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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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How to Play PICO-8 on Android Handhelds

How to Play PICO-8 on Android Handhelds

It would appear that the market is shifting towards more devices with a 1:1 aspect ratio. While the RGB30 and RGB20SX are still running Linux firmware, the RG Cube and ZPG A1 Unicorn provide an Android-based experience. The problem with this is that there hasn't been...

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GuliKit KK3 Pro Controller Review: Nearly There

GuliKit KK3 Pro Controller Review: Nearly There

While handhelds are primarily my biggest source of financial ruin, I too have a second issue that plagues my wallets. Controllers. It doesn’t seem as bad as handhelds because I don’t have all of my controllers on display. Just in the drawer below my TV, and in the...

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Retro Handhelds Deals of the Week

Retro Handhelds Deals of the Week

Are you tired of searching for the best deals on retro handhelds? Well, you've come to the right place. We'll be rounding up a few of our favorite deals every week, and today, we hope your wallets are ready. AliExpress Getaway Deals It feels like AliExpress hosts a...

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Powkiddy V10 Review: 2020 Meets 2024

Powkiddy V10 Review: 2020 Meets 2024

Powkiddy went from the most famously infamous competitor in the scene, consistently putting out the lowest end, Value City-esque, poor build quality devices that feel like off-brand versions of off-brand products, to the same thing but with pretty good consoles this...

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Odin 2 Mini Setup Guide

Odin 2 Mini Setup Guide

After the Odin 2 captured the hearts of many retro handheld enthusiasts, we wondered about what AYN could possibly follow it up with. The answer came in May 2024, as the Odin 2 Mini was first teased before it was officially unveiled. A few of us here at RH...

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RH Picks: Best Prime Day Deals of 2024

RH Picks: Best Prime Day Deals of 2024

As another year brings us Amazon's Black Friday in July, the RH deal gnomes have been hard at work scouring the depths for the best Prime Day deals on handhelds, accessories, and various doodads that we, the tinkering folk, enjoy. So come show your appreciation for...

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AYN Odin 2 Mini Review: Vita Who?

AYN Odin 2 Mini Review: Vita Who?

When I first saw AYN showcase the Odin 2 Mini, I scoffed at the idea. Why release a smaller Odin 2 with less battery and around the same cost? Next, I preordered it so fast that I got the $30 off coupon. I ordered the base model as I had no issues with the base Odin...

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Retro Handhelds Weekly: RG40XX H, PCSX2 2.0, and More!

Retro Handhelds Weekly: RG40XX H, PCSX2 2.0, and More!

It's the Fourth Edition of Retro Handhelds Weekly, meaning that it's already been a month since we started! A lot has happened in the past month, and it doesn't seem to be slowing down. In the past week, Anbernic launched pre-orders for another new handheld, PCSX2 2.0...

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Retro Handhelds Youtube

Retro Handhelds Youtube & Podcast

Stubbs & Zu review, mod, showcase & setup your favorite retro handhelds on camera! Also, every Monday night @ 6pm Pacific, Stubbs, Rob (The Retro Tech Dad), Aish Talks Tech & the RH crew get together for a live podcast where they discuss the latest handheld and emulation news, games they’ve been playing, and interview guests from around the retro scene about their latest projects.

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!

Game of the Month May 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

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

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

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, and writes for the RH website. Mikhailov also educates the youth of Connecticut for his day job.

Favorite Game: Chrono Trigger

Aish (Aish Talks Tech)

Aish (Aish Talks Tech)

Aish Rios is a dad, as well as a co-host of the RH Podcast, he has a large and diverse collection of devices from different brands, generations, and regions. He enjoys playing, testing, and comparing various devices and games, as well as sharing his opinions and insights with other retro handheld enthusiasts. He runs the YouTube channel called Aish Talks Tech.

Favorite Game: Skyrim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jimmy Rustles (SBC Gaming)

Jimmy Rustles (SBC Gaming)

Jimmy runs SBC Gaming along with a team of mods, 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. SBC and RH have collaborated over the years.

Favorite Game: Sonic 3 & Knuckles

spmfox (Spartan Project)

spmfox (Spartan Project)

SpartanProject is a full featured web hosting service, providing all our web hosting needs, run by spmfox. We highly recommend Spartan Project if you want to have a stable, budget friendly & customer service focused web host, who goes above and beyond in all regards.

Favorite Game: Tetris on Game Boy