Hardware, Flash Cartridges & Accessory Reviews

Hardware Review: Gamepad Digital GPD XD (Android Gaming Tablet)


From the early days of NESticle offering Nintendo NES action on 486 computers, emulation has always been something I’ve followed closely. The ability to have our gaming past on newer platforms has always been a fantastic asset to retro gamers, and the perfect excuse to avoid digging out and hooking up your consoles in the attic. Further adding to t [ … ]

Last Updated ( 09 November 2015 )

Hardware Review: Hyperkin's RetroN 5


Waiting. It's not something retro collectors are used to doing. By definition the things we like to buy are old, they are games from bygone eras on systems that are no longer made. Unlike our current gen collecting friends we don't have to wait for midnight launches or DLC release dates. Perhaps this is why when we are forced to wait for something, [ … ]

Last Updated ( 08 January 2015 )

Book Review: Commodore 64 Book: A Visual Commpendium


In our little hobby of videogames, nostalgia has always played an important part. Our memories keep alive games we haven't played for years - even if they were absolute stinkers. This is where the Commodore 64: a visual Commpendium comes in. Each game (100+ of them!) is lovingly spread across two pages with annotations from industry giants past and [ … ]

Last Updated ( 30 November 2014 )

Hardware Review: Super Retro Trio


For the majority of retro gamers there's one thing that has the power to completely stop our collection from growing. Sure, money may be an issue, but that doesn't mean you can't still look in charity shops for a lucky find. No, the real nemesis to a collector is storage. Old games are big, often in large oversized special edition boxes. They consu [ … ]

Last Updated ( 20 November 2014 )

Hardware Review: GDEmu - Sega Dreamcast SD Card ISO Loading Disc Drive Replacement


As of recent there's been a rather significant breakthrough in the retro gaming world. Similar to flash cartridges, console hackers have somehow found a way to trick disc based systems into running games from SD card. With the ability to now store and play a large library of game images from removable media, are the days of discs now nearing an end [ … ]

Last Updated ( 16 November 2014 )

Hardware Review: JXD S7800b Android Gaming Tablet


As technology has progressed, the ability to emulate our favourite games from decades ago has become a simple task for the more powerful platforms of today. One of the more recent offerings, the JXD S7800b, is a quad core Android tablet built for nothing but gaming. Although intended to be the ultimate mobile gaming device, this Chinese made handhe [ … ]

Last Updated ( 09 November 2014 )

Review: 8Bitdo's NES30 Bluetooth Gamepad


Anyone playing games on their mobile device today will no doubt be familiar with the trade off between control pads and touchscreen input. Whether you find yourself slipping from the touchscreen’s hit zones, or screaming at a poorly made D-Pad, neither have really done our games justice. But what if a company was to take a well-known, and much love [ … ]

Last Updated ( 06 September 2014 )

Hardware Review: Everdrive GB (Nintendo Game Boy Flash Card)


After a long anticipated wait, the Ukrainian retro gaming mastermind Krikzz recently released a powerful flash cartridge for the Game Boy. After a few weeks using the device - allowing us to enjoy the best Nintendo handheld games around, amongst other oddities - it’s time for us to give you our verdict on the Everdrive GB.

Last Updated ( 21 June 2014 )

Hardware Review: Neo Geo X


Not too long ago the arcade powerhouse of the nineties, SNK, decided it was about time to revive their coin-op history. With countless classics such as Metal Slug, King of Fighters and Fatal Fury still heavily praised by gamers today, the Neo Geo X was born - a handheld Neo Geo system with built-in games and the ability to output the action to any [ … ]

Last Updated ( 07 September 2013 )

Hardware Review: JXD S7300B Retro Gaming Android Handheld


Over the last few years we’ve seen a significant rise in the number of Android based tablets made available, many of which are now coming equipped with gamepad controls. One of the more recent devices to surface in China is JXD’s S7300B - a 7” Android tablet built for gaming, and one promising a lot for retro gamers.

Last Updated ( 01 July 2013 )

Hardware Review: Krikzz's 'Everdrive N8' Nintendo NES/Famicom Flash Cartridge


Krikzz recently released his highly anticipated Nintendo NES/Famicom flash cartridge, the Everdrive N8. Capable of running just about every 8-bit Nintendo console ROM released to date from a MicroSD card, is your NES in need of this revolutionary kit?

Last Updated ( 21 March 2013 )
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