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First off I'll say I liked the packaging. Very nice presentation up front. Once it was all unboxed the unit is very nicely made and the controller has a pretty good feel to it. It was very easy to hook and and start playing. Knowing the GBA implementation was still in early stages I was a bit hesitant, but it played most of my GBA titles. I was disappointed it would not run Final Fantasy Tactics Advance. This was one of my titles I really wanted to play on the big screen. I look forward to another firmware update.
I dug deep into this, read all I could about it before buying myself one and I love it. It has the latest patch installed that fixes issues so I was excited there. Not only that but I didn't expect to be able to save my gb and GBC games on the actual cartridge. But gba does save state's that's fine as long as you know how to get there with your keyboard I fully recommend this.
Let’s get the cat out of the bag. There are two major issues with this system one is the quality of emulation for GBA. It just doesn’t look great. I mean it is playable but I’ve find myself just pulling out an old handheld instead. only about 70% of my GBA carts work on this system. I do have some repo carts and plenty of proper carts. It is just a flip of a coin it it decides to work. The load time while it begins to emulate the cart is like an old school PS1 game. You will have time to make a bag of popcorn while it does it thing. Yep, I have other systems from this company and they all work great this one is just lack luster in comparison.
It is all not just bad news. Set up is super easy. The build of console is very solid. The controller feel very natural and sturdy and cable is pretty long. Currently. I would recommend passing on this until they come out with a next generation of this system.
Hyperkin seems to be their own worst enemy. I finally found the solution for wireless controllers - their own bluetooth adapter, the AlphaStar BT adapter. I first found a picture of a bluetooth adapter in the usb port of the Retron Sq on Hyperkin's web site. After some research I discovered (on their site and Amazon) that now they have listed the AlphaStar BT adapter as compatible with the Retron Sq with their own Scout and other bluetooth controllers. I finally tried the AlphaStar BT adapter and immediatly was able to connect a 8bitDo controller. I have ordered the Scout controller and it should work as well. Unfortunately most of these product are sold out or hard to find. I bought the AlphaStar adapter on Amazon for cheaper than the retail price of $19.99. Hope this helps some people out there whe wanted this info as I could not find any coverage on Youtube or the internet. Overall, the device does what it is supposed to do. Making it bluetooth compatible or giving buyers the info on the Alphastar would have been nice (from the get-go).
I understand that Gameboy Advance support is beta, and I ordered this unit after seeing some beta videos on YouTube showing the bad framerates on Gameboy Advance games, so I was expecting at least some slowdown, but not outright failure to load games. This unit failed to load Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (a game that would not be unplayable with a framerate drop) and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. These were the only two carts I have, and I'm afraid to buy more carts out of fear they won't work as well. After applying the Day 1 firmware update (1.1) Lord of the Rings Two Towers loaded, but performed with frame skipping. It is my hope that a firmware update will solve these problems, but I have to say it's a bit rough right out of the gate.
Bought this with the full understanding that the GBA aspect is a work-in-progress. Works with OBS, albeit with just-barely-noticeable latency, perhaps this has to do with piping through elgato. After unpackaging, I removed the included 512 MB SD card and updated it on PC using online directions to v1.2, and put it back in the slot. Hooked it up to Elgato PCIe card and started it up. Startup and loading is kind of pokey, but nothing I found too terrible. As a product, everything feels solid and well made. I don't mind if it takes another 6 months to get the software going. It's nice to be able to use GBA cartridges again, as I no longer have a GBA or DSLite