Sonic 1, Sonic 2, and Sonic CD Ports on EmuELEC 4.0

Sonic 1, Sonic 2, and Sonic CD Ports on EmuELEC 4.0

In this video I’ll show you how to install the beautiful, widescreen 2013 mobile versions of Sonic 1, Sonic 2, and Sonic CD on any device running EmuELEC 4.0 firmware — including the ODROID Go Super, PowKiddy RGB10, and the Super Console X. And it can all be done for free! I really like these ports because they take advantage of widescreen devices like the ODROID Go Super, giving you an opportunity to play these games in a whole new way.

This is all thanks to a decompilation of the Sonic games, which you can find here.

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ArkOS, another excellent RG351P firmware

ArkOS, another excellent RG351P firmware

Last updated: 13JAN2021

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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Guide: Pico-8 on the RG351P

Guide: Pico-8 on the RG351P

Last updated 24FEB2021 (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 the stock modified EmuELEC firmware that ships with the Device. 351ELEC and ArkOS have their own instructions.

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Introducing 351ELEC – a new firmware for the RG351P!

Introducing 351ELEC – a new firmware for the RG351P!

Last updated: 12JAN2021

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 and also has a FAT32 “Games” partition which allows you to drag and drop ROM files directly onto your SD card. Like with ArkOS, 351ELEC is a more feature-rich and user-friendly operating system than the stock firmware.

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RG351P Screen Configuration Guide

RG351P Screen Configuration Guide

Last updated: 25OCT2020 (see Changelog for details)

Let’s face it: the RG351P’s 3:2 aspect ratio (and 480×320 resolution) doesn’t look good out of the box. As you can see from my initial impressions, plus my “day three” impressions, I was not impressed with how the games looked. It took me several weeks of research and tweaking, but I’m happy to report that there are adequate settings in this device to tweak the screen so that everything looks great. There are some slight compromises that you have to make, but overall I’m very happy with how this turned out.

Be sure to watch the video embedded below so you can see some of these settings in action!

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RG351P themes guide

RG351P themes guide

Last updated: 01NOV2020 (see Changelog for details)

One of the best things about the modified EmuELEC firmware that comes with the RG351P is that it supports a wide variety of themes, giving you the ability to really tweak and personalize the user experience. So let’s dive into how to add new themes to the RG351P, as well as how to configure them so they run just right.

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RG351P EmuELEC Firmware Guide

RG351P EmuELEC Firmware Guide

Last updated 24JAN2021 (see Changelog for details)

The stock operating system found on the RG351P, which is a modified version of EmuELEC, is a little different from those found on other devices. For example, the RG350 devices have two SD cards — one that holds the operating system, and another for game files. The Retroid Pocket 2 has internal storage for the operating system, and one SD card for all of your game files.

The RG351P has just one single SD card, and it contains both the operating system AND your game files. This is advantageous if you don’t want to have multiple SD cards to deal with, but it also has one big disadvantage: if you mess up that SD card, you lose BOTH your operating system and your game files.

So this guide will show you how to back up the modified EmuELEC on your current stock SD card, and how to also install a fresh version of the software onto a new card.

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