AmberELEC Setup and Update Guide

AmberELEC Setup and Update Guide

Last updated: 13JUL2022

AmberELEC is the new custom firmware that replaced 351ELEC for devices such as the Anbernic RG351P, RG351M, RG351V, RG351MP, and RG552. This video and guide will walk you through its setup as well as showcase new features in this release.

AmberELEC webpage
AmberELEC discord server

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TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge on Retro Handhelds

TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge on Retro Handhelds

Last updated: 12JUL2022

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge has become a massive hit, and for good reason. It’s a perfect mixture of old-school beat-em-up and modern control schemes, and it has plenty of fun stuff to unlock, too. In this guide we’ll get the game running on various handhelds so you can play this game anywhere.

Anbernic RG552 (AmberELEC, JELOS)
Anbernic RG353P (JELOS, TheRA)
Anbernic RG503 (JELOS, ArkOS, TheRA)
Anbernic RG351P (AmberELEC, JELOS, ArkOS wuMMLe fork)
Anbernic RG351M (AmberELEC, JELOS, ArkOS wuMMLe fork)
Anbernic RG351V (ArkOS, TheRA, AmberELEC, JELOS)
Anbernic RG351MP (ArkOS, TheRA, AmberELEC, JELOS)
PowKiddy RGB10 (ArkOS) and tangentially the RGB10S and RGB20S
GameForce Chi (ArkOS, TheRA)
RK2020 (ArkOS)
ODROID Go Advance (ArkOS)
ODROID Go Super (The RetroArena, RetroOZ)
PowKiddy RGB10 Max and Max 2 (The Retro Arena, RetroOZ)

For best results, make sure you are running the most recent version of ArkOS, AmberELEC, or JELOS, and that you have installed the latest version of PortMaster. Here is my PortMaster guide.

Note that the “Final” version of ArkOS for the RG351P and RG351M will not support the game due to an outdated SDL2 library. However, wuMMLe’s fork of ArkOS has been updated to support it, but there are some script changes needed (see the notes below). If you want the latest for those devices, I recommend using JELOS or AmberELEC, since they are in active development.

Setting up this game is similar to other ports such as Celeste, Shovel Knight, Undertale, Timespinner, and Iconoclasts. Big thanks to developer JohnnyOnFlame for getting this port up and running; please consider buying him a coffee for his hard work.

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Guide: Timespinner on Retro Handhelds (PortMaster)

Guide: Timespinner on Retro Handhelds (PortMaster)

The indie classic game Timespinner has recently been ported to various handheld devices, thanks to community developers and the awesome PortMaster tool. Here are the systems that can run the game as of making this guide:

Anbernic RG351P (ArkOS final, TheRA, AmberELEC, JELOS)
Anbernic RG351M (ArkOS final, TheRA, AmberELEC, JELOS)
Anbernic RG351V (ArkOS, TheRA, AmberELEC, JELOS)
Anbernic RG351MP (ArkOS, TheRA, AmberELEC, JELOS)
Anbernic RG552 (AmberELEC, JELOS)
PowKiddy RGB10 (ArkOS)
GameForce Chi (ArkOS)
RK2020 (ArkOS)
ODROID Go Advance (ArkOS)
ODROID Go Super (The RetroArena, RetroOZ)
PowKiddy RGB10 Max (The Retro Arena, RetroOZ)

Setting up this game is similar to other ports such as Shovel Knight, Undertale, and Iconoclasts. Big thanks to developer JohnnyOnFlame for getting this port up and running; please consider buying him a coffee for his hard work.

Note that you will need to have PortMaster installed and updated on your device. Here is my PortMaster guide.

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Sega Saturn Update for ArkOS and RetroOZ

Sega Saturn Update for ArkOS and RetroOZ

Last updated: 30JAN2022

Thanks to new updates to their emulators, you can get greatly improved Sega Saturn performance on RG351V, RG351MP, RGB10, ODROID Go Advance, ODROID Go Super, and RGB10 Max devices running ArkOS and RetroOZ. In this guide I’ll show you how to install the new update, configure the emulator, and we’ll take a look at some gameplay, too.

Note that 351ELEC support is planned but not implemented yet.

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Stardew Valley on Retro Handhelds

Stardew Valley on Retro Handhelds

Last updated: 13JUL2022 (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 other devices that work with PortMaster, such as the Anbernic RG552, RG353P, and RG503.

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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Guide: Iconoclasts on Retro Handhelds (via PortMaster)

Guide: Iconoclasts on Retro Handhelds (via PortMaster)

Today we’re going to set up the indie game Iconoclasts to work on RK3326-powered retro handheld devices such as the RG351MP and the RG351V, as well as the RG552, RG503, and RG353P devices running PortMaster-friendly custom firmware. This port is available thanks to the PortMaster platform, which is available on the ArkOS, Retro Arena, JELOS, and AmberELEC firmwares.

Some notes

  • The video guide shows you how to set up the device on ArkOS, but the process will be the same for the other firmwares.
  • This game isn’t meant to play on low-resolution screens, and so the text is mostly illegible on 480×320 displays like on the RG351P, RG351M, and RGB10. In general, I would recommend this game for the RG351MP, RG351V, and the Chi GameForce.
  • As of making this video, the port doesn’t work on RetroOZ, so there is no option to play this on the RGB10 Max or ODROID Go Super.
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Review: 3D-Printed Grips for Anbernic Devices

Review: 3D-Printed Grips for Anbernic Devices

The 3D-printed grips in this video can transform the ergonomics of your device, and they ship worldwide. Current models include options for the RG350, RG350P, RG350M, RG280V, RG351P, RG351M, RG351V, and RG351MP devices.

Buy them here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/3DPrintingLennard/
Also on eBay: https://ebay.us/qe1qu5

I’m also giving away the following units:

RG280V (silver 80%)
RG351P (green)
RG350M/RG350P/RG351MP (orange transparent)
RG350M/RG350P/RG351MP (red transparent)
RG350 (green transparent)
Enter the giveaway here

Print your own with the Lupus Worax designs

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Guide: 351ELEC “Pineapple Forest” Update

Guide: 351ELEC “Pineapple Forest” Update

Let’s look at the latest update for the 351ELEC custom firmware, available now for the Anbernic RG351P, RG351M, RG351V, and RG351MP devices. In this video I’ll guide you through the installation (or update) process, and some of the new features they’ve added, such as custom bezels, save state management, standalone N64 emulation, and more.

Supported devices:
Anbernic RG351P
Anbernic RG351M
Anbernic RG351V
Anbernic RG351MP

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Final Review: Anbernic RG351MP

Final Review: Anbernic RG351MP

The Anbernic RG351MP is the latest in a line of RK3326-powered handheld gaming devices. In this video, we’ll take a final look at this console within four different use cases to determine whether the RG351MP is a good fit for you.

Buy an RG351MP here
TP Link AC600 5GHz WiFi dongle

Other devices worth considering:
Anbernic RG351V
PowKiddy RGB10 Max
Anbernic RG351P
Anbernic RG350M
Anbernic RG280V
PowKiddy V90

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Anbernic RG351MP — First Impressions and Comparison

Anbernic RG351MP — First Impressions and Comparison

Seemingly out of nowhere, the RG351MP (“Metal Pro”) dropped from the sky. This device has the oft-requested 4:3 aspect / 640×480 display but in a horizontal form factor. So is this device getting, or would it be better to grab an older (and cheaper) handheld instead? Let’s find out.

Anbernic official (AliExpress)
Anbernic official (eBay)
Anbernic direct

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