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Re: NES in 2019 - clone console or original?

by opa Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:25 am

I like the idea of the retron 5. It'd be sweet to have an all in one retro machine with rom patching. However, I've seen comments that people have experienced broken cart slots (either arriving broken or from use). Now granted I don't know how rough randoms on the internet are on their consoles but I've seen the same complaint on every other clone system review. Im thinking at the moment I'm gonna go for a cheapie clone if I can't find a decent original.
Anyone have any cart slot issues with the retron 5?
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Re: NES in 2019 - clone console or original?

by BoneSnapDeez Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:46 am

Original model Retron 5 systems had some issues. The cart slots were indeed rather crappy.

The new model seems just fine (I have both, for the record).

Assuming you're buying new, you shouldn't run across an older model Retron 5.

I still recommend the RetroFreak over the Retron 5, especially if you're into the PC Engine, FDS, or SG-1000.
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Re: NES in 2019 - clone console or original?

by Ziggy587 Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:59 am

BoneSnapDeez wrote:I still recommend the RetroFreak over the Retron 5, especially if you're into the PC Engine, FDS, or SG-1000.


So I've just read this about the Retro Freak... "Here is the real kicker: the Retro Freak will also allow you to rip and install all these games from the cartridge onto the console with the use of an SD card!" Does that mean you could put ROMs on an SD card and boot them on the Retro Freak? Or does it prevent you from doing that, only allowing to rip a game from a real cartridge?
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Re: NES in 2019 - clone console or original?

by BoneSnapDeez Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:02 pm

Ziggy587 wrote:Does that mean you could put ROMs on an SD card and boot them on the Retro Freak? Or does it prevent you from doing that, only allowing to rip a game from a real cartridge?


Yes, you can indeed download a bunch of ROMs from the internet and place them on the SD card (this is the only way to play FDS games on the thing actually, there's no disk drive!).

However, you're "supposed to" just rip from carts. The whole "downloading" business is never mentioned or suggested in the console's instructions. Wink wink nudge nudge.

But yeah, the ripping aspect is amazing too. I generally just play my own carts, and I only have to insert one once, that very first time.
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Re: NES in 2019 - clone console or original?

by Ziggy587 Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:10 pm

Can you also read/write cartridge save data? Or just ROM?
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Re: NES in 2019 - clone console or original?

by BoneSnapDeez Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:30 pm

Save data is dumped too! (This is true of both the Retron 5 and RetroFreak).
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