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In the absence of a proper virtual console for the Switch we’re going to need some alternatives for playing retro games on the go. From game console hacks to all-in-one Android devices, we’re going to pick the absolute best way to play your retro game collection portably.
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with the fate of the Virtual Console being more or less up in the air how do you plan on playing your retro games on the go I know it's the question on everybody's mind well wouldn't it be great to have a machine right in your back pocket that is loaded up with your favorite bits of gaming nostalgia you can have your entire NES library in the palm of your hand so here's some of the best ways to make that a reality with a little help from our friend Izzy who is somewhat of an aficionado on the subject or psychopath depending on how you look at it whatever Bob just cuz I bought a few emulation devices doesn't mean I'm a psycho you're not psycho oh my god I knew it warning only download games that you already own very not nice of you otherwise we clear on that all right good now there are a few different ways that you can do this there are devices that allow you to just load a bunch of games on – there are devices that just straight-up play old cartridges and there are devices like the switch and the 3ds that allow you to pay to download retro games but not every game is within their library the latter is probably the easiest choices but you're gonna have a much smaller library and it's no fun to talk about so we're just gonna skip right over those I'm sure that one switch online comes out Nintendo's Netflix style retro game service will be the easiest hassle-free and most legal option available yeah about the special online I got a lot of flack for a video where was let's say less than optimistic about the switch online a lot of people took me to task in the comments of that video saying that I'm probably just misinterpreting what Nintendo said what they're going to actually deliver come September is gonna be better than what they're announcing right now I'm still a little disappointed we waited another year for this thing to come out right it was supposed to come out fall last year they had one more year work on this and this is all they showed us a couple of Netflix style NES games voice chat through a phone still it literally says right here is he interject with something about Switch online there may be a back-and-forth that's that's the best I can expect what a device that I used to rock as my daily driver so to speak was a DS Lite with an R for cart the r4 cartridge is an aftermarket sort of black-market device that allows you to run downloaded software this device allows you to play downloaded games including DS games again I don't condone or even recommend playing games that you don't own especially if it's for a console they still produce games for they do make an R for equivalent for the 3ds it's harder to come by it's more expensive and the games are a lot bigger so overall it's more of a pain in the ass than the regular R for for the DS so if you just want a device solely dedicated towards retro gaming a DS Lite with an R 4 isn't a bad option you can still get one for pretty cheap plus I love the form factor it's the sleekest most compact DS in the entire DS family setup is very easy you just drop all the files onto your microSD card you drop the necessary emulators and you drop in all of the games that you want and you're good to go just make sure you're getting good emulator files because some of them will have weird glitches like this if this happens to you just delete it and drop in another emulator there are plenty of them out there on the Internet I think the reason it feels so great is because you're playing your retro library on an official piece of Nintendo hardware so it physically feels right at home just ignore the fact that you're running it through a super not official game cartridge like Bob I love the form factor of the DES light I still think to this day it's one of the most beautiful devices Nintendo has ever put out and like Bob I had a flash card though not the r4 I have here the m3 simply which from what I could tell from remembering half remembering what I read online at the time it's kind of a Hardware clone of the art form it works basically the same way for all intents and purposes download a bunch of rums load them on an SD card put it in and play away words cannot describe how much I loved this thing back in the day hell I still love it and maybe the reason I'm so attached to the 3ds still in 2018 is because I don't want the DS line as a whole to die maybe you weren't a DS boy maybe you were a PSP bro that does say a lot about you lucky for you there is a way to hack the PSP and it's pretty easy to easy there's a lot more to say on that now the PSP boy I am a massive fan of it it's no surprise I have three of them this one the white PSP Go is a little bit harder to find I paid a little more than I paid on the other two but I love this thing to death up until my hacked PSP emulators were this thing that I only get to play when I'm at home in front of a computer being able to carry my Super Nintendo games wherever I went right there in my pocket all the games I used to love back in the day and the ones that couldn't experience because I failed to convince my parents to buy them for me for Christmas the PSP though lately climbing in value is still at a very affordable price if portable emulation is your thing now granted it's not going to be the best portable emulation device because it lacks some buttons for inputs say a second analog stick or l2 and r2 shoulder buttons so playing ps1 games it's doable but you know you need to work around some issues and you're only really going to be emulating right up to the PSone it does a really good job at emulating the ps1 not so much for anything after that like say the n64 so if that's your jam the PSP won't be the best option Piper Kane makes really great retro game consoles they make the retron 5 which allows you to play Game Boy Game Boy Color Game Boy advanced Super Nintendo NES Famicom Super Famicom genesis/mega Drive and Master System games that's a home console this videos on portable stuff so I wanted to focus on the super boy a spy hyper kid this device allows you to play actual full sized SNES cartridges on the go the S version allows for Super Famicom games too you can even plug in extra controllers and plug this into a TV if you wanted to so yes this is a home slash portable console hybrid it's pretty damn cool the only downside is that you need the cartridges with you that has its ups and downs on one hand you're getting a legal authentic experience with the actual hardware and on the other hand you have to carry all these game cartridges with you realistically you'd probably only have one of these game cartridges with you at a time there's no way you're carrying around too many of these other potential downsides are that the cartridges on mine have to be tilted back or else it feels like you're gonna break the contacts and the screen while beautiful is widescreen that was a weird choice for a console that just plays at sunniest games which are traditionally four by three not sixteen by nine so yeah this might not be for everybody but I thought it was at least worth mentioning and if it is interesting to you we can't talk about the superboy without talking about the original Superboy this Sega Nomad all the way back in 1995 Sega made a portable version of the Sega Genesis called the Nomad this even had an s-video port and a port for a second player so yes another portable slash home console hybrid they were way ahead of their time maybe a bit too ahead of their time between the horrid screen with terrible viewing angles in this weird motion blur the battery life the ridiculous form factor it was really something jaw-dropping at the time but now I'm afraid it's just nothing more than a novelty are you sure the most convenient option for you is probably to have all of your games downloaded onto one device so you can always have your game library with you of course these are games that you already own there are a slew of devices out there right now but be careful most of them come with games pre-loaded on them and don't allow you to upload your own games and this is pretty much in emulation machine I forgot the game systems it's supposed to be able to I don't think I play no nine hundred nine hundred thousand in one a random special oh I like that I'll take the random special oh yeah now if you wanna get serious about portable emulation the GPD HD is the absolute best way to go in case you're not familiar with this advice I've done a couple of videos on it it's essentially an Android tablet shaped like a Nintendo 3ds XL so you have all the benefits of this form factor and the benefits of a very flexible OS like Android Android emulates basically everything and it has enough power under the hood Tim like those things really well right up to the Dreamcast now the Dreamcast wasn't my cup of tea so I don't play it as much but the ones I tried run really really well one cool thing about the GPX TV is that it has a mini HDMI out so you can plug this in to a television set television set says that the only problem I have with the GP dicks evolve it's two problems actually the d-pad is kind of mushy so to me I play mostly ps1 games on this thing so it doesn't affect me but if you're going to say 16-bit fighting games this is gonna be a source of frustration the other thing and this is like a weird quirk of the motherboard they use on this thing you cannot charge it using a charger that outputs more than five volts so say if you have a samsung phone and they have I think it's the features called super charger quick charge I'm not a Samsung guy so I don't know but basically if you charge your outputs more than 5 volts like usually nine for these phones that charge super fast it's gonna fry this thing so the safest way to charge the GPD XD is either with the charger that it comes bundled with or one that you know only outputs 5 volt or if you're like me super paranoid on your computer that's the safest way to charge it though it's gonna take forever to fully top this thing up the GPD XD is surprisingly easy to setup especially considering I've had emulators run on Android phones before and they're typically a huge pain in the ass some games work some don't the controllers only work with some emulators all I did to set up the GPD XD is toss my game library on there using Android file transfer download mat-su configure the controllers for each game system and you're good to go no hassle whatsoever if you want to take the extra time and make things nice and pretty look into isie setup this has by far the best emulation out of any of the devices shown the GPD XD is way powerful enough to play any game you throw at it even n64 games with no noticeable bugs my only gripe with it is that it's a tad expensive 279 on Amazon makes sense for what it is but for that price you can almost buy a switch and you could play newer games at Nintendo's classic library when that comes out in September so the GPD XD is no doubt a specialty item for specialty people I think the absolute best way to emulate retro games is just a laptop Oh ímu on mac is the absolute best all-in-one emulator I have ever used retroarch on windows can go skeptical it compiles your library for you downloads the cover art as best it can the whole UI is really pretty the way you configure controllers is super easy once you start getting into the nuances like downloading different emulator cores that's where things start to fall apart for open EMU but for unmatched ease of use open emu comes out on top also my little MacBook runs the dolphin emulator surprisingly well nothing like a quick game of Sonic Adventure 2 battle while you're on the train if you already have DS Lite or a PSP and you don't really care about playing n64 games or PlayStation games then you should look into the R 4 or the PSP hack they're so cheap and easy and the hardware is already so good that I wouldn't say that it's worth it to spend all that extra money on a GPD XD however if you don't already have a DS Lite or a PSP and you want a device specifically for playing retro games definitely check out the GPD XD not only is it a great piece of hardware whose sole purpose is playing retro games it also supports n64 and PlayStation games and it runs on Android so when the steam link app comes out you'll be able to stream your PC games right to your GP dxd of course if you're an arc and you want to stay 100% legit check out the Superboy we made this video assuming that you at the very least know how to transfer files from your computer these things don't come with instructions on how to get your pirated games on to them so you're gonna have to look that stuff up and me it is you're not gonna help you so don't DM me don't email me leave me the alone alright alright so what do you guys think about all these retro game console options how do you play your old games I find it way easier to emulate than it is to plug in my old consoles and boot those things up anyway leave it in the comments below at me on Twitter all this other social media garbage he's got a whole bunch of videos on portable consoles he's the whole reason why Nintendo won't stop making games for the 3s so check out his channel and don't forget to check out his video or videos on the GPD XD also as you can tell I spend a lot of my time and energy and money in portable retro gaming so if you dig that kind of content check me out I talk about this a lot maybe too much anyway we got new videos and livestreams all the time here's our schedule right here we got Wolf's den live every single Wednesday were just a live podcast where we talk to you and of course the most important things that you could do is subscribe and share you're the friend a friend who loves their retro games but maybe doesn't have a way to play their retro game library this easily hey guys very much have yourself you