OK – Seriously What the fuck is this?
Having never been a fan of ‘multi-consoles’ – personally I think if you do emulation right, its as good as the original, and safer than a cartridge!, but anyways, what the heck is this thing… Its The ‘RETRO FREAK’.
The device can play all manner of different consoles’ games; Famicom. SNES. Genesis. PC Engine. TurboGrafx-16. Game Boy. Game Boy Advance. Game Boy Color. And even the Supergrafx, bypass region restrictions, play via HDMI and upscale to 720p, offer saves whenever you want them, use cheat codes, and even be played with your original controllers. Which all sounds , well ermmm, great, to be honest.
So am I converted? Ermmm no, I dont have cartridges I want to open to play to test it!
The ability to rip your cartridges to Retro Freak’s memory is a good feature, too, as it will help preserve your already-quite-old carts.
OK OK , I’m Sold!
We’ve seen devices like this in the past, and even those at the top of the pile, like the Retron 5, have been a let-down. Retro Freak isn’t from a big manufacturer, and it’s not too pricey (around $150-200), which leads us to believe it might be a bit on the cheap-and-cheerful side.
Play Asia sold out within HOURS of releasing this unit, so someone, somewhere must be doing something right. We’ll keep you posted if we manage to get our hands on one.