Reviews

Check out our thoughts on the latest retro handhelds, and retrospectives on ones we still can’t put down.

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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...

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...

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...

GameMT E6 Plus First Look: The Good, Bad, & Ugly

GameMT E6 Plus First Look: The Good, Bad, & Ugly

Greetings friends and fellow enthusiasts! This is Mikhailov from Team Retrogue, where we like retro games and the devices that bring them to us. In the last article, we looked at the Ayaneo Flip DS, aka the "Hand Warmer." This week, it's time to take a first look at...

Anbernic RG Cube Review: Is This the 1(by 1)?

Anbernic RG Cube Review: Is This the 1(by 1)?

Coming into the second half of the year, I’d say the release schedule of Anbernic has been; high-paced and H700-based. Continuing their pattern of “one handheld a month or so” we’ve seen 5 H700 handhelds, and 1 using the T820. At least until now. For the next 3 weeks,...

This Mini Bluetooth Controller Has a Secret

This Mini Bluetooth Controller Has a Secret

I, dear readers, have a controller problem. I have but one set of hands and an insatiable desire to fill them with new handheld devices and controllers. The AliExpress marketplace is always pushing out something new or quirky at price points that exploit my total...

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...

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...

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...

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...

RG35XX 2024 Review: Makes No Sense

RG35XX 2024 Review: Makes No Sense

Hello everyone! I hope you join me on this adventure as I tackle my first review for Retro Handhelds with the Anbernic RG35XX 2024. Without burying the lede, I wish something else had come out for me to review instead. The handheld market is starting to heat up, as...

Anbernic RG Arc: 6 Months Later

Anbernic RG Arc: 6 Months Later

Over the past six months, we have seen so many different handhelds announced and released. Today, Ban takes a step back and gives his thoughts on the RG Arc.

Unhinged: Joe Reviews The Legend of Zelda

Unhinged: Joe Reviews The Legend of Zelda

It deserves better and you should apologize to Miyamoto Prepared by Joe The Game is 40 Years Old…Why? The Legend of Zelda series is one of the defining trademarks of action-adventure gaming. It has stood the test of time as some of the most well-aged, seasoned, and...

Funkey SP: Is Bigger Better?

Funkey SP: Is Bigger Better?

Now I don’t know if you’ve heard of it, but the Funkey S was a tiny clamshell handheld that, for $70 in 2020, you’d get “up to” PS1 in the palm of your hand! For 2020 that was pretty impressive, and I don’t know if it was the size or the sleeping upon closing feature,...

Is the Ayaneo Next Lite Worth $300?

Is the Ayaneo Next Lite Worth $300?

Greetings friends and fellow enthusiasts! This is Mikhailov from Team Retrogue, where we like retro games and the devices that bring them to us. In this article, we are taking a look at the Ayaneo Next Lite. This is a budget Windows Handheld that runs a lower-powered...

Skull & Co. Jumpgate Dock Review

Skull & Co. Jumpgate Dock Review

When Nintendo debuted the Switch in 2017, there was still a lot of hesitation after their misfire with the WiiU. Given the Switch's 100+ million console sales and ubiquity around the world, it's difficult to remember that people were once unsure about whether this...

RGB30: An Unhinged, Untimely, and Unnecessary Review

RGB30: An Unhinged, Untimely, and Unnecessary Review

It'll be fun I swear By Joe Good Tidings, Sir or Madame What's going on fellow Smash Bros players? I too just took my semimonthly shower and fell into a bit of a pondering about retro handhelds from China. Without drying my hair I put on my thinking fedora and stepped...

Anbernic RG556: A Comparison to the RP4 Pro

Anbernic RG556: A Comparison to the RP4 Pro

2024 has been off to an interesting start. Ayaneo released a few handhelds already, Powkiddy has their Max 3 (non-pro), and the Gameforce Ace is finally shipping. Amongst the crowd of randomly released handhelds came a pair of devices in the $150-$200 price point that...

Cartridges Renewed – Super Pocket Review

Cartridges Renewed – Super Pocket Review

     I am not that old. Kind of odd to hear in a Retro Handhelds community where everyone is gushing about Atari 2600, or their Sega Genesis, but it’s true. I only know the 2000’s, my first system was a PS2, and my first handheld was a GBA SP. Despite all that, I love...

Arduboy FX – A Pint-Sized Portable

Arduboy FX – A Pint-Sized Portable

It’s small, it’s upgraded, and it’s not an emulator. Interested? Well good! Check out the details on this impressive and unique little treat: The Arduboy FX!

Loki Max – Reaching the Summit?

Loki Max – Reaching the Summit?

One of the most capable handhelds of 2023: the Loki Max. If you are looking for power and comfort, in a smaller-than-average-for-an-x86 device, look no further.

Ayaneo Pocket Air: A Full Review

Ayaneo Pocket Air: A Full Review

A full-coverage look at an Ayaneo device that runs Android. Does their departure from the Windows environment hold its own in the Android realm? Let’s find out.

RH Reviews – The Ayn Odin 2

RH Reviews – The Ayn Odin 2

We look at the successor to the venerable Ayn Odin and examine whether or not it manages to fill the boots left behind for it. Does it uphold the Odin legacy?

Budget Gem Battle – X39 Pro or M17?

Budget Gem Battle – X39 Pro or M17?

A few years ago, if you wanted to buy a handheld under 50 dollars, you were likely looking at e-waste, a famiclone (more e-waste), or a knock-off GBA that you were sure was the real deal. Spoilers: It was not. But as we come to a close on 2023 you can genuinely get a...