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

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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...

Playdate Review – The Cheese Wedge with a Crank?

Playdate Review – The Cheese Wedge with a Crank?

Do you enjoy the niche world of handhelds that don’t run off of emulation using Rockchip processors? Do you like pre-ordering a handheld in 2021 with the possibility of receiving it within a year, only to find out you’re going to receive it even later as in 2023? What...

The Ayn Loki 6600U Model: An In-Depth Review

The Ayn Loki 6600U Model: An In-Depth Review

Greetings friends and fellow enthusiasts! This is Mikhailov from Team Retrogue, where we like retro games and the devices that bring them to us.  After a very long wait Ayn Loki units are finally starting to ship and land in people's eager hands. While many reviewers...

KTR1 – Game On or Game Over?

KTR1 – Game On or Game Over?

If you're deeply immersed in the world of retro gaming, there's a device you should know about – the KTR1. For those who haven't yet crossed paths with this gadget, prepare to dive into a new gaming dimension. The KTR1 started as a rumor, and now that it's in the...

RH Reviews – The Anbernic RG405V

RH Reviews – The Anbernic RG405V

This is it, ladies and gentlemen (and Gary), the moment we've all been waiting for. We've had traditional horizontals, and even clamshells, but your chipset library just isn't complete until you have a vertical handheld now is it? That's right, those madlads over at...

RGB30 – Does it Check the Right Boxes?

RGB30 – Does it Check the Right Boxes?

Instagram… Square. Minecraft… Cube. Pico 8… Square. Rubiks… Cube. RGB30… Square. Yeah… the RGB30 is definitely a square alright. At least square in the screen. That’s right, the RGB30 is the topic of today’s article if you couldn’t tell by the Thumbnail, or the title,...

Top 5 ‘Budget’ Retro Handhelds of 2023 (So Far)

Top 5 ‘Budget’ Retro Handhelds of 2023 (So Far)

In the world of gaming, nostalgia is a powerful force, and the retro gaming scene has been booming in recent years. For those looking to relive the glory days of handheld gaming or discover classic titles for the first time, we've compiled a list of our top 5 'budget'...

RH Reviews: The Anbernic RG Nano

RH Reviews: The Anbernic RG Nano

It's a bit funny how some handhelds seem to evolve. On one hand you have developers trying to squeeze as much power as possible into larger and larger frames, like with the ROG Ally or the Steam Deck. Then on the other side, you have developers looking to squeeze any...

RH Reviews: The Retropixel Pocket

RH Reviews: The Retropixel Pocket

The Gameboy Pocket is one of my all-time favorite handhelds, and really one of my favorite pieces of gaming equipment period. So when last year I heard about a device rumored to be a GBP-style clone being made by Funnyplaying, a company known for their excellent...

RH Reviews: The Anbernic RG353PS

RH Reviews: The Anbernic RG353PS

What do you get when you take an existing handheld and remove Android from it, add new color schemes, and release it again? Well yes, a lesser device is technically correct, but also you get the newest release from the Anbernic 353 line: the 353PS. It is incredibly...

FunKey S: Tiny but Mighty Clamshell

FunKey S: Tiny but Mighty Clamshell

Quick: What’s small, foldable, and full of buttons? No, it’s not a Hawaiian shirt for a kid. It is in fact a retro handheld! Yes indeed, today we are talking about a device that changed the landscape of the retro-handheld sphere when it was released thanks to its...

RH Reviews: The Anbernic RG405M

RH Reviews: The Anbernic RG405M

Welcome to another edition of "It's been another month, which means another Anbernic device is out!" Our esteemed guest for this foray into the fresh pool of devices is the Anbernic 405m, the latest and greatest that the company has to offer. Encased in a classy...