Here at Rings & Coins, we’ve been fairly excited for the release of Cyber Gadget’s ultimate retro console, the Retro Freak, for quite some time. Having previously looked at the console in depth, the Retro Freak has the ability to eliminate region locks and offers HDMI input. It also utilises features many have come to expect from retro games these days, such as save states, something commonly seen in Nintendo’s Virtual Console offerings. Most importantly though, this Retro gamer’s dream machine has the impressive ability to run games from 11 different retro consoles, including those from the slightly obscure end of the spectrum, such as the PC Engine.
Platforms offered include:
- Super Famicom
- Super Nintendo (NTSC-U & PAL)
- Game Boy
- Game Boy Color
- Game Boy Advance
- SEGA Mega Drive (NTSC-J & PAL)
- SEGA Genesis
- PC Engine
- PC Engine SuperGrafx
Now though, the time has come to grab all those cartridges together, whether it be Mega Drive, Famicom, or the Game Boy, as this week saw the Retro Freak go on general sale in Japan. Whilst, we in the west still have yet to even hear of a release date, the lack of region locking means the console is rife for importing. Not only this, but at £107 / $162 for the base unit, it’s also reasonable value for money when you consider the rising cost of retro consoles. Whether the Retro Freak will become the one stop shop for retro gaming remains to be seen, but for no it’s exciting just to be able to see the machine up and running and out in the wild.
For more detailed information on the Retro Freak and both its standard and premium edition, head over to our earlier look at the console, which can be found by clicking here.