A few weeks back I bought and reviewed an interesting little console called the Retro Freak. After putting it through its paces some more, I am convinced that this is a far wiser purchase than a micro console like the NES Classic Edition.
Considering that most classic video game consoles look thoroughly terrible on modern TVs, the attraction of a micro console like the NES Classic Edition is obvious but it is misguided.
The main problem with these new micro consoles is that you are limited by whatever games are bundled on the system. You cannot load in any other games from your own collection. Not to mention that in the case of the NES Classic Edition, the game pads for it have comically short cables.
What makes the Retro Freak so much better is that it allows you to play all manner of games from a multitude of classic game systems on modern TVs.
Now, I am a big Game Boy game collector and I have had a lot of fun playing those games on a big screen. However, I also recently purchased the Japanese version of Super Metroid (shown below) and decided to give that a good playthrough.
This is by no means the first time I’ve played Super Metroid but to be able to play the game on a modern TV via the original Super Famicom cartridge is glorious. Naturally, I had to collect all the items in the game and it reminded me how wonderfully constructed Super Metroid truly is (shown above).
After finishing Super Metroid, I remembered that I also had copies of both Metroid Fusion and Metroid: Zero Mission on the Game Boy Advance. So I loaded those in and the Retro Freak even picked up my old game saves. That in and of itself is a brilliant feature and it looks like I will be doing a far amount of Metroid related gaming over the next few weeks.
The fact that I can even play these games via the original cartridges means that my gaming collection is no longer sitting there on the shelf. The Retro Freak has given old games of mine a new lease of life and allowed me to carry on from where I left off all those years ago.
This is the point; the Retro Freak brings classic games to life because you can use the original cartridges they were released on. You are not tied to whatever is bundled on the console and instead are free to play whatever you want. It also allows you to use all your old games again and carry on from the original game saves.
While the Retro Freak is a Japanese console and geared towards Japanese releases, you can buy cartridge adapters to play Western NES cartridges.
Obviously, the Retro Freak is more expensive than something like the NES Classic Edition is but the value it offers is obvious. Do you just want to play 30 games on one platform or every single game from a multitude of classic systems?
For me the answer is clear, the Retro Freak wins out every time and if you don’t have one already you should definitely pick it up.
You can buy a Retro Freak via Amazon Japan or Play Asia. The NES cartridge adapter is also available from Amazon Japan.
Disclosure: I bought my Retro Freak console with my own money. All games played on the system have also been from my personal collection.
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