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Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Animal Crossing: Wild World - DS
« on: July 19, 2019, 11:13:49 PM »
Which game are you talking about hooking up? I have both. New leaf I have not played that much. Wild world, I played to death back in its glory days.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Turbo Grafx-16 Mini Pre-Order
« on: July 16, 2019, 05:46:32 PM »
Okay I'm on board. Just made my preorder. The first mini for me and it took the Turbografx 16 to do it!

edit: I hope someone comes up with some sort of way to add my other games onto the console. We need a hack!!

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Turbo Grafx-16 Mini Pre-Order
« on: July 15, 2019, 07:08:38 PM »
@BLUEVOODU preorder for the PC Engine Mini on Amazon Japan is going on. Why are we being left out?


Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Turbo Grafx-16 Mini Pre-Order
« on: July 14, 2019, 11:03:52 PM »
I have signed up for the email alert.

@AngelBob for years, we as a family, including my Wife, blew each other up with bomberman. It was part of our family time. My Daughter now is in her thirties and those are some of those childhood memories.  ;)

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: TurboGrafx 16 mini
« on: July 14, 2019, 09:22:14 AM »
@BLUEVOODU I think Psychosis was an odd random pick. Good game but I would have liked to have seen W-Ring too. And I sort-of thought Gate of Thunder would have been a no brainer, love the sound track of that game.
I'm missing,
Legendary Axe
Street Fighter 2
Ciber Core
Maerchen Maze
and a few other shmups would have been nice. But I think I see what they are doing. (Thinking positive here.) They probably felt they have one shot at this. So in order to keep cost down there would only be one internal hardware board, with limited space for games, that could be used in multiple outer shells. And they straddled the fence to please fans everywhere. Not sure why Chew-Man-Fu is there, but maybe they were trying to get a balance of genre rather than have the list full of shmups, which is what the console was known for. Maybe that game had its fans,.......hmmm yeah right.

@AngelBob For your SNES gaming you need a Hyperkin SuperRetron HD, Gamerz Tek 16-bit HD, or a Retro-bit Super Retro Trio HD. Either one of these would allow you to use the original SNES game pad. That is unless you are experiencing some sort of latency issues between the TV and the console, incompatibility maybe?

For multiplayer gaming with your children, I would suggest the Nintendo DSi "Bomberman." It is always fun to blow someone up. Get that competitive spirit pumping. Also Animal Crossing, my daughter an I have enjoyed that for years. Mario Kart racing is another one of those competitive games.

I like dedicated gaming systems for gaming. I recommend DSi or 3DS. On the 3DS the monster Hunter game could be a winner.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: TurboGrafx 16 mini
« on: July 12, 2019, 10:59:12 PM »
Final list of games? A little puzzled by their list and why it was done like this? 50 games but it is not really 50 games. There is a mixture of US and Japanese titles which results in duplicates. I so wanted Legendary Axe and Gate of Thunder. But there are some solid titles there.

Not sure I like what they did here but at the same time I am excited about this even though I am disappointed in some missing titles.

TurboGrafx-16 mini pre-orders go live on Amazon Prime Day!!!

If anybody is going to be the 80yr old man it will be me.  :)) And did someone say classic, hummm and retro?

Nintendo - Switch, 3DS, and Wii-U / Re: Booklets and 3DS games
« on: July 09, 2019, 05:57:45 PM »

LOL... there was one that had Dragon Poop?  Is that right, @retro junkie ?

You know, I can't remember. I am going to need to begin playing these things all over again. @BLUEVOODU

Announcements and FAQs / Re: Dark Theme Added
« on: July 09, 2019, 05:47:37 PM »

Announcements and FAQs / Re: Dark Theme Added
« on: July 09, 2019, 05:44:57 PM »
Okay, finally found it. Never thought of looking there. I was expecting something in a menu or down the page.

Also how do you do that email alert thing when you respond to something?

Announcements and FAQs / Re: Dark Theme Added
« on: July 09, 2019, 06:28:28 AM »
Under profile there are only five things,

Account Settings
Forum Profile

There is nothing under any of those items that concerning Look & Layout, or changing the theme.

Announcements and FAQs / Re: Dark Theme Added
« on: July 08, 2019, 09:19:20 PM »
I do not see any option for a "Look & Layout."

Announcements and FAQs / Re: Dark Theme Added
« on: July 08, 2019, 01:07:24 PM »
When you talk about themes, where do you change those things? I don't see any place to do this.

The Game Genie works with this console. Yes the Game Genie is the best option if reproduction games are used on this system. Makes a great combo with the console and increases the game library options when it comes to those hard to get games, collector prices, or rare. When there is no other way to have a copy but to purchase a reproduction game.  And then there are those games that are homebrew, independent developer. Of course all that can be avoided if you are satisfied with just an Ever Drive for the Genesis. The Ever Drive will work with no problems. All you would need is just a copy of Virtua Racing to go with the Ever Drive and you're all set.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Hyperkin SNES: Frist Impressions
« on: July 05, 2019, 09:19:19 AM »
I think it is a good alternative for that budget gamer that is trying to get into a little retro gaming. Easy hookup to that flatscreen. The power cord can be plugged into the TV USB port, how convenient is that?  it is a nice little pickup for the kids combined with Super Mario All Stars, the  Donkey Kong games, Yoshi's Island, and Super Mario World.  Some of these games are not that hard to find at a good price. Especially when it can play Super Famicom too, cheaper prices on same titles that I have listed. Street Fighter 2 is an easy cheap pick up most of the time. 

Haven't gone into depth gaming on this one to really give an honest review. Give me some time.  ;) That is why I listed it as a first impression. Just throwing games at it, I haven't found anything that seems to show a problem. With the lack of scanlines, for those nostalgic gamers that are purest, clone gaming might not be for everyone.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Hyperkin SNES: Frist Impressions
« on: July 03, 2019, 02:34:38 PM »
[I apologize for the format. I just loaded this up earlier on my blog site.]

The best way to play a SNES game is on the original hardware using a CRT. If you still have this setup, feel fortunate.

The SupaRETRON HD has a smaller footprint and will fit snug anywhere.

I suppose one has to consider the type of technology, that is put into these things, in order to deliver to the market “a cheap clone.” It should be expected that there are going to be flaws and that the tech has its limitations. When you look at “Analogue’s” consoles, it seems obvious, that in order to get something that compares to the original experience, on modern HD flatscreens, you are going to peel off some of that hard-earned jingle you carry around in your pocket. The switch from traditional tube scanlines to HD TV can be a traumatic experience for an old gamer. It is understood why many fall into the purest camp clinging to, and trying to maintain, their old consoles and CRTs. These games were designed for that certain time period, with no thought that many would love these things beyond their intended gaming generation. If you were there, you know that there is just no way to reproduce the magic of that period in gaming. There was no “net” so information was delivered by long waited for gaming magazines with sometimes months old news, and local arcade rumors. TV commercials only fed the fire to the already gaming community hype. The electricity and excitement that filled the air in those days as the trail was pioneered, and cleared, for modern-day gaming will never be repeated. And it is a real need among “those gamers” to preserve that part of gaming history. Retro gamers were born out of that need.

With that being said, I will now move into looking at my first impressions of the Hyperkin HD SNES.

The Micro USB power port, HDMI, and aspect ratio switch is the big winners here.

It depends on which SNES HD clone you purchase in what you are willing to except, or put up with, in your SNES gaming experience, obviously. I choose the Hyperkin mainly for the specific advantage in the way they powered their systems. I have the Hyperkin NES, Sega Genesis, and now the SNES HD. All three are powered by the same small matching USB power brick and connects into a mini USB port on the console. I only have one power cord running to the consoles and one HDMI. It depends on which system I am playing at the time that will be connected. When it comes to cheap HD clones, and I say this with gritted teeth, these may be close to being the cream of the crop, for now. There are those few others that are not bad choices.

On the Ever Drive China Ver. running Gradius 3. The beginning animation, title screen, and options menu were all normal, until you enter the game. The original SNES cart runs perfect.

There are compatibility problems that I found with the Ever Drive. It might be limited to the China version which is the only one that I own. Don’t know. There were certain games that were unplayable with, for example, the background graphics horribly broken and mangled. Putting in the same game and playing from the original cart there was no problem, for example a game like Gradius 3 was one. Not all games from the “Ever Drive China version” had compatibility issues, but keep in mind that the Ever Drive is designed for the original console. Not a big deal for me. I mainly use the Ever Drive as a game demo cart to see if I want to invest in a certain game. The console is totally compatible with reproduction games, on the other hand. So that is a plus, for me, as I have occasionally purchased a repro, it does run the retrobit’s Jaleco Brawler’s Pack. Seems to have good compatibility across the specialty chips. It plays Star Ocean great, water and reflections, sound bites, are there and nothing seems noticeably wrong. Star Fox, Yoshi’s Island, Super Gameboy, Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Kirby Super Star, all play with no issues. That covers the SA1, Super FX GSU-1, S-DD1, Super FX GSU-2, and the Sharp LR35902 core chips. The SA1 chip was used in around 34 games including the Mario RPG. Many games look good in spite of the jaggies, Yoshi’s Island for one. Some are not that bad when the jaggies are not as pronounced while others look eye bleedingly shocking, gasp. The console can play both SNES and Super Famicom games.

Visually, some games fair better than others, backgrounds usually look great. Jaggies are embedded into the main character sprites, or any low-rez sprites in general, so get over it if this is the route anyone wants to take. It is just a part of cheap clone gaming life. No one has placed a scanline feature on a cheap console, yet. I am sure if they find a cheap and easy way of doing it without sacrificing cost, using system-on-a-chip technology, it will happen. Just not there yet. Colors are rich and graphics are sharp with smooth animation for nonintentional playing on a large HD screen. At least as good as they can be under the circumstances without the scanlines. Audio, so far, is, normal, for a SNES. At least I haven’t ran across anything that raises my eyebrows or causes me to cry.

They basically got the configuration right with something ergonomically going on with the backside. I have no issues with it.

The controllers, that are supplied with the console, two, are good and feel close to the originals. Of course, if you are not satisfied you can use original controllers. Most respectable clone consoles come equipped with this feature. You get a generous 7ft 7inch cord, I measured. And the system comes with all hookups, both HDMI and RCA cords. But why bother with the RCA hookups if the main purpose is the HDMI? Has a NTSC-PAL switch on the bottom and a 16:9-4:3 aspect ratio switch on the backside of the console. It has an eject button that works great just like the original.

Not sure what more I can add at this point. It is really a matter of choice. (Choose your poison wisely, I guess, LOL.) Original hardware is still available for about the same price. You would need to fork out some extra cash for the HDMI connection. There are starting to be a few good options as manufacturers see money to be made. I have tried a few of the universal connection ones, but not the console specific, with unsatisfying results. Clone consoles are far better with their direct HDMI connection. Having been present in the local gaming stores when someone is looking into retro, I know they push clone systems. Even tried to correct one of the workers, nicely, about the NES light gun. They really don’t listen or understand. Game stores push the clones over the used gaming consoles that they carry. I am sure it is due to the easy HDMI connect.

Just think, as 4K becomes the standard in the future market for HD TVs we might be going through something similar as the signals are totally incompatible. At least for the tuners it is, not certain about the HDMI. That might not change hopefully. The headache continues………?

Everyone of their consoles has this trademark touch on the corner, lights up when the system is on.

I have spent time on one of my Father's day gifts. It is the Jaleco Brawler's Pack from retro-bit.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Sega Genesis mini: it is happening!
« on: June 26, 2019, 08:58:30 PM »
I so wanted this Sega Mini but I can't have it and the Turbo Mini. The Turbo has my meager funds right now.

What makes matters worse, someone threw up a Mac Mini running High Sierra, 8GB ram, 2.3Ghz i5, 500GB HD, with wireless Apple keyboard and touch pad for $192. I love messing with stuff like this. So here I am typing this on that Mac Mini and it runs like a dream. For all that I do on a computer this is perfect for me.  8)

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: TurboGrafx 16 mini
« on: June 23, 2019, 11:18:45 PM »
Unless there are licensing issues, they should be able to put most of the library of games on a mini with no problem.
I would love to have every shooter made for the system with an easy HDMI hook up.  ;)

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: TurboGrafx 16 mini
« on: June 23, 2019, 03:17:22 PM »
Dracula X Rondo of Blood?
They ported that game to the PSP entitled "Dracula X Chronicles."

Retro Gaming and Hardware / TurboGrafx 16 mini
« on: June 15, 2019, 03:52:52 PM »
Okay now you have my full attention! I must have this! I did not realize until recently that Konami had acquired all the rights to the Hudson Soft stuff. With this announcement I am very excited. I hope the games include not only Hucard but also CD. So far they are on the right track with a hand full of titles which includes one CD game, Y's 1 & 2. It will even offer the option of scan lines. Interesting.

Thought I would post up my first learning session with Photoshop as a paint program. I used a wacom tablet on my MacBook Pro with Photoshop CS6. Learned blending watching a instructional video on youtube.

You would think that the monitor stand to be a standard piece of equipment and not an accessory.  ::)

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: N64 Clone Console?
« on: June 09, 2019, 06:07:31 PM »
This is a first as far as I have found for the N64.
When I say emulation based, I am referring to the Retron 5 that had android as its OS which dumped the rom into the system. It did not play from the cart. This made it controversial with gamers. All of the other Hyperkin consoles were system-on-a-chip and played from the cart.

But the stand is top quality and the best stand ever.  :))

Retro Gaming and Hardware / N64 Clone Console?
« on: June 06, 2019, 09:32:08 PM »
Well they finally went and did it. But it seems to be emulation instead of "N64 on a chip." Not sure I am happy about that. I think at this point I will take a "wait and see" attitude. I would rather see more of a hardware based clone rather than the emulation approach. It all depends if the console downloads the rom or plays directly from the cart. I am happy with the fact that the N64 is now being considered for clone systems. N64 on a modern HD tv is a little on the expensive side if you want 720 or better. I just hope it does not leave a bad taste in my mouth.   :-\

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