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We’re glad you made it! Retro Handhelds is a community of sites, projects, and servers dedicated to the celebration of classic gaming on the go. Whether you’re replaying old favorites or digging for hidden gems, RH is here to offer camaraderie, support, and news on the latest portable gaming developments.

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The Nintendo DSi: An Appreciation Post

The Nintendo DSi: An Appreciation Post

I am a child of the early 2010s, and as pretty much anybody alive at that time would know, everybody owned a DS. Your kids begged you for one, your classmates would sneak in a couple of minutes of Pokemon during class, and your teachers picked them off those...

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Who needs the Switch 2 when the Nitro Deck+ is coming?

Who needs the Switch 2 when the Nitro Deck+ is coming?

So, the most recent Nintendo Direct has come and gone, and there was no sign of the Switch 2. Some cool new games were announced, but, nothing in the way of hardware. I guess that works well in the favor of CKRD who just recently debuted its latest Switch accessory...

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Practicality of Pocketable Portables

Practicality of Pocketable Portables

Retro Handhelds are great. One of the biggest selling points is how portable they are. I am always intrigued by that as a person who never takes them anywhere. I just play on the couch while watching tv. Sure, I have taken my Steam Deck to a hotel once or twice and...

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Nintendo Handhelds As Subway Subs Pt. 2

Nintendo Handhelds As Subway Subs Pt. 2

by joe Salutations fellow New Nintendo 3DS XL Majora’s Mask Limited Edition Console enjoyers! Thank you to the 1 person who asked for part 2 of this... Thing, for without it Stubbs wouldn’t have thrown me another 100mbs of internet. Instead of using it to ask for...

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Retro Handhelds Youtube

Retro Handhelds Youtube & Podcast

Stubbs, Aish, & Zu review, mod, showcase & setup your favorite retro handhelds on camera! Also, twice a month they are joined by Rob (The Retro Tech Dad) for a special live podcast where they discuss the latest handheld and emulation news, games they’ve been playing lately, and interview guests from around the retro scene about their latest projects. Beyond that, you’ll find Stubbs livestreaming Q+A’s with handheld brands, or unboxing your next favorite handheld (or complete e-Waste).

RH Game of the Month

Join Retro Handhelds every month as we tackle a suite of retro games. This book club-style event highlights titles from Pre-’96, ‘96-’00, and the post-2000 modern era. Join our Discord to participate with others and earn points towards RH merch!

GOTM January 2024

Retro Game Randomizer

Partners & pals

Russ (Retro Game Corps)

Russ (Retro Game Corps)

Smack dab in the middle of The Great Boredom of 2020, Russ picked up his first retro handheld, and immediately hated the stock experience. Shortly thereafter he launched Retro Game Corps, a YouTube channel and companion website dedicated to helping others unlock the full potential of their handhelds. Since then, he’s branched into reviews and guides for a variety of different devices and platforms, all with his trademark attention to detail (mostly thanks to his former career in the US military).

Favorite Game: Super Mario Bros 2
Favorite Color: Navy Blue

Rob (Retro Tech Dad)

Rob (Retro Tech Dad)

The Retro Tech Dad is known to most as Rob, Dad to a human and some dogs, and Daddy to Stubbs. He has a passion for technology both old and new. He loves to tinker with devices of all kinds — especially the electronic ones. Check out his channel for retro and modern gaming, device retrospectives, very in-depth review videos, teardowns, and lots of emulation testing. He is always ready to help on Discord, YouTube, and anywhere else you might find him! He is also the co-host for the Retro Handhelds podcast featuring Stubbs and the rest of the Retro Handhelds crew.

Favorite Game: PepsiMan
Favorite Color: Purple

Joey (Joey's Retro Handhelds)

Joey (Joey's Retro Handhelds)

Joey’s Retro Handhelds does deep dives into all things retro handhelds and gaming. From handheld reviews, setup guides, tips & tricks and just emulation in general, he has you completely covered. You’ll find him on the Discord, YouTube and occasionally on the podcast!

Favorite Game: Pokemon Silver
Favorite Color: Blue

Shem (Retro Breeze)

Shem (Retro Breeze)

Hi there! How’s this: At RetroBreeze, Shem talks technology, gaming and of course, all things retro. Reviews, impressions, opinions and easy-to-follow tutorials, you’ll certainly find enjoyable content with RetroBreeze!

Favorite Game: Sonic R
Favorite Color: Azure

Mikhailov (Team Retrogue)

Mikhailov (Team Retrogue)

Ahoyhoy! Team Retrogue is run by Mikhailov, and is a channel about games and the devices that bring them to us. Mikhailov reviews retro handhelds and gives tutorials on emulation setup as well as optimization. Mikhailov also educates the youth of Connecticut for his day job.

Favorite Game: Chrono Trigger
Favorite Color: Red

Javier Arboleda (RESET Collection)

Javier Arboleda (RESET Collection)

RESET Collection is an easy-to-use emulation frontend developed by Javier Arboleda. Available for $5 on Google Play (or free when you join our Patreon/Discord Premium – $5 tier and above!). Born in the year 1981, Javier is a child of the late 80’s and 90’s, which explains his furious fondness for far-out retro games. He’s a software developer by day, and by night he’s a devoted parent and husband, happily obliged to carry out his fatherly duty of utmost importance; telling dad jokes to his kids.

Favorite Game: Super Metroid
Favorite Color: Purple

Kyle Eichlin (Console Launcher)

Kyle Eichlin (Console Launcher)

Console Launcher is an easy-to-use Android Launcher and Frontend developed by Kyle Eichlin, our sources have described him as a pleasant fellow who lives in Hawaii (not far from our friend Retro Games Corps!)

Favorite Game: Cave Story
Favorite Color: Forest Green

TapiocaFox (Daijishō)

TapiocaFox (Daijishō)

Daijishō is a fully featured Android Frontend and Launcher focused on ease of use, with a wide range of functionality, including Retro Achievements integration. Best of all, this app is free! TapiocaFox stays on top of updates and keeps development active, taking user feedback seriously and is deeply supportive of the retro community. Fun fact: Daijishō is the main Home Launcher for GammaOS!

Favorite Game: Kirby’s Pinball Land
Favorite Color: Dark Cyan

Jim Gray (Our Ghosts / OnionOS)

Jim Gray (Our Ghosts / OnionOS)

Jim Gray is a Dad and Musician, creating many iconic tracks for the retro handheld scene, including the theme music for Retro Game Corps, RH, and more! He doesn’t readily admit to it, but he’s also a developer, and helped create OnionOS (among others). You can find Jim dancing if you type in Steely Dan into your GIF search!

Favorite Game: Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4
Favorite Color: Purple

victoria (silverdusk / RESET Collection)

victoria (silverdusk / RESET Collection)

Victoria’s been producing synthwave beats and glitch art for a few years now, and breathes life into any project she’s a part of. Recently you can find her work inside RESET Collection, which adds a whole new and awesome vibe to the app. Also, be sure to check out her most recent Digital Horizons EP!

Favorite Game: Sonic 3 & Knuckles
Favorite Color: Purple

Turtle (Retroid LineageOS / 351Droid / GarlicOS)

Turtle (Retroid LineageOS / 351Droid / GarlicOS)

Turtle is a staple in the Android OS dev scene, and has created LineageOS builds for a range of devices, including the Retroid Pocket 2. He is also the lead developer for 351Droid, and co-developer of GarlicOS.

Favorite Game: Pokémon Yellow
Favorite Color: Green

Black Seraph (GarlicOS / LineageOS)

Black Seraph (GarlicOS / LineageOS)

Black-Seraph is a leading developer in the handheld scene who specializes in creating custom firmware. He is the creator of GarlicOS, a multi-device custome firmware (including the Anbernic RG35XX), Clean Rom for the GPD XD+, and LineageOS for various devices.

Favorite Game: Tetris
Favorite Color: Black

notime2d8 (Odroid LineageOS / PickleOS)

notime2d8 (Odroid LineageOS / PickleOS)

notime2d8 is a veteran Android OS developer and has created LineageOS builds for a range of devices, including the RGB10 Max, he is also the lead developer of PickleOS, a custom Android firmware based on Lineage19.1 for the RGB10 Max 3 Pro!

Favorite Game: Mass Effect
Favorite Color: Yellow

The Gamma Squeeze (GammaOS)

The Gamma Squeeze (GammaOS)

GammaOS is a LineageOS based firmware for the Anbernic RG405M & RG505, with more support on the way. Developed by The Gamma Squeeze (not confirmed to not be DJ Khaled)

Favorite Game: Metal Gear Solid 2
Favorite Color: Orange

Cebion (AmberElec / 351Elec)

Cebion (AmberElec / 351Elec)

AmberElec is an easy-to-use Linux operating system for a range of Anbernic handhelds (RG351P/M | RG351V | RG351MP | RG552) developed by the tireless Cebion and AmberElec team.

Favorite Game: Monkey Island
Favorite Color: Red

Christian Haitian (ArkOS)

Christian Haitian (ArkOS)

Christian develops ArkOS, a feature rich Linux operating system with a focus on RetroArch for a range of devices.

Favorite Game: Paper Mario 64
Favorite Color: Black

adixal (muOS)

adixal (muOS)

muOS is a heavily modified RetroArch only CFW for the Anbernic RG35XX handheld. Meant for the minimalist crowd, muOS improves the RG35XX experience through easy flash install, built-in configuration system, and more. Developed by adixal (a man of many mysteries).

Favorite Game: Shining Force 2
Favorite Color: Deep Copper

dragoon Dorise (EmuDeck / Pegasus Installer)

dragoon Dorise (EmuDeck / Pegasus Installer)

dragoonDorise develops one of the most hottest pieces of software in the retro emulation scene. EmuDeck takes care of everything. Emulator installation & configuration, bezels, hotkeys, performance fixes and more!

Favorite Game: A Link to the Past
Favorite Color: Orange

Jimmy Rustles (SBC Gaming)

Jimmy Rustles (SBC Gaming)

Jimmy runs SBC Gaming along with a team of mods (and RH), and they have a wealth of knowledge in their ever growing community (the largest retro handheld reddit!). Jimmy enjoys classic & multiplayer gaming, especially Brutal Doom, Quake, as well as VR! He stays ever vigilant over the SBC Gaming community.

Favorite Game: Sonic 3 & Knuckles
Favorite Color: Green

spmfox (Spartan Project)

spmfox (Spartan Project)

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Favorite Game: Tetris on Game Boy
Favorite Color: Buttercup Orange