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Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Gamecube pulled out and playing!
« on: March 20, 2019, 11:07:44 PM »
Recently I started watching someones youtube video which showed a clip of every gamecube game. After watching that I felt that I was asleep during that period of gaming. I saw so many games that I did not know existed that I now want to play.  :o

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Retro-Bit Sega Genesis Controller!
« on: March 15, 2019, 05:11:41 AM »
Sega partnered with Retro Bit to produce these controllers. They are officially licenced by Sega. There are a whole series of controllers coming out this year for Genesis, Saturn, and Dreamcast. The controller has become my favorite to use. Yes it is solid.

For some strange reason I just rediscovered my Sega Genesis collection again. Been spending a lot of time playing through those games. Trying right now to form a list of games that I have so I don't up and purchase something I already have.  8)

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Retro-Bit Sega Genesis Controller!
« on: March 09, 2019, 05:41:13 PM »
This is the 30th anniversary of Street Fighter 2 Ryu controller from Retro-Bit. This controller feels very solid with clicky buttons, awesome. I have been enjoying playing Street Fighter 2 Championship Edition. Great fan work with the artwork of Ryu across the face.  The size is good. One thing that puzzled me as I actually took out a tape measure to the cord, 5" 8"? Come on! 5" 8"? What's 4 inches? Somebody tell me what is it with four inches? Why couldn't it have been 6 feet? Or maybe 10 feet. Sorry for the rant. Almost lost my cool.

Mode button on top sort-of in the place you would find a shoulder button.

This is the big plus about this controller, two hookups. Made for the original, or clone, Genesis system, but can also be used on a PC, or the Altgames Genesis mini.

I do highly recommend this controller to anyone that needs a Genesis controller. This is the bomb. And a special thank you to Retro-bit for the love.

Just thought I would do an update.
I have stopped using china reproduction games in this clone. The PC board is too thick and they are getting stuck. Some of them won't work anyway. The system will play the game but the repro won't play.

Some games the audio, well I can except the "Elvis" sound bite missing from the SEGA intro of Comic Zone, but Musha's music? Now you are messing with my stuff, awful does not describe.  :'(

Most of the Genesis games were in 320x224. Some of the low resolution games would start in the resolution for the Sega logo and title screen then switch to low for the game.

The SNES had the capability to run in 512x448, but from what info I can gather only a couple of games actually ran in that mode. Not sure what games those were.

But when you think about it, not much was needed in those old CRT tvs. It is only now when you begin to play something like this on the newer HD tvs that it hurts to look.  :)) Many of the old computers back then did not have resolutions much different.

I am finding out that the shimmering effect in the graphics are only in the games that were of the low res 256x224. There were over 100 games that were low res. All of the SNES were in low res except for a some hand full.
And the audio is stereo.

The last time I got a Sega Genesis clone system it was the Fei Hao version. And I got that one for the specific purpose of being able to have a direct HDMI hook up for my Genesis carts. I started reading, and youtube watching, some of the reviews of this one from Hyperkin and became very interested.

And let me emphasize that you will only get  the best experience with the original hardware. Then there is the Genesis system by Analogue which is a high end hardware clone. $200 is a lot of money for many of us. I am strictly a budget gamer. Low end is where I dwell when it comes to gaming. But at the same time I would like something simple and within my financial boundaries. If I want to hook up my original Genesis to one of my HD flatscreens, it is a pixel jaggie nightmare. But that is my only choice, I have no CRT, it died. The best you can do with the original hardware is get one of those up converters to HDMI.  The best ones are very expensive and it would be best if you just went with the alternative of the Analogue console. As for the cheap “up converters,” well, they are just not as good as the clone consoles with the HDMI output. They produce a blurr in the graphics.

I am not really a fan of Hyperkin products. Though I do enjoy the Supaboy portable. I had sort of gotten the impression that seemingly their research and development department was dead. And that they just repackaged their tech occasionally. Never heard or saw any improvements. But this Mega HD console is the first time I feel that my impression has changed.

Build and Design: It has a quality feel to it but I am wondering how much of that is deception. I know from watching youtube videos, of a console tear down, that there are metal weights inside. That is okay with me, it gives it better stability with the rubber feet, no sliding. Plastic thickness is acceptable and I am okay with it. I like the overall design and appeal, to me, it is attractive in its appearance. And I like the big blue “H” on the corner lighting up when the system is turned on. You have the usual “on & off” switch and “reset” button. Up front,two controller ports which are compatible with the original Sega brand controller. Outputs are analog and HDMI. You have a region switch, NTSC, PAL, JP, on the bottom and an aspect ratio switch, 4:3 or 16:9, on the back. One thing I like about inserting a cart is that the connector pins are close to the lid. This is far better than the Fei Hao console where I had difficulty inserting carts due to the depth and reach. Having no guide, like the original hardware, enables the system to accept different region carts, Japan vs NTSC. With the Fei Hao you are dealing with 1.5 inches vs a little under an inch with the Mega HD. Believe me it makes all the difference in the world. One is a straight shot and the other one is a feeling, hunting your way, blindly trying to hit the hole.

Video Out: The games look great, I say that with a bit of hesitation. It depends on the game and the mode of resolution. Low res games has jaggies due to the nature of the beast. I was very happy that my favorite shooter on the Genesis as it is in the high res mode, Bio Hazard Battle. It looks and plays beautiful, love it. With some games, there is something there, like Street Fighter 2 Champion Edition. Playing the game there was something in the background in some stages that I caught out of the corner of my eye, shimmering in the graphics? It could be seen in the vertical lines, just barely noticeable. Enough at the moment that I got a Hy-Yu-Ken against my head. But this only happens when you move in such a way that it causes the background to scale. I saw this in one other game so far. It could bother someone who is picky, but hey, for those that are like that, stick to the original hardware. And it runs Virtua Racing perfectly, totally pleased with it. I did have a bit of trouble at first, freezing during gameplay, red screen. But after cleaning the cart, no problems, runs great. Reproduction carts fit tight, but with the original carts, I didn’t really have any trouble. Colors are rich, some might be a slight bit over saturated, but I think that is limited to how the color pallet is used. Graphics are smooth. I understand that it works with the mega system converter. I do not have that to verify. I can verify that it works with the China Everdrive.

Audio: This has been a killer in the clone market for the Genesis games. This time I am pleasantly pleased at what I am hearing. Really not that bad. There is something in certain games that I can’t really put my finger on that makes me stop and say “huh?” There is some things, sounds, notes, that seem louder, at times. Some games “are” louder than others, don’t understand that. Other games I don’t notice anything that would seem out of place, or doesn’t distract me. Not sure how the audio is different in some games. But this is really the best that I have heard on a Genesis clone console, we are closer than we have ever been.

Controller: It comes with all the wiring, hook ups, so you can have it analog or HDMI, whatever. But it only includes one controller. Depends how you look at it, that can be a pro or a con. It is “okay.” I could play shooters with no problem. And I did not have any issues adjusting to it. It is really not that bad. I was able with some difficulty play Street Fighter 2. The only great thing it has going for it is that it has a ten foot cord. Since you will need a second controller, I would suggest getting the original hardware controller or a retro-bit one. The original fits like a glove, and only a retro gamer would understand that statement.

Final Word:
This is only one of those options for the HDMI problem. I am satisfied. It is, what it is, and it works for me. I purchased this system because it had a price drop, ca-ching $37,  at Walmart online or Amazon. I feel I got my money’s worth. Those who are a bit more picky may contend that you get what you pay for. I feel that it is the best Genesis clone out there, at the moment, that is a budget priced low end solution. Of course it is cart only, no way to attach the Sega CD or 32X. I am a bit surprised that Hyperkin is the one to give us Genesis HDMI gaming that really is a nice experience.

Still trying games, a Sega Genesis revival going on right now "in the house."

General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday HelScyth!
« on: March 01, 2019, 06:28:28 AM »
Happy Birthday!!!

Not sure how much I should chime in on this one, just saw this post. One of my jobs at my company is "Warranty Manager." I deal with customer returns of our product. We manufacture heat exchangers, example, radiators. We only cover workmanship and material. I guess one advantage I have is that I can look at a warranty and know what they will cover when I purchase something. And I completely understand why. I ask my customers, or dealers, one thing, as long as it is in the warranty period, don't touch it, return it as it is. If someone monkeys with it, that creates a situation where the product is not in its original failed state. I cannot tell what caused the failure, that is bad for me and bad for the customer. I cannot tell if this is something that can effect other customers or an isolated issue. I usually reject it. But past the warranty, its your baby. Do what you want to do. During the warranty period we do not warrant repairs made to our product due to the nature of what we manufacture.
And I think I can understand where they are coming from when it comes to electronics. I would not want to warrant a piece of electronics that some shop down the street places a cheap Chinese board in and it burnt out the whole system. And I also understand the other side as a consumer.

(Cough) Companies usually try to produce a product that will last past the warranty period (Cough)

General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Retro Junkie
« on: February 23, 2019, 04:09:20 PM »
Tekken is dominating right now in my new games. It is Tekken tag Tournament 2 with more than 50 characters to choose from.  :o I am getting stomped! I like the fact that there are special moves for my character just by touching the screen but that doesn't help me. I was also surprised that it was on the Wii U when I first started looking at the physical games list. I also like the fact that there are two different art inserts for the cover. You just pull it out and flip it over.

Transformers Prime for the Wii U should be able to pick that up for around $12 on eBay. Not that expensive. Nice game from what I have played, close to the 3DS version.

Legend of Kay; I have gone in and got a save point, but it is one of those games that forces you to go through training. I had to put it down until I can suffer through that part. Seems  okay at this point.

Rodea was a big surprise! It includes both the Wii and Wii U versions of the game, two discs. It has the art insert for both, another flip cover, plus both booklets.

At this point I see Tekken and Monster Hunter being the favored ones out of this game lot. Overall nice haul.

General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Retro Junkie
« on: February 22, 2019, 06:11:23 PM »
Games for my birthday!!! I'm a 64 year old man!!! What 64 year man gets games for his birthday?!

 :o ::)


Thanks for the birthday wishes. It has been a very good day indeed. Been spending some time on the Wii U today.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: What CLASSIC Systems would you like to see?
« on: February 15, 2019, 06:22:23 AM »
A Jaguar system could have,
Defender 2000
Tempest 2000
Zool 2
Iron Soldier
Iron Soldier 2

Then throw in,
Super Burnout
Alien vs Predator (Maybe)
Ruiner Pinball

I am not sure beyond that as far as its list goes. I would pick one up after it dropped to $29.99 just for Defender, Raiden, and Tempest. Those are the only games that kept my interest in mine, and the only reason I keep it. Super Burnout on the system is ummm... one of those games that showed what the system could be capable of, missed opportunity, tech demo kind of feel. It is enjoyable for what it does but is not my go to game for motor cycle racing. Missing a lot of elements that make that "wow" feel.

General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Mastermario!
« on: February 10, 2019, 08:12:48 PM »
Happy Birthday!!!

General Discussion / Re: Bumble Bee the Movie
« on: February 07, 2019, 06:32:08 AM »
I wouldn't mind seeing it but Michael Bay movies are looked down on in my home. My Daughter is a big fan of the original Transformer cartoons. And my Wife just doesn't care much for those type of movies. Whenever it is released on video I could watch it on my phone under the covers.  :o

It was right on the edge of being 70 today.  8)

General Discussion / Re: Happy 1 Year of Chicken Dinner Gaming!
« on: February 03, 2019, 08:51:18 AM »
Whaaaaat! It really doesn't seem like a year. But then again, at my age, time seems to go fast.

I would actually like to see a Turbo Grafx 16 mini with 30 games. Menu needs to be set up like the Nintendo minis. Now that I would need to have in my collection. I never tire of their shooters or Bonk.

14 right now. Yesterday it was about that all day. Supposed to warm up today into the 30's.  :))

Tomorrow it is not supposed to get above 18.  :(

It was 55 on Monday.

Its early morning and I have 19 outside.

General Discussion / Re: Post Your Recent Gaming Purchases Thread
« on: January 27, 2019, 10:03:01 AM »
Funny how you get distracted when someone you work around gets interested in a console you own. Here I just got a Wii U and I am purchasing Gamecube games. These are my recent pickups. The opened games have no cover art. I am beginning to suspect that the Batman Begins cover art is not original. Reproduction maybe?  ;)

Batman Begins (had no idea this game existed)
Baten Kaitos
Capcom vs SNK 2 EO (had no idea this game existed- where was I?)
A series of Unfortunate Events
Evolution Worlds
Odama ( i need a gamecube mic for this one)
Waverace Blue Storm (I sort of like the N64 one better)

Gaming / Movie / Media Deals / Re: PlayStation Classic - $55!
« on: January 25, 2019, 06:18:57 PM »

edit: My biggest problem is, any of the games on that console mini that I might be interested in,  I have. I can just pull them out and play them on my PS3. And they play without any kind of issue. The only point in owning such a disaster would be just to collect an oddity.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Gamecube pulled out and playing!
« on: January 22, 2019, 11:40:05 PM »
I find the game still awesome to play. It is so well put together. In my book it has aged well. An Amazing beat'em up.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Cubivore - Gamecube
« on: January 20, 2019, 06:06:15 PM »
But you can't play the Japan version on the US Cube unless it is modded.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Cubivore - Gamecube
« on: January 19, 2019, 11:19:34 PM »
Never heard of this game. I looked it up on youtube and it looks creepy weird.  :)
And the price they have this game on eBay is totally unreal.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Gamecube pulled out and playing!
« on: January 18, 2019, 06:36:11 AM »
A co-worker just purchased his first gamecube, came with a lot of games. Experiencing someone else's excitement and enthusiasm  has motivated me to pull out my cube and games. I have even purchased a couple games and am looking for more. I just realized that I only have around forty games for the system. That is not acceptable. I usually have a few games out for play on the Wii but with that console dead, got to get out the real thing. Love the "wavebird."

Viewtiful Joe is getting a revival.

Nintendo - Switch, Wii U, and 3DS / Re: My Wii U Experience......
« on: January 17, 2019, 11:27:25 PM »
Thanks, nice to know that. I haven't used the Wii U cable yet. I have been pulling my PS3 HDMI cable for the Wii U when I am playing it and then putting it back when I have the PS3 on.

Nintendo - Switch, Wii U, and 3DS / Re: My Wii U Experience......
« on: January 17, 2019, 10:13:55 PM »
Reason I got the hard drive was the "updates." I was at first afraid of hitting a wall. But I also thought after looking through the store that there are games I might download and purchase. Some N64 games, nes, snes, and a few others just to play on the HDMI through the Wii U. I had to get a Y cord due to the Wii U not capable of handling an external drive through one usb. If I plan on purchasing the whole 160 Wii U game library then it might come in handy. I have noticed that the console is putting everything on the external drive now that I have it attached.

Many of he Wii games look amazing on the Wii U HDMI output. Worth every penny.

Nintendo - Switch, Wii U, and 3DS / Re: My Wii U Experience......
« on: January 16, 2019, 06:32:36 AM »
Installed an external harddrive today, 300gb. And I've been playing Sin & Punishment for the Wii.

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