The Retro Champ tries to be the “Switch” for NES/Famicom cartridges, but sadly fails in many key areas. I wanna like it…but NOPE…
- good size, feels well built
- I like that there is a rechargeable battery
- turns on and boots up very quick
- Supports thousands of physical games
- Screen is not crisp at all. Looks like 240p footage instead of upscaled
- D-pad is a little shallow and mushy
- Has a death grip on your NES cartridge
- Famicom cartridges are very tough to get out because they’re flush with the system. You need to either use that special tool to push them out or another NES cartridge which is kind of weird and bad design
- colors washed out or overly saturated
- Aspect ratio cuts off the right side in 4 x 3
- Sound is off. Not emulated correctly
Tapwave’s short-lived Zodiac became the third worst-selling gaming handheld of all time, but it’s still worth checking out! If only because of its odd merging of handheld video games and personal digital assistant.
The JXD S192K is a $329 android tablet with controllers built into the sides. It’s advertised as “Bringing you the speed you crave”…but is that true?!