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.Continue reading “My Top 5 Retro Handhelds Right Now (under $150)”
Lakka is a lightweight Linux distribution that runs RetroArch front and center. So is this ultra simple firmware a viable option for retro handheld devices like the Anbernic RG351P, RG351M, or RG351V? Let’s dig in and find out.Continue reading “Review and Guide: Lakka for RG351 devices”
Let’s get real here. For $10, you can get a really nice chicken sandwich, which will provide you about 15 minutes of happiness; or you can get this case for your Anbernic RG351V, and be happy for the rest of your life. Your choice.Continue reading “RG351V Case Review”
Last updated: 04JUL2021
351Droid is an unofficial build of LineageOS 18.1 (Android 11) for Anbernic RG351 devices, and as of today it now has a public testing build. This build supports proper control layout, it resizes the userdata partition on boot, and supports the wifi chips in 351M and 351V. Let’s take a look at how to install this firmware, and its potential for Android-based retro gaming.Continue reading “Introducing 351Droid for RG351P, RG351M, and RG351V!”
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.Continue reading “Pico-8 on Retro Handheld Devices”
The RG351V is at a sweet spot in its life cycle — it’s readily available from multiple vendors, you have several custom firmware options, and the community surrounding this nostalgic device continues to grow. So is the RG351V worth your time and money? Let’s do a deep-dive review and find out.Continue reading “Review: Anbernic RG351V”
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:
- 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
Let’s look at the four ways you can transfer files to and from your device. This guide applies to all RK3326-based devices, like the Anbernic RG351 series, PowKiddy RGB10/20, ODROID Go Advance/Super devices, and so on.Continue reading “Quick Guide: File Transfer Options on Retro Handheld Devices”
Are you interested in getting started with a retro handheld emulation device, but don’t know where to start? Check out the video below, where I go through my 14 favorite devices to help you narrow down which one is the best fit for you.Continue reading “Retro Handheld Starter Guide”