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Does anyone actually bother with clone consoles

Post by RodimusPrime » Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:21 am

I have started taking an interest in them, I know they are not perect and can be hit and miss but I have ended up with a few and am looking to see of the RETRON5 is going to be any good.

I do think they can be quite handy to save use on original machines and most of them are region free so can come in handy. So fa I have.

A retro Duo portable, I do like that you can use Snes pads and plug it straight into the TV.

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retro duo portable + retro duo, with NES adaptors

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A super players console that plays all region games + has a 50hz / 60hz switch on the side.

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A megeadrive clone with games built in and its region free.

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A generation NEX, I like this console as it has a famicom slot on the top, a nd you play the NES games through the front and it lets you use original NES pads.

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and just got one of these, it plugs directly into your TV and has a load of megadrive games built in, but it also has an SD card slot and it reads Megadrive roms straight from the card.

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Re: Does anyone actually bother with clone consoles

Post by TwoHeadedBoy » Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:03 am

That joystick one looks good - not made by Blaze, is it?

I've got a Game Axe, which is a portable Famicom clone. It has an extra controller port and also came with an adaptor to play NES games on it, making the thing the tallest, most top-heavy unweildy handheld system I've ever used! Still like it though.

Also have a OneStation, which is the size of a GB Micro but plays Famicom games (and can play MD games with an adaptor, which I don't have). And then I have a RetroGen, which is tiny and plays Mega Drive cartridges, but it's absolutely awful. I did a review of it for RetroCollect a long time ago: http://www.retrocollect.com/Reviews/ret ... eview.html
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Re: Does anyone actually bother with clone consoles

Post by ArchaicKoala » Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:06 am

The Generation NEX looks very nice indeed, I wouldn't mind one of them myself!

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Re: Does anyone actually bother with clone consoles

Post by ulala » Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:24 am

i think they are a step too far for me.

I prefer the orig machines, and if i have to emulate, a pc

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Re: Does anyone actually bother with clone consoles

Post by slacey1070 » Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:34 am

I could seriously get into these... but I don't dare... the Missus would kill me...
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Re: Does anyone actually bother with clone consoles

Post by themightymartin » Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:23 am

Blaze comes under a lot of fire, but personally I don't have a problem with their Mega Drive stuff. The emulation might not be spot-on but the games are still playable enough. I do wish they'd change their built-in lineup a little though, to give people a little more incentive.
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Re: Does anyone actually bother with clone consoles

Post by TwoHeadedBoy » Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:50 am

Nothing against Blaze myself - I've got one of their portable Mega Drives and one of their portable Master Systems as well. They've got a deservedly bad reputation over that whole Game Gadget thing, but when they stick to what they're good at (cheap Sega stuff), nope - no problems at all.

I'd never played Arrow Flash or Jewel Master until playing on a Blaze device, so they've got that going for their line-ups at least.
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Post by themightymartin » Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:13 am

TwoHeadedBoy wrote:I'd never played Arrow Flash or Jewel Master until playing on a Blaze device, so they've got that going for their line-ups at least.
I'm not saying that the line-up games are bad, it's just that they're always the same! I have no incentive to buy any more of their Mega Drive consoles because I already own one.
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Re: Does anyone actually bother with clone consoles

Post by samhain81 » Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:30 am

I don't bother with them, as much as I would like it, with the gadget impulsivness that I have.

Its just the thing with old games, It isn't just about a quick fix on an old game. When I play my childhood games, I want to be fully transported back to that time, i.e/ crt, original consoles with original cart/disc etc.

I have access to sooo many ways of emulating these days, its unreal, but I just don't get the same sense of enjoyment playing through different means, so I just don't really bother in the end. I would rather pay £80 quid for a NES Zelda, then play it on the free 3DS download I got last year. Crazy logic maybe, but were all different

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Re: Does anyone actually bother with clone consoles

Post by DPrinny » Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:16 am

Have one called "Creation" its a mini NES, sadly the smell of burning inside and on the power adapter the other day as rendered it useless

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Shame as it ran games better than the proper console did.

Might use its shell for a project

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Re: Does anyone actually bother with clone consoles

Post by Sel Feena » Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:45 pm

Creation Box wrote:You and your families will entertain what you never did before with them
...Wut. Was this console dreamed up by ageing free-love hippies?! :shock:
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Re: Does anyone actually bother with clone consoles

Post by The Laird » Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:11 pm

Nope.

The generally cost more than the real thing and the emulation on them is also generally terrible.

I just got sent a Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Arcade Portable by Funstock to review, the early verdict is not good . . . . .

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Re: Does anyone actually bother with clone consoles

Post by DPrinny » Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:46 pm

Sel Feena wrote:
Creation Box wrote:You and your families will entertain what you never did before with them
...Wut. Was this console dreamed up by ageing free-love hippies?! :shock:
Hang on heres a back piccy

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Re: Does anyone actually bother with clone consoles

Post by RUOK » Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:06 pm

Hahaha those quotes are pure gold!

I have a N64 joypad famiclone which is pretty cool, but like said above I don't dare start collecting these as well as everything else..

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Re: Does anyone actually bother with clone consoles

Post by TwoHeadedBoy » Sun Jun 30, 2013 5:41 am

RUOK wrote: I have a N64 joypad famiclone which is pretty cool, but like said above I don't dare start collecting these as well as everything else..
Ooh, got one of those too! First time I ever played Super Mario Bros was on one of those things...

On the brighter side, it was also the first time I played Lunar Pool, Pin Ball and Pooyan :D
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