Retro Game Handhelds

Last Update: 5/18/2022

On this page, you’ll find a number of Retro Handhelds and additional links to tutorials / information on some of the most popular Retro Gaming handhelds. Clicking a thumbnail image will take you to the associated video. We’ll start with the most recent devices.

Quick Glance

The chart below provides a quick look into the specifications on all the portable retro gaming devices discussed on the channel :

HandheldOSDual SticksHDMI OutputBatteryNotes
LinuxOSYesYes3500mAhIncludes an OLED display, 2.4/5Ghz WiFi and a new shell design.
Anbernic RG552Android 7.1 & Linux OSYesYes x2 3200mAhBeautiful display, CPU is more powerful than prior generations. WiFi is 2.4Ghz (only) and no Bluetooth.
Powkiddy X18SAndroid 11YesYes5000mAhAn impressive CPU and performance. There are a few issues, check out the link to the left to learn more.
Anbernic RG351MPEmuElecYesNo3500mAhThis unit has a 640×480 OCA/IPS Display. Two micro SD slots (Firmware & Games) and an RK3326 CPU (Quad Core @ 1.5GHz.
Anbernic RG 300XOpenDinguxNoYes2500mAhCapable of playing up to PS1, this device uses older technology with a Game Boy Micro design.
Powkiddy V90Open Linux OSNoNo1020mAhThis small handheld is inexpensive and quite capable of playing most systems fairly well, with the exception of PS1. Many PS1 games will struggle.
FunKey SCustom LinuxNoNo410 mAhThe smallest folding Retro Handheld gaming device. Includes 13 emulators and more can be added.
RG351VEmuElecNoNo3900mAhA vertical (“V”) handheld which resembles the classic Game Boy. CPU is the RK3326.
ODROID-Go SuperNone included (many choices – Recalbox, Batocera, EmuELEC, Retro Arena, ArkOS, LineageOS, etc. )YesNo4000mAh Large 5″ 854×480 display. No microSD is included. Many options exist. CPU is the RK3326.
RG351P/MEmuElecYesNo3500mAhDisplay is a 3.5″ 320×480 display. CPU is the RK3326.
Retroid Pocket 2AndroidYes (right is digital)Yes4000mAhCPU is a 4x Cortext-A7. Dual-boot RetroidOS or Android.
RK2020EmuElecNoNo2600mAhCPU is the RK3326.
Powkiddy A12Custom RetroArchNoYes4000mAhCPU is an ARM Cortex-A7. Not exactly a hand-held form factor, more of a small desk arcade.
RG280MOpenDinguxNoNo2500mAh2.8″ display (320×480). CPU is a JZ4770.
RG350/M/POpenDinguxYesYes2500mAh (M)CPU is a JZ4770. RG350M has a 640×480 display, RG350/P is 320×240.
PocketGo v2OpenDinguxNoNo2000mAhCPU is a JZ4770.
RG300OpenDingux NoNo1800mAh3″ 960×480 display.
Pocket Go (v1)OpenDinguxNoNo2000mAhNo longer available.
Retroflag GPi CaseRetroPieNoNox3 AAPi 0 w (sold separately) is required.

Anbernic RG503 Review: an OLED Retro Gaming Handheld

Video: Anbernic RG503 Review: an OLED Retro Gaming Handheld

In this video we’ll check out the RG503 Retro Gaming handheld from Anbernic. This device sports a 4.95″ OLED display at 960x544p, RK3566 CPU and has an impressive shell design.

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The EVERCADE Cartridge-based Retro Gaming Handheld

In this video, we’ll check out the Evercade Handheld which allows playing Retro Games using cartridges! The Evercade is great for retro gaming enthusiasts and collectors in that it provides physical media for the games you want to play. There are 6-20 games per cartridge and there are many collections available with more being released frequently.

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Video: The EVERCADE Cartridge-based Retro Gaming Handheld + Firmware Update

Anbernic RG552 Review & Setup with Fixes for Android + Linux

Video: Anbernic RG552 Review & Setup with Fixes for Android + Linux

The RG552 by Anbernic is an impressive piece of tech for Retro Gaming. It has a 5.36″ IPS display, faster processor and can boot Android and Linux OS (Batocera). However, there are a few issues that you should be aware of and solutions provided in this video. Get all the facts that you need to know to make an informed decision. Also, check out the RG552 Guide which has more information.

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Powkiddy X18S Review & Setup Guide + Game Play

Video: Powkiddy X18S Review & Setup Guide + Game Play: an Impressive Device!

In this video we’ll take a look at the Powkiddy x18s. The x18 s is easily the most powerful retro gaming handheld I’ve used, but setting up the emulators can be frustrating. Check out the X18S Guide to make the setup process much easier.

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Anbernic RG351MP Retro Gaming Handheld: Unboxing, Game Play & Review

Video: Anbernic RG351MP Review, Unboxing and Game Play

The RG351MP Retro Game (RG) handheld now sports an impressive 640×480 display! We’ll unbox it, check out the features and play a few games.

Where to get one

Anbernic RG 300X Review and Quick Look

Video: Anbernic RG300X Review: Game Boy Micro inspired Retro Gaming Handheld

In this video we’ll take a look at the RG 300X retro gaming handheld. We will unbox and try out a few games on the RG 300X. While it has an interesting Game Boy Micro aesthetic, the internal technology is a bit dated by today’s standards. Most information on the RG350 tips page is applicable to this device as a result. To add specific emulators or general use details, please see the RG350 tips guide here.

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PowKiddy V90: Review + How-To Setup Custom Firmware

Video: Powkiddy V90

In this video we’ll take a look at the PowKiddy V90 retro gaming handheld. When I bought this device, MAME vertical games would not scale correctly. That was, until I updated the firmware. This device is reminiscent of the Game Boy Advance SP but can play thousands of games on multiple emulators. In this video, we’ll take this ~$30-$50 handheld and update it with the most recent firmware and have an awesome (and cheap) little retro-gaming handheld!

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  • AliExpress – Cheaper but will take awhile to receive it
  • Amazon – More expensive, but faster/easier returns
  • Extra set of more powerful batteries (x2): BL-5C Battery, Upgraded 3.7V 1600mAh Li-ion Replacement (Amazon) – Installed in my V90 and are working well (Thanks to Russell B. for the tip!)

FunKey S Review: Smallest Retro Gaming Handheld + How to Setup MAME

Video: FunKey S – The smallest foldable Retro Gaming Handheld

The FunKey S is without a doubt the smallest retro gaming handheld I’ve ever owned. While it’s small, it is relatively powerful, includes 13 emulators and you can add more -including MAME! Let’s see how it performs in the video to the right.

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RG351V – Wood Grain

Video: Anbernic RG351V – Unboxing, Game Play & Review

The RG351V Retro Game (RG) handheld has built-in WiFi and comes in 3 variants including gray, black transparent and wood grain! This vertically oriented Anbernic device sports the familiar RK3326 CPU but with a 640×480 display (4:3), let’s check it out! More info. available on the RG351 page located here.

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ODROID GO Super: Checking out Recalbox, EmuElec & Batocera – No Tweaks

Video: ODROID GO Super: Checking out Recalbox, EmuElec & Batocera – No Tweaks

In this video we’ll check out the new ODROID-Go Super Retro Gaming handheld by HardKernel. We’ll try out 3 popular operating systems, including: Recalbox (v7.1.1-Reloaded), EmuELEC (v4.0) & Batocera (v30). This device has most of the same specs as the ODROID-Go Advance, but with a 5″ display and a larger-capacity battery.

Visit my ODROID-Go Super Guide for the latest notes & tips.

RG351M by Anbernic – Unboxing and First Look!

Video: RG351M by Anbernic – First Look!

In this video, we will take a look at the new RG351M with built-in WiFi and an aluminum shell! This is the latest addition to the RG (Retro Game) family.

While it shares most of the specifications with the RG-351p there are a few differences between the two, let’s talk about it.

Visit the RG351M page for more details.

The Retroid Pocket 2: Quick and Easy Getting-Started Guide

Video: RetroidPocket 2 – Getting Started Guide

In this video, we will take a look at Retroid Pocket 2.

We’ll unbox, set it up and of course try a few games/systems! At the end, I’ll let you know my thoughts on the unit.

Check out the Retroid Pocket 2 page for more. There is also a video which demonstrates how to run various virtual pinball games on the Retroid Pocket 2. Something I find personally exciting!

Powkiddy A12 Review and How-to Quickly generate your own Game List

Video: Powkiddy A12 Review & Game Generator

Here, we are going to check out the Powkiddy A12. Not only that, we are going to make it better! The only issue I had with this unit was that the game-list is all in Chinese.

However, in this video I’ll show you how to create your own custom game list from your own games, with artwork using a PC or a Raspberry Pi 4. Best of all, game list generation is quick and easy.

For much more info/details check out the Powkiddy A12 Tips page here.

RK2020 Retro Portable Handheld – Play Dreamcast, PSP, N64 and more!

Video: RK2020 Review

In this video we will take a look at the RK2020 which is a portable handheld that allows you to play Nintendo 64, Play Station Portable and Dreamcast games.

Let’s check it out.

RG280M by Anbernic: Unbox, Compare with RG350M, Game-play & Review

Let’s take a look at the RG-280M with an aluminum shell! The RG280M is the latest device from Anbernic, it is smaller, has one stick and a 320×480 IPS display. How does it compare to the recently released RG350M and how do the games look?

More details and additional information may be found on the RG350 Tips page located here.

RG350M Review – The Metal version of the popular RG350 + Tips!

Video: RG350M Review

In this video, we will take a look at the RG-350M with an aluminum shell! This is the latest addition to the RG-350 product line which also includes a new 640×480 IPS display. While it shares many specifications with the original RG-350 there are some differences between the two.

More details and additional information may be found on the RG350 Tips page located here.

Pocket Go Version 2 Review and Game play: Demonstration of GB, FBA, Sega, NES, SNES, MAME and more!

Video: Pocket Go Version 2 Review

In this video, we’ll take a look at the PocketGo Version 2!

We’ll go over the specifications, un box, game play and identify a few issues so you can decide if they are important to you, or not.

Check out our Pocket Go Version 2 Tips page!

Retro Game 350 (RG350): Unboxing, Gameplay +Review/Tips – Demo of PS1, MAME(ARCADE), NES, SNES & FBA

Video: Review of the RG350

In this video we’ll Un-Box, Review and play games on the Retro Game 350 (RG350). We’ll also show several systems and games being played on a number of the included emulators including: NEOGEO, PS1, MAME4All, NES, SNES, FBA and more.

RG350: Tips and Tricks – Definitely check out this page, lots of information covering most aspects of using your new RG-350!

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Retro Game 300: The FULL Guide to Firmware Upgrade, Unbox, Setup, Tips and Review of the RG300 +MAME

Video: Full Guide for the Retro Game (RG) 300

We’ll take a look at the Retro Game 300, also known as the RG300. This Retro Gaming device has a 3″ screen, firmware upgradable, 3007 games pre-installed, L/R buttons and many emulators. Check out this thorough review that will take you from Unboxing, firmware upgrade, gameplay, tips and much more! Yes, the video is a little long, but you’ll learn everything you need to know in one video!

Where to find the RG300

UPDATE (9/29/2019): The Intellivision emulator DOES WORK! Thanks to one of our viewers, Thomas, for the info. To get it to work, search for “OpenEmuBIOSPack”. Then, copy the following files to the roms/intellivision folder that contains the games: ecs.bin, exec.bin, grom.bin & voice.bin. That’s it!

Software and Tools Used for the Firmware Upgrade

PocketGo by BittBoy Review and Demonstration – Pocket Retro Gaming Handheld (Less than $40)

Video: BittBoy PocketGo (Not PocketGo 2)

In this video, we’ll take a look at the new BittBoy Pocket Go, a less than $40 USD retro gaming device. This impressive gaming console can play the following systems:

  • NES
  • Game Boy
  • Game Boy Color
  • Game Boy Advance
  • SNES
  • Mega Drive
  • Sega Master System
  • PC Engine
  • NeoGEO
  • MAME
  • PS1

You can get yours in the links below

How-To Setup: Retroflag GPi CASE – RetroPie on a RPi Zero W – ARCADE in your Pocket!

Video: Retroflag GPi case review

Here we’ll unbox, assemble and configure the microSD for the newly released Retroflag GPi CASE! For the latest information, also please see the link below. As I receive feedback, with problems or improvements I will update this page.

Setup Instructions to compliment this video

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Change Log

  • 2022-05-18 – Added the Anbernic RG503 Handheld review.
  • 2022-01-23 – Added Evercade Handheld review.
  • 2021-12-20 – Added the Anbernic RG552.
  • 2021-10-12 – Added the RG351MP review.
  • 2021-08-08 – Minor edits.
  • 2021-07-28 – Added Powkiddy V90 review.
  • 2021-06-04 – Added the FunKey S review.
  • 2021-03-22 – Add RG351V to the list.