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Clone Consoles for retro gaming

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Post by Bomby » Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:07 am

Anyone have any opinions? Own any? Just emulate?

I know there's a lot of cheap clones out there, but a good quality hardware-based clone seems like the best way to play old cartridges on new TVs. I'm beyond happy with the Super NT for my SNES games and RetroUSB AVS for NES. Since SNES is the system I collect most for by far, the former has been a dream come true.

So in other words, I'm definitely pro-hardware based clone, but my understanding is that the emulator based clones aren't much to write home about. Right now the only Genesis/Mega Drive clones out there are apparently awful. Hyperkin is going to release an emulation-based No idea if anyone is working on a

The one thing that's awesome the hardware based clones is that, thanks to patent expirations, they're completely legal. I'd love to see hardware based clones for Sega Genesis & Master System, as well as the TurboGrafx-16. Unfortunately they don't seem to have the dedicated bases that Nintendo does.

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Re: Clone Consoles for retro gaming

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Post by I REALLY HATE POKEMON! » Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:33 am

I don't, but I probably wouldn't be interested unless I'm doing it for some type of convenience.

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Post by Bomby » Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:46 am

Put your original pre-Saturn Sega consoles in a box in your basement, because Analogue has announced the Mega Sg. It is an FPGA console that plays your original Sega cartridges and CDs through an HDMI output, so it will look good and not lag like a drunken Slopoke with its right leg cut off. At the moment, the only console/handheld it appears it will not support for pre-Saturn era is the 32X, but 32X sucked geriatric old people thumbs anyway. As the Mega Sg it is hardware-based, it will play the cartridges directly, instead of an emulation-based clone that would rip the game image and play it as a ROM file.

https://www.polygon.com/2018/10/16/1797 ... e-super-nt

Real talk. I have Analogue's Super Nt, their Super NES HDMI clone, which is undoubtedly the greatest video game hardware ever produced. The Mega Sg won't be quite as great, because it doesn't play Super NES games (SNES is objectively the best console of all time), but if Analogue continues with their tried and true formula of injecting it with unicorn DNA and the Essence of Cannoli, it will be the best Sega-related hardware ever produced, which is still very impressive in spite of not playing SNES cartridges.

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Post by е и ժ е я » Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:25 pm

My smart TV takes both composite and RF input without any noticeable processing delay, and I still have an old CRT on hand in the event that I need one, so I'm not really fussed about issues with analogue to digital processing. Shame so many screens do so badly.

I'd still like to grab a Retro Duo Portable version sometime while they're in production, even if the thing is a bit silly as a concept I'm sure it'd be fun to mess around with for a bit.
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Re: Clone Consoles for retro gaming

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Post by Bomby » Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:48 am

Besides the TV tech, my actual SNES is yellowing, my NES is testy, and neither can play Famicom or PAL games, which the clone consoles let me do.

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