Deep Dive Comparison: RG350M vs RG351P vs Retroid Pocket 2

Deep Dive Comparison: RG350M vs RG351P vs Retroid Pocket 2

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.

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Refreshing a used RG350 device

Refreshing a used RG350 device

I recently had an opportunity to take somebody’s RG350 and give it an internal makeover. Someone on the RG350 subreddit had asked for help in getting their device up and running again after several months of trial and error. So I took the project onboard and also filmed the entire process so you could see all the tricks I used to get everything back into tip-top shape.

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Super Mario 64 port for RG350 devices

Super Mario 64 port for RG350 devices

Last updated: 15NOV2020 (see Changelog for details)

If you’ve followed any of my previous video guides, you know that Nintendo 64 games don’t run well on the RG350 devices. Very few games even run at a speed that is considered “playable”, and even then, there are some major compromises in graphics and audio.

So that’s why I’m so excited to show off how to install a fully-functional beta port of Super Mario 64, and it works really well with all of the RG350 devices (plus the RG280 devices, too!). It’s not a super simple process (for example, you have to use the new beta OpenDingux firmware), but it’s a neat little project to unlock a feature most people never thought would be possible on these devices.

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Back up save files on RG350 devices

Back up save files on RG350 devices

Last updated: 05NOV2020 (see Changelog for details)

If you want to back up your save files on the RG350, RG350M, or RG350P, it usually involves finding each emulator’s default save location, which follows no standard hierarchy. Luckily, somebody recognized this inconsistency and built an app that allows you to back up save files to your external SD card, and then also restore these save files back to your internal card.

The app is called SaveSync, and it works really well for both save files and save states.

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Guide: EmulationStation on RG350 devices

Guide: EmulationStation on RG350 devices

Last updated: 12OCT2020 (see Changelog for details)

EmulationStation is a graphical and themeable emulator frontend that is designed specifically for devices that don’t have keyboards (like home theater PCs and Raspberry Pi devices). Luckily, it also works on handheld devices, and someone has kindly ported a copy over for the RG350 devices.

There are several frontends (user interfaces) available for the RG350. I’ve already created guides for SimpleMenu and 350teric (“Esoteric”), and I’ll work on more as time permits.

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Deep Dive Comparison: Retroid Pocket 2 vs RG350M

Deep Dive Comparison: Retroid Pocket 2 vs RG350M

27SEP2020

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.

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Guide: 350teric (Esoteric) frontend on the RG350

Guide: 350teric (Esoteric) frontend on the RG350

Last updated: 26SEP2020 (see Changelog for details)

There are several frontends (user interfaces) available for the RG350. I’ve already created a guide for SimpleMenu, and I have a couple more I’m working on right now. But today I want to show off 350teric (“Esoteric”), a frontend that largely works like the default GMenu2X interface, but with much more customization.

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New RG350 SimpleMenu “ComicBook” theme

New RG350 SimpleMenu “ComicBook” theme

Last updated 21SEP2020

Today I’m happy to share a new SimpleMenu theme that I’ve been working on. It is based on the ComicBook RetroPie theme from TMTturtleguy, which was first released a few years ago. In addition to changing the system and logo art for every system, I have made some coloring updates that blends the whole system together. I also updated the font to something that will allow for a lot of text while still being nice and legible on the screen.

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Guide: Brutal DOOM on the RG350

Guide: Brutal DOOM on the RG350

Last updated 22SEP2020 (see Changelog for details)

I recently published my Native Apps and Games guide, which includes an extensive guide and video on how to load various DOOM mods. Those instructions provide for a good portion of mods available; specifically, most “boom” or “vanilla” compatible mods (packaged as .wad files) will work with this method.

But many people familiar with the DOOM mod scene know that ZDoom (now called GZDoom) has become the most popular mod platform for DOOM-based games, and those mods (usually packaged as .pk3 files) are not compatible with my previous method. Luckily, thanks to some very helpful folks on Reddit and Facebook, I’ve created a guide that will allow you to play Brutal DOOM, one of the most popular DOOM mods of all time, on your RG350 devices.

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