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Old 04-01-2017, 12:37 PM   #1
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Are aftermarket SNES systems any good?

I am looking to get into some retro gaming with some SNES games, even though I started with the PS2. I found a copy of Super Metroid in great condition along with an original Nintendo brand controller at my local used store.

Does anyone here have any positive experiences with the Retron 2, Supaboy, or other SNES knockoffs? Or should I try to find an original console?
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Old 04-03-2017, 12:12 PM   #2
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I have a "famicon 2" which is one of the first replica consoles. It plays both NES and SNES games. No complaints. Ive had it for 6 years, no problems. original SNES controllers can be used on the system. Newer consoles have wireless controllers you can use.

I thankfully got into retro games before the market blew up. My collection has tripled in value
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Old 04-03-2017, 12:19 PM   #3
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My wife and I have a retron 5. It does a great job, but we really need to use it more. Bought it to play our SNES collection and Game Boy games...picked up some NES, Genesis, and GBA titles as well.
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I have a Retron 3 and it does what it's supposed to. Gets frustrating sometimes getting an NES cart to read, but that was the case in the original, too. Then again, I hear the top-loading NES didn't have as bad of a problem with that...

I've been told the Retron 5 has had hardware problems more than not, and it apparently receives updates over an internet connection... and more than a few people have had the updates brick their system. Which is a shame because they're releasing a Master System/Game Gear adapter for the 5 and I emailed the company directly and they said it wouldn't work on a 3.
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Firmware updates for the Retron 5 require an SD card with the latest update. Haven't looked to see if there was a new one lately. The games do take some getting out, but if you pull out from one corner as opposed to straight out, it is easier.
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Only one I've owned is the old RetroDuo NES/SNES combo, but I remember it handled SNES emulation far better than it did NES in regards to both color and sound. Ironically, I think the SNES clone market has had much more success than clones of systems with "inferior" sound chips like the NES and Sega Genesis.
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Firmware updates for the Retron 5 require an SD card with the latest update. Haven't looked to see if there was a new one lately. The games do take some getting out, but if you pull out from one corner as opposed to straight out, it is easier.
Oh so that's what it is. I had heard it had updates and for some reason my mind didn't go to SD card.

Nah the R3 has the same issue with NES game removal... when I mentioned hardware problems I meant like malfunction and easy breakage.
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Old 04-17-2017, 04:13 PM   #8
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I'm not a huge fan of the aftermarket 'deluxe' consoles, but the SNES as a whole is a bit of a contentious console to collect, because the market saturation is so high right now.

It's a fantastic game library, though, full of games that either have 50-hours of gameplay, or gameplay so timeless, that you can happily replay them for 50 hours.

If you want to sit down and play the games you buy from start to finish, it's a fantastic system to get into. If you simply want to amass a large amount of boxed games to fill out a nice looking shelf, then it's a very bad time to get into SNES collecting - there are simply way too many people, with way too much money to throw at it right now.
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