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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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Ayaneo’s Pocket DMG is a Modern Game Boy

Ayaneo’s Pocket DMG is a Modern Game Boy

If you thought Anbernic announced new devices at a rapid pace, it doesn't have anything on Ayaneo. We just got the Pocket S in for review, and Ayaneo has wasted no time introducing a new slew of gaming handhelds During its REMAKE session, Ayaneo introduced three new...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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

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Anbernic RG35XXSP: A First Look

Anbernic RG35XXSP: 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...

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AYN Odin 2 Mini: The True Vita Successor

AYN Odin 2 Mini: The True Vita Successor

With Ayaneo releasing the Pocket S, and the Odin 2 being about six months old, it was only a matter of time before AYN got back on the horse. Over the past week, AYN has been trickling out different bits of information for a new gaming handheld. It began with a...

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RG35XXSP: Everything You Need to Know!

RG35XXSP: Everything You Need to Know!

Anbernic has been rumored to be working on a clamshell handheld for months. After psyching us out with the RG35XX 2024 and RG28XX, the RG35XXSP is so close Stubbs can taste it. We've already covered a lot of what Anbernic had to share when the first teasers began...

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D-R35Plus Hands On: A Lesson in Deception

D-R35Plus Hands On: A Lesson in Deception

The more I've spent time here at RH writing about, well, retro handhelds, the more I realize that I'm carving out a niche for myself as the guy who writes about the clones. The cheap entries with price points are low enough to say "screw it" when buying something else...

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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, every Monday night @ 6pm PST, Stubbs, Rob (The Retro Tech Dad), & 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
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

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)

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
Favorite Color: Buttercup Orange