The Anbernic RG350, RG350M, and RG350P devices are arguably today’s most popular handheld retro emulation device. Not only are they capable of playing nearly every the classic retro game from the 1980s and early 1990s, but they’re affordable, widely available, and solidly built. This guide will help you through the entire life cycle of these devices, including where to purchase them, how to set them up, and how to customize them to meet your needs. This page will be continuously updated with new articles and guides, so be sure to check back often!

My comprehensive RG350 install guides:

Purchase and Support

So you’re thinking about buying an RG350 device. This section will help you decide which model to buy, learn what accessories to consider, and understand all of your resources.

Setup and Orientation

Okay, your RG350 device has finally arrived in the mail! Let’s set it up and get it loaded with your favorite classic games. We’ll also learn how to back up your firmware, in case things get messed up with all this tinkering.

Tweaks and Upgrades

So you’ve had your RG350 device for a few weeks now, and you’re ready to tackle some of the more involved customization options available for this open-source platform. Let’s do this.

9 thoughts on “RG350

  1. First of al thank you for this comprehensive guide! I will start updating my firmware according to your suggestions! I am however reluctant to do it without backing up my save states. Do you know how to do that?


    1. Hi Vikaash, great question. Your save sates are going to be all over the place, because no emulator is consistent. For example, your SNES save states will be .sv0 files in the media/data/local/home/.pocketsnes folder, while your NES save states will be .sav files in the media/data/local/home/fceux/sav folder. So you’ll want to look around for them and save them to your computer, then drag them back in after your firmware update. Note that transferring save states is not a foolproof process — you’ll want to make sure you’re using the same emulator as before, since many are not cross-compatible. Hope this helps! If you have trouble finding your save states for a specific platform, let me know and I’ll try to find it for you.


  2. My favorite thing to learn about is the home brews and modded games. You’ve covered the Doom mods, might I suggest Solarus? (Zelda mods.) Plus I love ports, but you only have one that I didn’t have (Marathon) and I was wondering if you knew of any others? Rom hacks are also appreciated (not the higher difficulty ones, but the ones like Ash Williams/Evil Dead in Splatterhouse) and the new games that have been made for older systems like Deadpool NES or Rick and Morty NES. It’s become my hobby/addiction since the pandemic and websites like yours have been a Godsend. LDK and the Retroid Pocket were pretty easy, but the RG350 has been like taking a college course in retro gaming. Thank you for being awesome!


  3. Thanks so much for this page, and your help. I have just bought a RG350, second hand form a local auction. Judging by whats on board, I am guessing the seller got frustrated and gave up. To avoid having the same issue, I intend to read through your guides thoroughly until I am understanding how to get the most out of it. At this stage it seems a bit overwhelming, but I am only just beginning to learn 🙂


  4. I just got one of these today (after waiting over a month for shipping) and the L1 shoulder button just doesn’t work. Any suggestions? It seems I need that button to actually exit a lot of emulators/bring up menus. Not sure if it’s worth updating firmware, etc.. if this is a hardware issue. I’m not sure how to tell…


  5. Hi Russ…Thank you for the amazing video guides on your website and handheld reviews on your Youtube channel!
    I have an RG350, RG350M and RG351P now….maybe Anbernic need to sponsor you 🙂
    I’ve opted to use 351Elec on my RG351P and I’m very happy with the experience.
    You’ve also saved my life with the Windows 10 “format disk” issue!
    I hope we see a metal RG351M soon for review.
    Thank you!


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