Still My Favorite $40 Handheld! PowKiddy V90 Black Edition Review

Still My Favorite $40 Handheld!  PowKiddy V90 Black Edition Review

The PowKiddy V90 has a new color, and so let’s take this opportunity to give this device an updated review in the context of 2022 and a more saturated handheld market.

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Find it on Amazon (faster shipping)

Updated V90 guide

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My current (simple) 351ELEC setup

My current (simple) 351ELEC setup

Sometimes, less is more. In this video I’ll show you how I’ve pared down my retro game collection to just focus on the games that I actually want to play, and how it has given me the opportunity to just focus on games, and not endless browsing.

Devices that support this setup:
Anbernic RG351P
Anbernic RG351M
Anbernic RG351V
Anbernic RG351MP
PowKiddy RGB10 Pro
PowKiddy RGB10 Max
PowKiddy RGB10 Max 2

351ELEC: https://351elec.de/
ArkOS: https://github.com/christianhaitian/arkos/wiki

Note that while I didn’t explicitly mention it, this same setup can be done within RetroOZ for its supported devices as well. Check out the latest version here.

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Review: PowKiddy Q36 Mini

Review: PowKiddy Q36 Mini

Amazingly, the PowKiddy Q36 is one of those rare handheld devices that is just about perfect as soon as you pull it out of the box — no need for hardware mods, custom firmware, or learning a new complicated OS. Much of that has to do with the open-source FunKey firmware that it uses, which has some excellent quality of life features that make this micro handheld a wonderful grab-and-go option. So let’s run this $50 device through its paces and look at why I like it so much.

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100K Subscribers! Here’s what’s next.

100K Subscribers!  Here’s what’s next.

Amazingly and unexpectedly, this little project has grown to 100,000 subscribers. Let’s talk about the future of this channel, and I’ll give away a bunch of stuff too.

Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/user/retro-game-corps
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/retrogamecorps

Enter the giveaway here

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The 9 Handhelds to Consider in 2022

The 9 Handhelds to Consider in 2022

Let’s look at nine retro handheld gaming devices currently on the market or coming within the next few months, and which ones will give you the best value for your money.

Devices featured:
Anbernic RG552
PowKiddy X18S
Retroid Pocket 2+
AYN Odin
GPD XP
LG V60
Steam Deck
PS Vita
Nintendo Switch Lite

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PowKiddy X18S Firmware Upgrade (LineageOS, Android 11)

PowKiddy X18S Firmware Upgrade (LineageOS, Android 11)

In this video I’ll show you how to upgrade the operating system on the PowKiddy X18S to the slim and stable LineageOS from Black Seraph. We’ll also test out emulation performance with this new OS running N64, PSP, Dreamcast, GameCube, PS2, and more.

PowKiddy X18S
Black Seraph’s Patreon
JimRPG’s GameCube settings
Taki Udon’s PS2 settings

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Stardew Valley on Retro Handhelds

Stardew Valley on Retro Handhelds

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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Review and Guide: PowKiddy A20

Review and Guide: PowKiddy A20

The A20 is the latest device from PowKiddy, and sports an upgraded chip that can provide excellent N64 and PSP performance. But getting the device up and running is quite a bit of work, and there are some frustrations along the way. In this review we’ll take a look at its setup and performance, and help you determine whether this bargain-priced option is a good fit for you.

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Black Friday 2021 Deals

Black Friday 2021 Deals

Hi everyone, here is my roundup of Black Friday sales. I’ll be sure to update this post as I find more deals, and be sure to let me know if you find anything too!

AliExpress site-wide codes: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_Acw81q
$7 OFF $50 with code: BFCM7
$12 OFF $100 with code: BFCM12
$18 OFF $150 with code: BFCM18
$23 OFF $190 with code: BFCM23

Anbernic.com codes: https://anbernic.com/
$5 OFF $50 with code: BF05
$10 OFF $100 with code: BF10
$15 OFF $150 with code: BF15
$20 OFF $200 with code: BF20
$30 OFF $300 with code: BF30
$50 OFF $500 with code: BF50

PowKiddy.com $10 off $100 with code powkiddylove
TomTop 8% off site-wide code TTSMCLICK8: https://bit.ly/3FLOXme

Handheld devices:
PowKiddy V90 for $34: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_AATore
PocketGo v1 for $29: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_9AeU4A
TrimUI (A66) for $45: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_9yX7l8
Anbernic RG280V for $63: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_AmS3ni
Anbernic RG351V for $76: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_AsYhVW
ODROID-Go Advance for $29 (shipping might be high): https://www.hardkernel.com/
OGA battery for $4 (works great in RG351P): https://www.hardkernel.com/
Retroid Pocket 2 for $65 + shipping: https://bit.ly/30R1DK4

Controllers:
Backbone One + $10 Apple gift card (+ 3 months Game Pass Ultimate trial) for $85: https://bit.ly/3CTqjy9
GameSir X2 (USB-C) for $55: https://amzn.to/3p3Atay
GameSir X2 (BT) for $48: https://amzn.to/30Y0cZZ
Razer Kishi (Android) for $45: https://amzn.to/3nQ7M1u
8BitDo Pro 2 for $45: https://amzn.to/3xrksz5
8BitDo SN30 Pro for $38: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_9GjYiS
Super Console X controllers for $9: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_AlDaGO

MicroSD cards:
Use the code oemholidaysdcard2021 for 10% off on any of the cards on this page: https://bit.ly/3l8xs7R
SanDisk Ultra 128GB for $16: https://amzn.to/3nPI5hC
SanDisk Extreme 128GB for $20: https://amzn.to/3CTcLmy

Amazon deals:
Fire TV Stick 4K Max for $35: https://amzn.to/3xljAMr
My video on the Fire TV Stick 4K Max: https://youtu.be/SvgTzIMTt78
Fire HD 10 Plus tablet for $105: https://amzn.to/3oReV14
My video on the Fire HD 10 Plus: https://youtu.be/Oes2BHIRwo0

Modern consoles:
Xbox Series S for $285 (requires Costco membership): https://bit.ly/3COmz0Y

Retro Game Corps merch:
T-shirts, hoodies, stickers, and more, all 35% off: https://bit.ly/3CTeDvs

Note that some of these sales may not go into effect until later in the week, and there may be regional pricing differences. Some of these links are affiliate links, by clicking on a link and buying something I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Happy shopping!