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video games analogue pocket (and other fan-made systems)

joined dec 4, 2022

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joined dec 4, 2022

https://www.analogue.co/

pocket console

anyone own one of these analogue pockets or related systems? i just bought one and the SuperNT to play both my gameboy and SNES games, and they're shipping sometime this year idk when maybe soon maybe not. the company is super backed up.

i'm trying to stock up on all the Gameboy games that I had as a kid. I still have mostly all my pokemon games, but just re-purchased the zelda handheld games, and probably am gonna pick up a few others. like Turok. i played that game all the time.

does anyone here own any similar systems and prefer / not prefer using these systems over emulators? I tried actually trying to re-create the original feel of playing classic games a few years back and bought both a Sony Trinitron CRT and hooked up my SNES with an S-Video cable, but it's such a hassle so i'm hoping the Analogue consoles will be able to recreate that same feeling.

posted 6/14/2023, 6:19 pm

joined jun 15, 2023

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joined jun 15, 2023

I do love what Analogue has produced, but I've opted to stick to the real deal home consoles so far. Fortunate enough at this time in life to have a 32" Trinitron flat screen CRT and all the old gaming systems I can ever want. When I was wanting a Sega Genesis, a system I didn't own as a kid but had definitely played a bit, it made financial and nostalgic sense to just get a Genesis Model 2 and play on the CRT. But to improve the quality, of course I bought the HD Retrovision component cables. Then I ended up purchasing a RetroScaler 2x (clone of the Retrotink) when I wanted the ability to just play on a huge screen and relax on the couch. Forget what I said about financial sense.

For someone who isn't already established and invested in retro game equipment, getting one of Analogue's systems and some type of flash cartridge is very much the right answer. I do think the handhelds are a bit steep in price, seeing as my needs are met by modified Gameboy/GBP/GBC systems, which you can buy a few of for the same price. Flash carts or multi-carts available for those as well. All of this is quicker and easier to get one's hands on than any of Analogue's systems. With Analogue deciding to discontinue some systems, the price on those will sadly be ridiculous as well.

Another factor would be the problems any system can have due to age. You probably can buy one that just works, but they can show up grimey and with issues reading games. It's a gamble you take sometimes on what you're going to get, and so I'm always prepared to open systems, games, and accessories up for cleaning or potential repairs. Most people don't want to do all that, nor purchase a simple tri-wing screwdriver and/or "game bit" which they very likely don't posses and won't need again. They are possibly going to get scammed, paying far too much for a non-authentic or reproduction cartridge. At this point though, if you want physical cartridges then reproductions can be the only cost effective way to get many of these games onto the shelf for someone who knows what they're really worth. There's an additional benefit of having a new internal save battery in each cart.

I have that full size C64 that allowed me to try out the Commodore 64 and put myself farther back in time than I was even alive for. Good enough for me! I guess I do have a limit, because I don't want to spend time trying to fix decades-old computers. I had an itch for a 90 to early 00s gaming computer but the Steam Deck absolutely works well enough for that! If I were smart with my money and better at lettings things go, I'd definitely just be emulating everything on the Deck.

edited 6/23/2023, 2:22 am

joined feb 23, 2023

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joined feb 23, 2023

I was very tempted to get an Analogue Pocket, but emulation works very well on the systems that the pocket covers. I've got a RG35xx and it's working great, I don't notice any emulation issues, so the FPGA isn't a factor for me. FPGA in general is a pretty amazing technology. I hope it continues to evolve so we get more options for game preservation. But for my budget, and the age of games that I want to play, emulation is still my best option.

posted 8/18/2023, 4:18 pm

joined dec 4, 2022

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mine finally got shipped so i'll post what i think in the coming months. gonna be clutch for these flights i have coming up

posted 8/21/2023, 11:06 pm

joined feb 23, 2023

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quoting orchids:

mine finally got shipped so i'll post what i think in the coming months. gonna be clutch for these flights i have coming up

Hey friend, did your device come in? Was it good on the airplane trips?

posted 12/19/2023, 8:25 pm

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quoting brown-owl:

Hey friend, did your device come in? Was it good on the airplane trips?

yeah this thing is very cool and nice to have for trips for sure. I ended up buying Zelda: Oracle of Ages to play along with a few other games I had and a carrying case. Made my 6-hour flight a lot more bearable.

The one fatal flaw about this console is that the game is almost fully exposed, which means if you put the device down a little too harshly, the game might wiggle out of the connector just enough for your game to freeze, which happened once when I had to put it down on the tray table on the plane. It's pretty damn annoying to remember to put it down super gently, but other than that, it's a nice lil console.

posted 1/4/2024, 5:39 pm

joined jun 10, 2024

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Herald of the Mariana

joined jun 10, 2024

Dude you gotta get yerself a Miyoo Mini Plus, slap OnionOS on one and you have yourself a pretty nifty emulation machine. Only plays up to the PS1 due to its gameboy controls but its seriously cool and pocket sized, makes a great gift too.

Do not look up tinybestset on Internet Archive if you're interested ;)

posted 6/11/2024, 7:28 pm

joined dec 4, 2022

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quoting Khastle:

Dude you gotta get yerself a Miyoo Mini Plus, slap OnionOS on one and you have yourself a pretty nifty emulation machine. Only plays up to the PS1 due to its gameboy controls but its seriously cool and pocket sized, makes a great gift too.

Do not look up tinybestset on Internet Archive if you're interested ;)

never heard of it but that's the cutest little console i've ever seen in my life lmfao

posted 6/16/2024, 5:25 am

joined jun 10, 2024

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Herald of the Mariana

joined jun 10, 2024

quoting orchids:

never heard of it but that's the cutest little console i've ever seen in my life lmfao

Its cheap and powerful for the price, definitely worth the money

posted 6/16/2024, 7:05 am

joined jun 14, 2024

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I have a Miyoo Mini! I haven't played much on it recently, but it was getting me through this year's winter season.

There were rumors of Miyoo making a flip-style device, like the GBA SP, which would also have an analog stick. I've been looking forward to that since most of my gaming is PS1-era and I just can't swing it with the d-pad controls.

Ultimately what made me stop playing was too much freedom to play anything. I ended up playing the romhack Pokemon Brown, which turned out to be very obviously made by a teenager. Something about the sensation of playing this labyrinthine, glitchy, grammar-error-riddled Pokemon game on a real-feeling console just melted my brain right out of my ears. I got a weird burnout I haven't recovered from. The worst part was that the game wasn't even that bad, it was just surreal.

It was absolutely an unforgettable experience, so I still recommend fan consoles overall.

an NPC tells me "No swaggy swag for you then"

posted 7/9/2024, 5:30 pm

joined jun 10, 2024

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Herald of the Mariana

joined jun 10, 2024

quoting brilokuloj:

I have a Miyoo Mini! I haven't played much on it recently, but it was getting me through this year's winter season.

There were rumors of Miyoo making a flip-style device, like the GBA SP, which would also have an analog stick. I've been looking forward to that since most of my gaming is PS1-era and I just can't swing it with the d-pad controls.

Ultimately what made me stop playing was too much freedom to play anything. I ended up playing the romhack Pokemon Brown, which turned out to be very obviously made by a teenager. Something about the sensation of playing this labyrinthine, glitchy, grammar-error-riddled Pokemon game on a real-feeling console just melted my brain right out of my ears. I got a weird burnout I haven't recovered from. The worst part was that the game wasn't even that bad, it was just surreal.

It was absolutely an unforgettable experience, so I still recommend fan consoles overall.

an NPC tells me "No swaggy swag for you then"

Funnily enough I felt the same way lol, so many games yet not a lot I'd actually play though it don't bother me as I'm a notorious data hoarder anyways and like having a little archive of games on there, make great gifts too as they are rather cheap and easy to setup; slap OnionOS and a 128gb micro sd card in there and you'll easily make someone's day.

I mostly played Pokemon romhacks too and Xenogears which I really need to finish at some point as it's a brilliant game and I wish to finish it eventually.

It's a shame Miyoo hasn't released their flip model yet, Amberic has beat them too it by months now and I'm afraid they are stealing their thunder with that analog stick support which allows for N64 and Saturn compatibility. They oughta step up their game soon.

posted 7/13/2024, 11:19 pm

video games analogue pocket (and other fan-made systems)