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Author Topic: Best Cheap Handheld emulators that run MAME?  (Read 1650 times)

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Re: Best Cheap Handheld emulators that run MAME?
« Reply #40 on: March 20, 2017, 08:19:07 am »
It somewhat depends on his age and what he/you want.

Personally, I remember playing some of the arcade games in the arcade and some of them (Tempest, for example), were never ported outside of MAME, but for a young boy, that isn't really an issue.

The options essentially come down to:

  • For me, the Dingoo A320 or Gemeai A330, or GPX2Wiz, or GPX XD are great options, but either discontinued or a bit pricey for a young boy.
  • A hacked used PSP or an old smartphone is a very versatile option also, but will probably have Wi-Fi access.  Probably not a big issue for a 5-year old or a 17-year-old, but maybe not good for a 10-12 year old.
  • The O-player mentioned before is probably your least expensive option, but it will need AA Batteries and you can't add games to it (and the games it comes with don't seem great to me.
  • The AT Games SEGA Genesis or Atari 2600 Consoles have good controls, but you can only add games for those systems to them.
  • The Chinese PSP clones consoles essentially run and let you add NES or GBA/GBC games to them.  That is what I was considering originally.  There are lots of good classic games ported to the NES.  The problem with these for a young boy is that you can't remove any of the pre-loaded games.  I personally would be able to ignore these and just play the games I added, but ...

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Re: Best Cheap Handheld emulators that run MAME?
« Reply #41 on: March 20, 2017, 12:44:15 pm »
i think console can add game gb,gba,snes,sms... i think for games pokemon, mario, sonic...

I prefer have battery litio recharge and low price because he lost or broke it  ;)

Thanks and sorry

If search for price 100 or more, i think phone and gamepad its the better option (xiaomi redmi 3 80 and gamepad bluetooth 20) better than GPd or other consoles

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Re: Best Cheap Handheld emulators that run MAME?
« Reply #42 on: March 20, 2017, 04:15:49 pm »
i think console can add game gb,gba,snes,sms... i think for games pokemon, mario, sonic...

I prefer have battery litio recharge and low price because he lost or broke it  ;)

Thanks and sorry

If search for price 100 or more, i think phone and gamepad its the better option (xiaomi redmi 3 80 and gamepad bluetooth 20) better than GPd or other consoles

Other than the PSP, most of the consoles I was considering support NES, GBA, GBC, and probably Neo_Geo and CPS1 and CPS2 in .bin format.

Any Android phone should support a host of Android emulators (assuming it is rooted), or a used PSP with custom firmware would be less expensive if you don't want him to have a phone yet.
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Re: Best Cheap Handheld emulators that run MAME?
« Reply #43 on: March 20, 2017, 05:06:48 pm »
For the love of god buy something. :whap

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Re: Best Cheap Handheld emulators that run MAME?
« Reply #44 on: March 20, 2017, 05:55:57 pm »
As NES games appear to be your priority, why not just buy one of the RS-8A units?

They're cheap enough that it wouldn't matter if it didn't live up to expectation.
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Re: Best Cheap Handheld emulators that run MAME?
« Reply #45 on: March 21, 2017, 07:13:25 am »
As NES games appear to be your priority, why not just buy one of the RS-8A units?

The issue is that I'm particular about the games I want.

I like Tetris, Tiger-Heli, Jackal, Tempest, Gyruss, Galaga, Galaxian, Gun.Smoke, etc.

I prefer the arcade versions of those, but most (except Tempest) were ported to the NES and those would play okay.

But the RS-8A has 250 (likely 30 repeated 8 times) built-in games http://www.banggood.com/Coolboy-RS-8A-260-In-1-Portable-Handheld-Game-Console-Built-In-Battery-Support-TV-out-Toy-Gift-p-1053684.html, no way to add games, and only has Galaga from my list.

Fortunately, @Jeremymtc was kind enough to offer me his Dingoo A320, and as he pointed out, I expect it to be about perfect for what I want, i.e. it is small - about the size of the NES Famicon controller, it has good quality buttons and controls, has great battery life, it plays MAME games and many of the games I like were ONLY ported to MAME, and the others I prefer the MAME ports.  Big thanks to Jeremymtc.

If that wasn't available, I most likely would have gone with something like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/8GB-4-3-32Bit-10000-Games-Built-In-Portable-Handheld-Video-Game-Console-Player-/252774524582?var=&hash=item3ada8926a6:m:mZ3GfHANAoWGmCT9a5CYWJw - it should allow me to add 20-30 NES games that I like.  Drawbacks are possible bad D-pad controls, and possible battery life in storage issues.

My decision is over, but I'll follow the thread for a little bit in case anyone else is considering the same questions.
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Re: Best Cheap Handheld emulators that run MAME?
« Reply #46 on: March 21, 2017, 08:43:56 am »
All kidding aside, I am glad you found something. I hope it works out well for you.

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Re: Best Cheap Handheld emulators that run MAME?
« Reply #47 on: March 21, 2017, 09:35:55 am »
All kidding aside, I am glad you found something. I hope it works out well for you.

Thanks, I am VERY bad about over-analyzing things, or jumping the gun and then wishing I had thought about it more.

The Dingoo was an early favorite, they just are discontinued and can be hard to find now.

If I didn't go with the, the Chinese PSP clones would likely have worked fine for me, but the issue there is they typically don't have manufacturers or model numbers, so the same physical case might have different firmware and menus, etc.  (Not that I think it affects functionality - at least for how I would have used it).
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Re: Best Cheap Handheld emulators that run MAME?
« Reply #48 on: March 22, 2017, 12:15:56 pm »
Out of curiosity, if the build were not an issue would a R-pi portable something have worked for you?

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Re: Best Cheap Handheld emulators that run MAME?
« Reply #49 on: March 23, 2017, 08:58:07 am »
Out of curiosity, if the build were not an issue would a R-pi portable something have worked for you?
Probably ...

https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/pi-zero/
http://lifehacker.com/how-to-build-a-handheld-raspberry-pi-powered-game-cons-1663675758
http://www.instructables.com/id/20-Portable-Raspberry-Pi-Game-Console/

First off, I don't solder.  Secondly, I wanted something WITHOUT Wi-Fi capability and I'm not sure if the Pi has that or if it can be disabled.

If Wi-Fi wasn't an issue, it is definitely easier to get a PSP and add custom firmware.  And even at $5, it is probably still less expensive at $40 for a used PSP when you try to factor in building or hacking a case and adding buttons and screen and battery to the Pi.
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Re: Best Cheap Handheld emulators that run MAME?
« Reply #50 on: March 24, 2017, 11:22:53 pm »
Just wondering why you are so adamant against wifi? Don't need it? Then just don't use it or set it up.

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Re: Best Cheap Handheld emulators that run MAME?
« Reply #51 on: Yesterday at 12:01:23 am »
Just wondering why you are so adamant against wifi? Don't need it? Then just don't use it or set it up.
I was wondering about this as well.

  
 

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