RetroDuo Portable Core Edition V2.0

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RetroDuo Portable Core Edition V2.0

Matt
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04 Jun 2017, 22:24 #1

Another great clone you can take with you. This unit is a portable version of the Retro Duo clone, perhaps of the same architecture (NOAC and SNES hardware emulation). Now you can take your games with you.

It is a controller with an SNES slot (works on Super Famicom and according to other owners, European PAL compatibilityas well.), a colorful screen, good sound (a bit buzzy on NES though), and great 8 hour battery life.

The only knock I have is the headphone feature. Every one I've tried produces a loud buzz that apparently requires a special headphone with no three prong mic at the end.

Also included is the NES cart adapter, with needs a special screw to hold it in place while playing. Other than the buzz, the sounds themselves are quite faithful to the real thing. This is as close to NES as clones get, believe me on that one. I have read on the Web that C3 Dracula's Curse and battery save games are not good friends with this unit. I have yet to find that out with my copy of Shadowgate.

Still, I would recommend this if you are in the collecting foray more for action pick up and play, something to do for a few minutes at a time.

You can also hook this unit up to a TV with AV cables and SNES controllers and play it on a TV screen. Talk about a two for one! This is a Retro Duo and a portable unit together.

I like this thing a lot. I just wish the headphone part was better, otherwise it's a terrific buy.

Every game I've played with it works fine. I'm especially happy with Super Mario All Stars/World on SNES. To me, I'd rather have this unit than the Hyperkin Supaboy, whose features are more limited than the Retro Duo portable.

Also, I have yet to test a Super Game Boy on it. I've read some reports that it does work on this as well. So does the RetroGen adapter, made for this unit. As you may recall, Super Game Boy only works with Game Boy, not Color or Advance games. The RetroGen allows you to play Genesis games on the unit as well. (sold separately)

This is as good as clones get. Japan;s RetroFreak and Hyperkin Retron have a new competitor for sure.
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This Retro Duo portable would get very close to 5/5 if not for the headphone issue. So for all its merits and good value for the money (about $80), I would instead rate this 4.5/5.
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Malakai
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07 Jun 2017, 00:47 #2

I'll have to check out some youtube videos of his and see what it's all about.
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Matt
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09 Jun 2017, 20:29 #3

I know the guy's quirky, but he does provide a good in-depth review of this unit in full.

Good information, and it's worth the time.

See it here
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Matt
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23 Aug 2017, 18:56 #4

Unfortunately after about three months with this thing, the d pad doesn't respond well anymore, and Mario All Stars Mario 1 doesn't let Mario move well. So before selling the game off, I had the store test it on an SNES to be sure the issue wasn't with the cart, but with the portable unit.

Indeed it was with the unit and not with the cart itself.

This is why getting Made in China clones of any type is always a gamble. You just don't really know what all you may be getting or not getting.

0/10 for becoming unplayable.
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