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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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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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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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. This port is available thanks to the PortMaster platform, which is available on the ArkOS, Retro Arena, and 351ELEC firmwares.

Some notes

  • The video guide shows you how to set up the device on ArkOS, but the process will be the same for 351ELEC or The Retro Arena.
  • 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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Review: Anbernic RG280M

Review: Anbernic RG280M

The Anbernic RG280M is on sale for $63 on Amazon so I decided to pick one up and compare it to the current catalog of sub-$100 retro handheld devices. With a well-established chipset and excellent custom firmware, is this a hidden gem, or something worth skipping?

Amazon sale ($63, limited stock)
AliExpress ($66)
Adam firmware guide

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Singles Day Sales (2021)

Singles Day Sales (2021)

Today is Singles Day in China, which means there are lots of deals to be had for the next 24-48 hours. Some are better than others, but here is a collection of items I’ve found. I’ll edit this post as I get more deals — be sure to share anything you find in the comments too! Note that some of these are affiliate links, and I may receive a small commission if you order anything (at no extra cost to you).

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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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Guide: Moonlight on Retro Handhelds

Guide: Moonlight on Retro Handhelds

Last updated: 28NOV2021

Moonlight is a game streaming tool designed to allow you to stream your screen (and games) from a PC to a connected device. This means you can stream games that wouldn’t normally run on your device, such as GameCube, PS2, PC games, and so on. This is an excellent option if you want to play a few games while in bed, or on the couch, or maybe at the dinner table.

For this guide, we will focus on Moonlight support for ArkOS and RetroOZ firmwares on the following handheld devices:

Anbernic RG351P (ArkOS final, 351ELEC) — requires WiFi dongle
Anbernic RG351M (ArkOS final, 351ELEC)
Anbernic RG351V (ArkOS, 351ELEC)
Anbernic RG351MP (ArkOS, 351ELEC)
PowKiddy RGB10 (ArkOS) — requires WiFi dongle
PowKiddy RGB10 Max (RetroOZ) — requires WiFi dongle for 5GHz
GameForce Chi (ArkOS)
RK2020 (ArkOS) — requires WiFi dongle
ODROID Go Advance (ArkOS) — may require WiFi dongle
ODROID Go Super (RetroOZ) — requires WiFi dongle

UPDATE! As of 28NOV2021, Moonlight streaming is now working on 351ELEC firmware via PortMaster!

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