Like it more than original controllers
I was never a big fan of classic, 3-button controllers of Sega Mega Drive, but fortunately, in later years there were released 6-button controllers, and after them some third-party products. Just as this one from Hyperkin.
Both d-pad and buttons are nice in touch and responsive. Shape, size and material are also well adjusted and you can play comfortable even in longer periods of time. Also plugin looks very solid and I never had any issues with it. I have tested the controller on both Mega Drive Model 1 and Model 2, and in both cases it's working really nice. And not only on original console - I had an opportunity to test it on one of the clones (from Bulgaria) and it was working here also without any issues. It also works good on Retrode's adapter. Hyperkin's controller is making this characteristic "rattle" noise during shaking, but despite that fact, I don't see there any trace of bad materials or poorly made design. I would highly recommend it to any fan of Mega Drive, who is looking for good and comfortable controller.
Interesting mix of dumpers and adapters, but has some lacks
Retrode is probably the best attempt to make dumper in manner of "official and commercial" product. First of all, it looks far more presentable than many dumpers sold "here and there", which are generally a piece of mainboard with slot and other components. Black shell with cover for cartridge slots looks really nice. Second thing is, that it's very simple in use - while some dumpers require to install additional software (which is sometimes a bit problematic to configure), Retrode is very straightforward - it's detected as data storage, which is really convinient. Just put in cartridge (working fine with cartridges from any region), plug device to your PC and you have direct access to file with ROM. And if you're wondering if Retrode can deal with merged Sonic 3 + Sonic & Knuckles cartridges, I have good news for you - yes, you can easily dump rom from Sonic 3 & Knuckles as well.
Dumpers have one major lack though - Retrode is not working with compilations (such as Sonic Compilation for Mega Drive). It's detecting only "selector" (rom which is the "main menu" where you're choosing the game), which is useless without games data. This issue occurs also in case of additional plugins (such as GBx plugin).
Adaptors for Mega Drive/SNES controllers are also working good. Any controller plugged into one of the sockets is detected as standard USB game controller, which is simple and functional solution. Controllers are cooperating really nice with emulators. But keep in mind, that adapters are not perfect, I've personaly experienced, that some of my games (which are working with any USB controller) weren't detecting controllers plugged via Retrode.
Unfortunately, update of firmware is a bit troublesome, since it requires additional software and creating some "virtual device" in your system to make it works properly. You can eventually learn how to do it, but it's definitelly harder than using standard functions of Retrode. Maybe it's not especially important for standard features of retrode, but you'll definitelly need it for plugins.
In my opinion Retrode is very good option for someone who would like to start dumping roms from Mega Drive and/or SNES cartridges, but don't have experience with dumping and need something simple for the beginning. It's not the cheapest device, but due to the fact that you have two dumpers for completely different cartridges it's very good offer (not to mention about adapters for controllers). I would highly recommend this device especially if you're going to use both dumpers or at least one dumper + one of the adapters. In both cases you're receiving well made and presentable device.
the price is 529EUR or 330EUR?Report abuse
The final price for the unit is 529 EUR, as mentioned in the description.
330 EUR is just the downpayment.
Remember the voltage switch
Cartridge reading works fine, but remember to switch the internal voltage switch inside the Retrode from 5v to 3.3v when using this adapter. (Mine didn't come with instructions and I couldn't get proper cart reads until looking up this issue.)Report abuse
I'm getting excited for the release of the Pyra! I've been following the project since somtime earlier this year and it sounds like everything is coming together nicely! Although it would be nice to see it released at the end of this year, it's more likely that it will come out next Spring or Summer! Show your support by donating at least ten euros to help move the project along and show that there is a demand for devices like the Pyra! Thank you for taking the time to read this review and have a good day!Report abuse
Great but build is questionable
The part where you plug in the game is not really sturdy. It bends back and fourth really easy and seems like it could break with little to no effort. However it does work just fine. I bought this to play my N64 collection on my Shield TV in Mupen64. Just make sure you clean the crap out of your games or it won't see the rom file. I had to use brass polish and alcohol. The controller had to be mapped in Mupen64 but it worked great in game but if using the Shield TV keep the Shield controller nearby. Also you will need root and Stickmount or it won't read the games. I was able to back up all my roms and put them on my sd cards for my Shield portable and tablet for on the go use. So far the plugin works great it's just the build quality that scares me.Report abuse
Just don't throw out the old ones yet
My set was lacking a Stylus holder, and myself i lost 4 screews from the new set.
My old one saved me, but i am still to older a new set.
In case you cant remember, the buttons go YAXB clockwise from the top.
Fantastic Gaming UMPC!
Anyone remember the UMPCs of old? (Ultra mobile portable computers)
I do. I've always dreamed of a capable handheld UMPC that was good for gaming,
as well as anything else you threw at it.
I've tried a few other UMPCs, like the Samsung Q1 Ultra, but they all were too
heavy, bulky, and underpowered to be practical for, well, anything.
The OpenPandora, however, is an entirely new breed of UMPCs.
Simply put, it's perfect. Everything from your favourite Free Software GNU/Lin
ux games to emulators, office suites to media players, this thing has it, and
they all work quite well on the Rebirth.
While the Rebirth isn't the best model, it's a good mid-tier to choose-- you c
an even overclock it to 900mhz, if you want it to be more powerful.
It's not the best for a couple of games on the repo and PSP emulation, but tha
t's to be expected as it's the mid-tier.
Amazing little device
It may be a little expensive but from the moment you see the box you understand where your money went. It's been a while since I've seen such beautifully laid out circuits and that's just the small bit seen by the cart openings. The device also has a reassuring heft to it that gives me hope that it may last for quite a long time.
As for how it works all I can say is that it works as advertised. It's perfect to keep my classic consoles in decent condition while I can still replay some of my favourite childhood games on the PC without worrying that I'm putting more wear on my ageing Mega Drive. It also helped me replay the single Japanese game I had that stopped working when the adapter it came with broke down years ago (Dragon Ball Z for the Mega Drive and yes it was a legitimate SEGA purchase. The 90s were strange years).
Overall I'm very happy with my purchase and vividly recommend this device to anyone with a Mega Drive or SNES collection. You just can't beat those old controllers for platforming games.
Essential Accessory for 16 bit Fans
Use the Retrode to copy the ROM's from your legally purchased Genesis/SNES cartridges onto your PC for emulation play (I recommend Gens for Sega), and then from your PC onto an SD card so you can play your games anywhere (with the unassociated Ultimate Portable Game Player from AtGames), while your cartridges stays safely at home.
· No more lugging your entire library around for your Nomad
· Enjoy a couple of games from a console, but not enough to buy the entire console? Then the Retrode was made for you.
· Comes with USB connector and instructions, provide your own games/controllers.
· Make sure your cartridges are clean and in good condition first (I had a little trouble getting my Retrode to recognize Super Monaco GP, and had to try several times, safely stopping USB device each time).
· Tell your PC to safely remove USB device, unplug when it says to do so, then change your cartridge (hot swapping is bad).
· Be firm, but gentle; don't jam the cartridge/controllers in.
· Have hours of fun; share the experience with a friend.