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I really wanted to like the SupaBoy. Despite it's relatively high price tag (another $90 gets you a Super NT, the best SNES ever made), it's almost worth every penny. Unfortunately, it just didn't hit the mark for me. I spent three hours with Super Ghouls N' Ghosts on the hardest difficulty. This is one of my all time favorite games, and probably one of my most played games; I chose this game so I would know EXACTLY how it should be running.
The d-pad is stiff, so your thumb gets fatigued faster than it should. It also has a tendency for phantom presses, mine liked to press up or down easily when trying to press left. The control buttons felt good and pressed will but missed an input here and there. The shoulder buttons felt a bit disappointing when pressed, but not a huge deal. It doesn't feel too heavy in the hands, even with a cartridge in it.
The emulation is alright. It doesn't look amazing, but honestly I was happy with the visuals. I did, however, notice more slowdown than normal. The screen gets plenty bright and has the option for 4:3 or 16:9 resolution. The colors were good but again not amazing. Everything looks like it has a smoothing filter on it. The console has video out, but via a 3.5mm jack to composite only. For this price I would prefer mini-hdmi, but that's not a deal breaker for me.
I didn't try any repros, fx chip games, rom hack carts, or homebrew games (I don't have any of those at the moment unfortunately). The three games I played before boxing it back up were Pilotwings, Super Ghouls N' Ghosts, and Drakkhen. I've read that it can struggle to read some games, and since I just ordered a whole bunch of strange stuff... I figured there was a good chance it wouldn't play a number of my games.
I really, really, really wanted to like this. Despite it's flaws, it is a slick looking console that feels good in the hands and simply oozes "cool." If youre playing mostly RPGs, easier games, or ones that don't require precise button presses and timing, then I highly recommend this. If you're not quite as picky as I am, then I highly recommend this. Of you want something that will--for sure--impress your retro-game loving friends, then I highly recommend this.
It's not for me though, and I am deeply saddened by that.
I plugged it in and charged it. It played beautifully for about 15 minutes. I didn't think anything of it, I figure its the emulator, I'll let it rest. A few days later, I try again. It works great for about 10 minutes before the screen blacks out and then goes glitchy. I hit the reset button and get the blue screen of death. I turn it off, then turn it on. It works fine, except all the graphics are very glitchy. Amazon won't let me exchange it for a different one so I'm getting a refund.
Great device to have. Agree with others on here. The stock screen is horrible and must be viewed at the right angle otherwise it won’t appear bright enough or the colors will seem off. I googled what others had done and wound up replacing the screen with a better one.