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So I was considering giving myself a Christmas present, and the idea of a good emulation box really appeals to me. I had a Yod@box back in the day (still do, somewhere) and I loved it, and having avoided the NES and SNES classics because of their limited libraries I’d like an all-in-one device.

 

But it seems like there are a lot of options. My initial thought was a Raspberry Pi, but it seems like they’re not that powerful and therefore can’t do much beyond 16 bit systems. I saw someone mention the Nvidia Shield, which seems like it might be a good idea - but I know it has the same chip as the Switch, which was recently hacked. Maybe the Switch would work, as I already own one and it’s also portable. But then I’d worry about Nintendo banning me online or even worse. Maybe it would be worth buying a whole new Switch for that if I can get a cheap one somehow? Also there’s a bunch of older systems which can be hacked into emulation boxes.

 

Anyway, what would people recommend?

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A small PC is your best bet if you can afford it. Pi3 is brilliant but a bit of a faff to get up and running plus you need to factor in the cost of sd cards and maybe a keyboard. Wii could be the best option, that’s a piece of piss to set up and you’ve likely already got one? 

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It's super easy, barely an inconvenience to find pre made SD card images of Retropi or Recalbox for any card size with thousands of roms on if you are an ARCADEPUNK.... ;)

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I use an old PC with a HDMI out video card. Plug it into the TV and installed the PC version of Coinops. Works a treat and currently emulates the arcade, NES, SNES, MD, Master System, Amiga, C64, PC Engine, Gamboy, Gameboy Color and a couple of others. 

 

Incredibly easy to setup. In fact, you can run it simply as it is.

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A Wii can be picked up very cheaply from Cash Covertor style places, and makes a great machine for up to the 16 bit era.  Very easy to mod.  Wii classic controller is comfy and wireless.

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SNES Mini and a usb stick.

 

Everything from the beginning to the PS1 and even some PSP, arcades from day 1 to CPS3. I hear it may even be running Amiga and NAOMI these days!

 

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On 09/11/2018 at 08:45, Goose said:

I use an old PC with a HDMI out video card. Plug it into the TV and installed the PC version of Coinops. Works a treat and currently emulates the arcade, NES, SNES, MD, Master System, Amiga, C64, PC Engine, Gamboy, Gameboy Color and a couple of others. 

 

Incredibly easy to setup. In fact, you can run it simply as it is.

How old a PC are we talking here? I'm contemplating using my PC, which doesn't get used a lot these days, as an emulation box but, before I start hunting everything down, I was to make sure it's actually capable of emulating everything up to the 16 bit generation.

 

The basic specs are: 1.8ghz dual core processor, 7600GT gfx card, running Windows 7.

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In my limited experience the Wii isn't very good for arcade games. Neo Geo doesn't run very well. I've gone back to my modded Xbox, played through an ossc is pretty good. 

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We have an Nvidia Shield TV under our telly in the lounge. It does everything for us!

 

*Netflix/BBC/Movie rentals etc

*Spotify/Music for the lounge 

*Emulation (good for everything up to and including GC/Dreamcast era. Struggles beyond that.)

*Basic android gaming for my daughter (Lego games and stuff)

*Gamestream from my PC in the study onto the telly. Pretty flawless.

*Bits of web browsing on Chrome

 

And it's just a tiny wee box with both a nice controller (for gaming) and a remote control that my family are happy to use for the telly/movie stuff.

 

 

 

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I just set up a Retropie this weekend. Raspberry Pi 3 B+, a case that looks just like a SNES mini, and I also treated myself to an 8Bitdo SNES controller, not that it's necessary.

 

I'm still sorting it out, but it was easy to put together and get started. A little bit of problem-solving and googling, but that's all part of the fun. I have yet to sort out the RetroArch settings for each system, and yet to test out whether the input lag is tolerable on various controllers. But so far so good.

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Thanks for all the advice everyone. But despite the fact that no one mentioned it, I think I’m going to try hacking my Switch. I saw some YouTube videos and it seems relatively easy, and the allure of being able to play handheld and on a screen is too large.

 

Still, I appreciate everyone helping.

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