RK3326 device.
Here is the original (now updated) guide, and see below for the new video I created to accompany it.
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Last updated: 29MAY2021 (see Changelog for details)
The sixth generation of video game consoles, which included the PS2, Nintendo Gamecube, Xbox, and Sega Dreamcast, was a transformative period for both gaming and televisions. Standard (4:3 aspect) TVs were eventually replaced by widescreen (16:9) aspect ratio displays during this time, and many console accommodated this shift. A few Dreamcast games, such as Rayman 2, natively supported widescreen televisions upon release — all you have to do is go into the game settings and change it to 16:9 instead of 4:3. Most other games were natively scaled to 4:3, but many 3D titles on the Dreamcast can be altered to stretch into anamorphic widescreen. This is possible because these games render the 3D environment beyond the 4:3 displayed on a typical TV, and through various hacks we can unlock widescreen Dreamcast for over 100 titles.
These instructions are primarily written for the RetroOZ firmware on the ODROID Go Super or RGB10 Max in particular, since it has a lovely 16:9 screen, but the RetroArch widescreen hack cheats can be implemented in other firmwares such as EmuELEC, ArkOS, and 351ELEC for RG351P/M devices (or other devices with screens wider than 4:3). There are three basic methods:
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- Use the built-in RetroRun widescreen hack or cheats options
- Available for RetroOZ firmware only
- Supported platforms: OGS, RGB10 Max
- Use widescreen hack cheats in RetroArch
- Available for EmuELEC, 351ELEC, and ArkOS firmwares
- Supported platforms: OGS, RGB10 Max, or any 3:2 device like RG351P/M, RGB10, OGA, RK2020, etc.
- Hex edit your games for permanent widescreen
- Available for ArkOS firmware only (351ELEC may be possible with shell script creation)
- Supported platforms: RG351P/M, RGB10, OGA, RK2020