blazermel Registered User
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Hi all. I'm a complete novice to the gaming world so I'm looking for some advice. I'm thinking of getting my boyfriend a retro games console for part of his Christmas present as a novelty but I've no idea where to start.

I've seen the Sega mega drive one but from reviews I've read they don't seem too positive. The other option is was looking at was the Nintendo snes mini console, can anyone advise on a good buy?

There seems to be a lot of less known retro consoles around online but the games supplied don't seem at all familiar to me.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

CiDeRmAn Category Moderator
#2

I might know a guy selling a Retron5....

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o1s1n Registered User
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Any idea what his consoles were when he was growing up? That would be a place to start.

Inviere Registered User
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CiDeRmAn said:
I might know a guy selling a Retron5....


Interesting, I know a guy who'll want one in about six months.....

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readyletsgo Registered User
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You could look into getting a Retropie (raspberry pi3) with an 8bitdo SNES controller. There is a good bit of setting up in it tbh. But once done, you have all your retro systems on one little nifty box.

Or you could get him a Retron5 as mentioned above and buy the games, which, tbh, is better.

You can use original controllers with the Retron5 too.

Inviere Registered User
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readyletsgo said:
You could look into getting a Retropie (raspberry pi3) with an 8bitdo SNES controller. There is a good bit of setting up in it tbh. But once done, you have all your retro systems on one little nifty box.

Or you could get him a Retron5 as mentioned above and buy the games, which, tbh, is better.

You can use original controllers with the Retron5 too.


I wouldn't advise a Pi for anything above the 16bit systems, hell, mine struggles with Sonic 1 and scanlines at the same time on the later levels! For N64, the Pi is way out of its depth, imo. Emulation often gets a bad wrap, but personally speaking, and this is directed at no-one, it's because many people make an absolute arse out of doing it. Emulation, when done properly, with the right display settings, the right emulator, the right config, etc, would blow most all-in-one systems away. All you need is a half decent pc, retroarch, launchbox, half decent gpu, and some time & effort, then you've the best emulation setup possible.

It's a kicker that the emulation forum wasn't greenlit, where people could have contributed guides, shared settings, advise, etc. It just doesn't feel right having emulation in this forum

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CiDeRmAn Category Moderator
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Inviere said:
I wouldn't advise a Pi for anything above the 16bit systems, hell, mine struggles with Sonic 1 and scanlines at the same time on the later levels! For N64, the Pi is way out of its depth, imo. Emulation often gets a bad wrap, but personally speaking, and this is directed at no-one, it's because many people make an absolute arse out of doing it. Emulation, when done properly, with the right display settings, the right emulator, the right config, etc, would blow most all-in-one systems away. All you need is a half decent pc, retroarch, launchbox, half decent gpu, and some time & effort, then you've the best emulation setup possible.

It's a kicker that the emulation forum wasn't greenlit, where people could have contributed guides, shared settings, advise, etc. It just doesn't feel right having emulation in this forum


Grrrrrr

super_furry Registered User
#8

If you're looking for an emulation box you can't do better than the Nvidia Shield TV.

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Inviere Registered User
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CiDeRmAn said:
Grrrrrr


I know, sorry It's a bit like putting stock car discussion in the vintage car forum, it's never going to take off because the regulars have a largely different approach to how they enjoy their cars. Emulation really needed its own forum, even a subforum of A&R would have worked. Anyhoo!

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blazermel Registered User
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Thanks all for the replies. He would have had a Nintendo growing up, so that's why I'm leaning towards the Nintendo snes mini. I'm afraid some of the tech chat on your suggestions has gone completely over my head 🙈 what sites would be good to look for some of the consoles that's been suggested? I'd ideally want something with very little set up, he wouldn't be into his video games now so it's purely a nostalgic novelty gifts I want to get him.

sugarman Registered User
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blazermel said:
Thanks all for the replies. He would have had a Nintendo growing up, so that's why I'm leaning towards the Nintendo snes mini. I'm afraid some of the tech chat on your suggestions has gone completely over my head �� what sites would be good to look for some of the consoles that's been suggested? I'd ideally want something with very little set up, he wouldn't be into his video games now so it's purely a nostalgic novelty gifts I want to get him.


Sounds perfect then. Cant get much more Nostalgic than that and it has all the classics preloaded out of the box. Only thing is theyre sold out everywhere, Smyths and Argos keep getting them in drips and drabs but theyre going within minutes of being in stock.

Inviere Registered User
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An all in one system? Look up Launchbox paired with Retroarch

Andrew76 Moderator
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blazermel said:
Thanks all for the replies. He would have had a Nintendo growing up, so that's why I'm leaning towards the Nintendo snes mini. I'm afraid some of the tech chat on your suggestions has gone completely over my head �� what sites would be good to look for some of the consoles that's been suggested? I'd ideally want something with very little set up, he wouldn't be into his video games now so it's purely a nostalgic novelty gifts I want to get him.


I think the Snes mini is your best bet then - zero setup and has some great games on it ready to go. No idea what stock levels are like though.

Sure if it re-kindles his love for retro games then he can look into alternative systems (original or emulation) down the line.

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blazermel Registered User
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Andrew76 said:
I think the Snes mini is your best bet then - zero setup and has some great games on it ready to go. No idea what stock levels are like though.

Sure if it re-kindles his love for retro games then he can look into alternative systems (original or emulation) down the line.


Perfect. Now to try and track one down!! Thanks for all the replies.

Shefwedfan Registered User
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