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Hey Folks.

 

Just wondering if there is any snazzy games console that acts as an emulator for old consoles, ideally i would love to be able to play old nes/snes/megadrive/N64 games.

 

Basically i want a device i can hook up to my tv that will play as many games from old systems as possible.

 

I can obviously get the roms myself, but just want a total retro gaming solution.

 

Is there a handheld option also.

 

I see this and it looks quite good.

 

http://www.ohgizmo.com/2009/06/10/handheld...s-on-the-cheap/

 

Any alternatives?

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A hacked Wii/PSP are great for emulator machines if you don't mind faffing about hacking them and downloading the emulators, i wouldn't bother with that Dingoo as it's seriously underpowered and half the emulators run slow.

 

The Wii also has "Virtual Console" where you can buy legit downloads from most old consoles.

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I've got one of these. The eighteen built in games aren't brilliant, but I picked up a 2gb SD card, packed it with roms (almost 800 of them) and off I went. It's a brilliant little time waster and looks pretty great when hooked up to a TV. It came in pretty handy a couple of years ago when my flight home was delayed for three hours!

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After I found out that the PSP can be used for retro emulation, its had more use than it ever did before (it was sat in the loft for about 2 years).

 

Like any emulation its not 100% perfect and I've only used it for 8 and 16 bit console emulation (NES, Master System, SNES & Megadrive so far) but these do work very well. There is an N64 emulator available too but I aint tried that.

 

Thankfully its piss easy to do, you dont 'hack' the PSP per say as the custom firmware I've used remains on the system until its powered off, and reloading it is super easy too. Working with the emulators and roms is very simple too.

 

There are ways to connect a PSP to a TV but again its not something I've done.

 

Apparently original Xbox's can also used for retro emulation and could be picked up very cheap.

 

Of course, the best emulation platform out there is a PC and the emulators for the older systems don't need much power to run.

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I've got one of these. The eighteen built in games aren't brilliant, but I picked up a 2gb SD card, packed it with roms (almost 800 of them) and off I went. It's a brilliant little time waster and looks pretty great when hooked up to a TV. It came in pretty handy a couple of years ago when my flight home was delayed for three hours!

Does it only do megadrive?

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I'd be interested to know that as well. I'm thinking of getting Mrs Small one for Christmas since we had to get rid of our arcade machine and would love to know what the best device is for getting a whole bunch of shit off MAME and console emulators.

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I'd be interested to know that as well. I'm thinking of getting Mrs Small one for Christmas since we had to get rid of our arcade machine and would love to know what the best device is for getting a whole bunch of shit off MAME and console emulators.

 

Was that an original arcade machine or a Mame-cabinet?

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I'd be interested to know that as well. I'm thinking of getting Mrs Small one for Christmas since we had to get rid of our arcade machine and would love to know what the best device is for getting a whole bunch of shit off MAME and console emulators.

 

Was that an original arcade machine or a Mame-cabinet?

 

It was a MAME cabinet that was built from scratch with an old TV. It was too heavy, though, and we couldn't get it down the stairs so we had to give it to a neighbour. Can't afford a new one yet so something like this would be a nice substitute.

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An original xbox might be your best bet then, never tinkered with emulation for these but theres likely a lot of info on the web about how its done. Am sure I've seen some on ebay that already have emulators installed on them.

 

Turnarcades do some nice slim-line Mame cabinets, am picking one up next month so if the time comes you can get one i'd recommend having a look at them :)

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An original xbox might be your best bet then, never tinkered with emulation for these but theres likely a lot of info on the web about how its done. Am sure I've seen some on ebay that already have emulators installed on them.

 

Turnarcades do some nice slim-line Mame cabinets, am picking one up next month so if the time comes you can get one i'd recommend having a look at them :)

 

Turnarcades were really expensive last time I checked. I bought mine, which was brand new and also had a professional front-end with complete SNES, NES, Master System, N64 and Megadrive emulators for

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