I often get asked which system is best to buy right now: the RG350M ($120), RG351P ($95), or the Retroid Pocket 2 ($85 + shipping). The video below will break down all of the aspects I find most important when considering one of these devices: hardware, supported systems, user interface, screen, and performance.Continue reading “Deep Dive Comparison: RG350M vs RG351P vs Retroid Pocket 2”
Last updated: 18OCT2020
I’ve had my Retroid Pocket 2 for about a month now, so I think it’s time to share my final thoughts on the device. I’ve made a lengthy video (below) that walks you through all of the aspects, but here is a written review as well.Continue reading “Retroid Pocket 2: In-depth review”
Last updated 10OCT2020 (see Changelog for details)
Among Us is a popular game on Steam and smartphones, and given that it isn’t very CPU-intensive, it seems like a perfect fit for the Android-based Retroid Pocket 2. The only problem is that the game is designed for touch controls. Luckily, there’s a very easy workaround to get this game up and running on your handheld device.
Note that this method will work for just about any touch-based Android app, so if you have a favorite game that you’re itching to try, this is your solution.Continue reading “Guide: Among Us on the Retroid Pocket 2”
Last updated 29SEP2020 (see Changelog for details)
I have a confession to make: I’d never really played the Sega Dreamcast until my Retroid Pocket 2 arrived in the mail. Because of this fact, I ended up diving into this system first, to explore all of the new games (well, new to me). Here is my quick guide on how to set up Dreamcast emulation on your Retroid Pocket 2. There are still a lot of people out in the community finding new ways to improve gameplay on this device, so expect frequent updates to the guide in the future.Continue reading “Guide: Sega Dreamcast on the Retroid Pocket 2”
I often get asked which one is a better purchase right now: the Retroid Pocket 2, or the Anbernic RG350M? Here is a deep-dive video where I try to cover every aspect of these devices to help you make the right decision. I cover hardware, button travel, weight, software, screen quality, game performance, and quality of life features.Continue reading “Deep Dive Comparison: Retroid Pocket 2 vs RG350M”
Last updated: 25SEP2020
I bought and tested the Skull & Co. thumb grip caps for my handheld devices, and made a quick video about the experience:Continue reading “Product test: Skull & Co grips on Retroid Pocket 2 and RG350M”
Last updated: 24SEP2020 (see Changelog for details)
The two Legend of Zelda games that were released on the Nintendo DS were classics of their time. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (2007) is a follow up to Wind Waker (NGC, 2003), and has a Metacritc score of 90 today. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (2009) is a mix of action and puzzle gameplay, and has a Metacritic score of 87. When I first fired up my Retroid Pocket 2, I was excited to try these games on my new device. Thing is, they are built for stylus controls, and so at face value, these games are virtually uplayable on handheld emulation devices.
Luckily, someone also had this same problem, and they’ve figured out a way to mod the original ROM files so that they respond to d-pad controls. I’ve tested both games, and they feel like what you’d expect from a gamepad-based Zelda game (in other words, they’re awesome). This method requires a bit of Windows wizardry, but I’ll walk you through the process.
As a bonus, I’ve also included instructions on how to patch d-pad controls for another game: Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow.Continue reading “Guide: Enable D-Pad controls on the Legend of Zelda Nintendo DS games”
Last updated 24SEP2020 (see Changelog for details)
One of my most pleasant surprises with a new Retroid Pocket 2 is that it can play Nintendo DS games surprisingly well. I just didn’t think that was possible with a single screen, let alone a lack of touchscreen, but it turns out that many games are very manageable with the Retroid Pocket 2, thanks to a special DS emulator called DraStic. So in this guide I’ll walk you through how to download and configure DraStic, and list off some games that perform really well with the Retroid Pocket 2.Continue reading “Guide: Nintendo DS on the Retroid Pocket 2”
Last updated 19SEP2020
So I’ve had a few days with my new Retroid Pocket 2, so here is a quick video to demonstrate some of the things I’ve learned. I still have a ways to go in getting it fully up to speed, but I thought you’d appreciate some of the progress I’ve made.Continue reading “Retroid Pocket 2 Day 3 — Launchers, Among Us, DS, and more!”
After over a month of waiting for it to arrive, my pre-ordered Retroid Pocket 2 finally came in the mail. It will take me some time to familiarize myself with its user interface and potential, but I wanted to make a quick post and video to share my initial thoughts. Other than watching a few videos to determine whether I wanted to buy the device, I mostly stayed away from videos and discussion about tweaking the experience. I wanted to have a fresh impression when first opening the box.Continue reading “Retroid Pocket 2: First Impressions”