With its ability to power 8th Gen games, its large screen and fantastic community support, this is a must have if you can spare the $300 for a used device, or $399 for a new one.
If you’ve got the technical knowledge to tinker with the firmware on the Datafrog SF2000, the end result can be a device that feels far better than the $25 it costs. But if you’re looking to give this as a gift to a novice, this may not be the best option for a plug-and-play device because of the significant out-of-the-box issues it has.
The Super Mini SN-03 is a bit of a misnomer. For the form factor and verbiage, you’d think you were getting a retro console that plays Super Nintendo games. Alas, that’s not what you’re getting. You do get 821 fami-clone games choose from including several of the key classics (Super Mario, Contra, TMNT) in HD, but it’s still a bit of a let down if you don’t read the fine print carefully.
Comparing the form factor of the RG FC250 to the RS-60, the FC250 is considerably larger. The shell is about a half inch wider, but the depth is about 4x that of the RS-60. That comes with benefits, though. The first thing I noticed was that the D-pad and action buttons had considerable depth and travel to them.
Like many cheap handhelds from the Chinese market, the PD-250 packs a wide variety of games into a portable form factor from the 8-bit era. But unlike other retro handhelds of the same class that I’ve reviewed in the past, there is a noticeable, and I would argue fatal, difference: It lacks actual retro games. While there are a true 220 games on this handheld, and none of them duplicates, none of them are games you’ve ever heard of.
After playing around with the unit for 30 minutes, my thought process went from “but it’s only $20” in the beginning to “this isn’t worth $20” at the end. When I turned off the player and returned the Mini Game Entertainment System to its original packaging (likely to never be taken out again), I thought to myself that if paid any more than $9.99 for it, I would’ve felt ripped off.
So, to recap, the JT16-6P: (1) has nearly unplayable software; (2) has clunky hardware; (3) is overpriced; and (4) wouldn’t be entertaining to anyone over the age of 3. Other than that, the JT16-6P is perfect.
The Retroid Pocket 2+ is a game changing device in the next generation of retro handhelds. Aside from coming in significantly cheaper than the current generation of handhelds at $99, it has a powerful Unisoc Quad-core Tiger T310 processor that not only plays the entire Dreamcast and PSP library nearly flawlessly, but even pushes up to a limited number of GameCube and PlayStation 2 games with the right tweaks.
At the moment, there’s no better device in this category on the market. As with most Anbernic products, the RG280V has the look and feel of a high-end product. The premium plastic feels good on the hands, and provides a sturdy frame to the gorgeous 2.8 inch IPS screen.