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RG35XX SP Shell Shock: Modding Guide

RG35XX SP Shell Shock: Modding Guide

The new Anbernic RG35XXSP has finally arrived. The year of the clamshell emulator is upon us and this first release is a doozy. A love letter to the GBA SP expertly recreated with a whole host of quality-of-life improvements over the hardware that inspired its...

Knulli on TrimUI Smart Pro: Setup Guide

Knulli on TrimUI Smart Pro: Setup Guide

When it launched, the TrimUI Smart Pro was an intriguing device, offering a bit of competition to Retroid's Pocket 3. However, the biggest difference is that the Smart Pro runs on a custom Linux interface as opposed to Android. Unfortunately, the "stock" interface...

How the Make the RG35XX SP Buttons Quieter

How the Make the RG35XX SP Buttons Quieter

So you just bought the new Anbernic RG35XX SP and the loudness buttons are annoying you or you are waking up your family in the middle of the night playing. Or maybe you read our reviews here and here and just the talk of the button clickyness is turning you off....

Steam Deck in Docked Mode Is Kind of Goofy

Steam Deck in Docked Mode Is Kind of Goofy

This is a post-rationalization of spending way too long setting this up. Prepared by Joe I think we all collectively soiled our britches the day the Steam Deck entered the world, or at least when that $5 deposit left our wallets. It was pitched by Valve to be their...

Anbernic Making Moves with the RG Cube

Anbernic Making Moves with the RG Cube

Anbernic is on a hot seat now and releasing products faster than our wallet can handle. Coming off the heels of their popular GBA SP clone, the RG35XX SP, they are back with the RG Cube. Will it be something worth picking up? Let's break down the official promo video...

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. There's been a bit of a shakeup in the deals department, but...

RetroArch on iPhone and iPad: Setup Guide

RetroArch on iPhone and iPad: Setup Guide

We never thought that we would see the day when you could just download an emulator from the App Store and fire up your favorite games. Not to mention that we're not limited to just one or two consoles, thanks to the introduction of RetroArch on iPhone and iPad. This...

HOTM May: The AYN Odin 2

HOTM May: The AYN Odin 2

Last month’s Handheld of the Month was a pint-sized powerhouse for PS1 packed away in the plentiful Miyoo Mini and Miyoo Mini+ form factors. A lovely pairing, but succeeded this month with something a lot larger. That’s right. If you haven’t gathered by the thumbnail,...

Anbernic RG35XX SP Review: It’s the One

Anbernic RG35XX SP Review: It’s the One

For someone who already has a bunch of handhelds, there was one thing missing — a clamshell. I don't have the same attachment to the Game Boy Advance SP as others, but that didn't stop me from buying one from a buddy last year. I even went so far as to grab a...

5 More Game Boy Homebrew Games

5 More Game Boy Homebrew Games

The Game Boy homebrew scene is so fun to pay attention to. Every time you turn around, someone is creating a great new game for the Game Boy. Most of these games are great for pick-up and play sessions or are short, which is fantastic for your pocketable retro...

Unhinged: Zelda II Deserved Better

Unhinged: Zelda II Deserved Better

Copium Inbound Prepared by Joe The year is 1986, and the resounding success of Nintendo's own Legend of Zelda left fans of the newly christened series going “Okay but if Zelda was so good where is Zelda II?”. 1987 answered that question in the form of Zelda II: The...

Anbernic RG35XX SP: A First Look

Anbernic RG35XX SP: A First Look

Anbernic is back with another entry in their 35XX line of devices, but this one has made a huge stir among the community. Introduce the RG35XXSP, a clamshell device with the same form factor as the GBA SP. I am here to give you my first impressions of the device and...

The Lenovo Legion Y700: A Hidden Gem

The Lenovo Legion Y700: A Hidden Gem

Greetings friends and fellow enthusiasts! This is Mikhailov from Team Retrogue, where we like retro games and the devices that bring them to us. Hot off the heels of my Best Buy Open Box adventure, I received another device from Ali Express. The Lenovo Legion Y700 is...

5 Best Moms in Video Games

5 Best Moms in Video Games

Happy Mother’s Day! May flowers aren’t the only thing exciting about the month. We also get to honor all the moms on their special day! But what about the moms in our favorite video games? Let’s take a look at some of the best moms in video games. Mom from Pokémon...

Another Anbernic – RG35XX SP Announced!

Another Anbernic – RG35XX SP Announced!

Last night, Anbernic published a video showcasing yet another new device in their XX lineup. The RG35XX SP will be the first major clamshell handheld release in the retro handheld space since the Retroid Pocket Flip last year, and the first 4:3 clamshell release since...

Analogue Pocket vs FPGBC: No Competition

Analogue Pocket vs FPGBC: No Competition

Back in March, I talked about my experience with playing the Game Boy Color across a few different Gameboy Color-esque devices. Amongst those my favorite way to play ended up being the Funnyplaying FPGBC. A winner of the form factor. What I didn’t really talk about...

Nick Visits Enterrium Pinball

Nick Visits Enterrium Pinball

It's time for another fork in the road to take a look at a hobby that's often adjacent to handhelds in the hearts of hobbyists, pinball! After reading Jalanimal's adventure to the Wizarding World of Fort Wayne Pinball, I thought it could be fun to take a look at my...

Is Porky Pig’s Haunted Holiday Good?

Is Porky Pig’s Haunted Holiday Good?

When I was a kid, video games were like those of treats in Elementary School, "You get what you get and you don't throw a fit". Growing up, you had to be content with whatever games you had because getting any others soon was unlikely. I usually found Block Buster...

Makey Makey: Make Your Own Controller

Makey Makey: Make Your Own Controller

Did you know that you can make your own controller? What if we told you that you didn't even need any batteries and could just grab a couple of vegetables? It's absolutely wild and we're going to give you a better idea of what's possible with this unique STEM toy....

Backseat Nostalgia: Road Trip Games

Backseat Nostalgia: Road Trip Games

It's May and spring has sprung. School sessions are winding down, and it's around the time folks start planning for summer getaways. Whether you actually have fond memories of the family road trips of yesteryear, or you prefer your trauma experienced secondhand via...

My First Retro Handheld: Anbernic RG353V

My First Retro Handheld: Anbernic RG353V

This one's been a long time coming. Especially after seeing so many other great "first retro handheld" experiences shared, I figured now would be a good time to share a little about my journey. Where It Started I've never been much of a "hardcore gamer", as Call of...

Powkiddy RGB20SX: First Impressions

Powkiddy RGB20SX: First Impressions

When you get a handheld, the out-of-the-box experience is one of the great concerns a lot of us have. Does it run ArkOS? Does it run ROCKNIX or maybe an old build of JelOS? Is it Android 9 or is it Android 13? Regardless it’s a concern a lot of us have, but was one...

Knulli Set Up Guide for RG28XX

Knulli Set Up Guide for RG28XX

The CFW options for the Anbernic RG28XX just keep on coming! We just had MinUI make it over the other day, read about that here. Now Knulli is up next to bat with another great experience that enhances the use of the RG28XX. Check out our review of the 28XX here or...

GotM: Metamorphosis May Games Announced!

GotM: Metamorphosis May Games Announced!

April is already leaving us and May crept in. The members of the Champions Lounge in our Discord decided to vote for Metamorphosis May for our GotM theme. The game nominated must have transformations of some kind to qualify. If you want to know more about our GotX...

Install Epic Games on Steam Deck with Junk-Store

Install Epic Games on Steam Deck with Junk-Store

While the Steam Deck arguably remains the Pound-for-Pound champ when it comes to x86 gaming, we still have limitations to deal with. Just one example is being able to enjoy titles from the Epic Games Store, which relies on a separate launcher and anti-cheat methods....

MagicX XUmini M: RG28XX and A30 Challenger

MagicX XUmini M: RG28XX and A30 Challenger

As if we didn't have enough reason to be excited about pocketable horizontal handhelds, it seems there's another one on the way. This time, MagicX XUmini M plans a global launch in May, yet the exact date remains undisclosed. It's been a couple of weeks since the...

MinUI CFW Released for the Anbernic RG28XX (Install Guide)

MinUI CFW Released for the Anbernic RG28XX (Install Guide)

Just earlier today I wrote in my review of the RG28XX how there will be Custom Firmware (CFW) released for the device soon. Shaun Inman, developer of MinUI, redefined the word "soon" as MinUI is now ready as of now! MinUI is a great simple looking firmware and it is...

Anbernic RG28XX Review: Is It Worth It?

Anbernic RG28XX Review: Is It Worth It?

The RG28XX is the newest handheld from Anbernic. My first impression is that I did not expect it to be as small as it is. At a size of 12cm X 5cm or 5in X 2in and a weight of 127 grams or .280 lbs. I am going to agree with Andrew that it isn’t for people with meaty...