Retrode2: Updated version of the USB Cartridge Adapter In Progress

Retrode-Cartridge-AdapterIf you missed your chance to get hold of the Retrode last year, worry no more. Matthias is well underway with a new iteration of his USB Cartridge Adapter and ROM backup device. Featuring an all new slot for SNES gamepads, this retro game adapter is going to be without a doubt worth the wait.

As we mentioned in our last Retrode update, the device is the perfect addition to any emulation enthusiasts. Once plugged into a PC (or other USB device such as the Open Pandora Handheld) with either a Sega Mega Drive or Super Nintendo cartridge inserted into either slot, a ROM file will appear on screen for use in emulators. The added advantage to this for those dedicated to preserving the hobby, is that their entire collection of cartridges (including save games) can be backed up onto a hard drive for later use or archival purposes.

With such great features on offer, it was no surprise the first batch of the devices sold out rather quickly. Matthias found himself soldering several thousand solder points on a regular basis, making production a race to keep up with the growing demand generated by the community.

After a brief break Matthias is now back in action with plenty to shout about and more than enough to make a video packed with updates on the Retrode.

Official Retrode Update Video

So while the online store still sports the 'Sold Out' graphic, we can only suggest you continue to check the official Retrode Website in hope that the new unit becomes available soon. Hopefully RetroCollect will be able to get their hands on a unit upon release, with the aim to put together a comprehensive review of the USB cartridge adapter.

Link: Retrode Official Website


Last Updated ( 29 March 2011 )  

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(Link to this comment) JokerJur 2011-03-29 21:48
I think it's great these kind of preservation devices are being produced!
Will watch out for one of these!
(Link to this comment) JoeMD 2011-03-30 00:47
This sounds awesome. But $60 IS a little expensive. And the lack of Mega Drive pad support is a shame. I' m in two minds about it as I'd love to be able to support these projects and back up my games legally, but the price point - for a poor uni student - is high.
+1 (Link to this comment) Matthias_H 2011-03-30 22:47
Quoting JokerJur:
To me the price seems about right, don't forget it's not cheap to get something that you created in production, I imagne the costs are pretty high for them.

Exactly. Getting the Retrode2 production going will be about in the order of a year of MIT tuition plus undergrad room and board. Remember, this item is not built in millions by far-eastern slave kids but in hundreds by European adults for real wages. Besides, "lack of Mega Drive pad support"? Last time I checked, support was still in there ;)
(Link to this comment) JokerJur 2011-03-30 13:38
To me the price seems about right, don't forget it's not cheap to get something that you created in production, I imagne the costs are pretty high for them.
(Link to this comment) JoeMD 2011-03-31 12:14
I'm sure it is costly to get something into production. That doesn't change the fact that $60 is still a lot of money for me to lay down.
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