play SNES/Genesis CARTS (not roms) on your PC

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clok1966
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http://www.retrode.com/

USB- no drivers.. cart slot and controler plug ins.. You need an emulator on the PC but it will load the carts fromt he USB plugin and use the controler plugged into the USB base also. Looks kinda nice.. but sad to say the $85 price point kills it. I can have both systems and a bunch of games for the same price. Neat idea, just a bit pricey IMHO.

Bill Loguidice
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You're not wrong about its relative value...
clok1966 wrote:

Bill you have small feet or its a pretty big piece of KIT (or its perspective). Will be waiting to hear how it works. I was thinking may be I was wrong about price. I picked up that wierd emu box for $68 a year ago.. and felt it was worth it (and never used it again).. something like this if it works well would get used, and that might be enouhg to justify the price.

My feet are probably in the normal range, size 11, so it's definitely perspective and my laziness with all of the iPhone photos of late... The Retrode is pretty small, actually, not much bigger than the width of the actual cartridges, and not terribly thick. I don't think you or others are wrong about the price being rather hard to take. With that said, it's extremely professionally produced for a small production run homebrew, so that probably has a lot to do with it. I also don't think it's unreasonable to question the utility of the thing, particularly if one has no issues with the idea that having ROMs you didn't source from your own materials is technically illegal. I obviously don't, but I think it would be neat to create ROMs from my own cartridges and to also be able to handle saved games. I'm also interested in the potential of the cartridge adapters (Atari 2600, etc.), since it's capable of handling more than just Mega Drive/Genesis and SFC/SNES stuff. I'm just hoping those make a formal appearance sooner rather than later.

It also has some other intriguing potential. Supposedly you can plug it into a PS3 for instance, and use SNES controllers to play PS3 games.

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clok1966
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Bill you have small feet or

Bill you have small feet or its a pretty big piece of KIT (or its perspective). Will be waiting to hear how it works. I was thinking may be I was wrong about price. I picked up that wierd emu box for $68 a year ago.. and felt it was worth it (and never used it again).. something like this if it works well would get used, and that might be enouhg to justify the price.

Bill Loguidice
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My Retrode came the other

My Retrode came the other day. I hope to check it out soon.

Retrode

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Paul H
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What is the Retrode? The


What is the Retrode?

The Retrode is a USB interface for vintage video game cartridges and controllers. Technically speaking, it wraps whatever memory chips there are on the cartridge into virtual files on a USB drive, and makes the gamepads appear as USB HID-class controllers.

I like the idea of getting a nice SNES and Genesis gamepad adapter.

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Bill Loguidice
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I actually have the latest

I actually have the latest version on pre-order and had mentioned it waaay back when: http://armchairarcade.com/neo/node/3308

I mostly want it to transfer over cartridges with save files, but I also like its ability to accept many different cartridge types (including Atari 2600, etc.) and use classic controllers. It took quite a bit of debate for me to decide to order one...

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