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Jan 6, 2012 at 5:49:11 AM
JBOGames (107)
I just got an email today from Innex, a retro gaming whole saler.  Apparently next month the company RetroBit (responsible for the RetroDuo) will be launching a handheld system for 8 and 16 bit games. The system comes with adapters. These adapters will also be sold separately for $19.99, and can be placed in your SNES or even clone SNES, and allow you to play Genesis and NES games from your SNES console. Here is the email I got below:

Retro-Bit® Launches a Portable Version of the 8-Bit and 16-Bit Retro-Duo® Video Game Console! 

The Retro Duo® Console Now in the Palm of Your Hands!

City of Industry, Calif., (January, 2012) - Dust off your NES® and SNES® games and put them to use again with Retro-bit®'s latest retro creation, RDP™, Retro Duo® Portable! In 2008, Retro-Bit® released its first video game console, the Retro Duo®, an 8-bit and 16-bit video game console. It was designed to fit the needs of 8-bit and 16-bit console gamers and plays game cartridges for the NES® and SNES®/Super Famicom®. By popular demand, Retro-bit® has now developed a portable version of the Retro Duo®.

Relive the retro days in single player mode or game on the go through the duo controller adapter that allows for multi-player capabilities with original or third party controllers. Sit back, relax and compete in single or two player games with the RDP™propped up using the acrylic dock-up stand. The Retro Duo® Portable, sold at an MSRP $89.99, releases in two colors, a matte black or matte red flavor featuring a bright 3.5 inch LCD screen and ergonomic curves for extended and comfortable gameplay. The unit weighs about 11.6 oz. packed with a generous battery life of 6-8 hours or an extended battery option (sold separately), which can last up to 10.5 hours of playtime!

"We are beyond excited to be selected as the main distributor to introduce this brilliant product to our clients and the public. Fanatics of retro gaming are going to love this console and its capabilities. Retro gaming on the go is in full swing", stated Titi Ngoy, President of Innex, Inc., which holds the exclusive distribution rights to the RDP™.

In addition to the Retro Duo® Portable, you can now play your original NES® or Genesis® cartridges on ANY original or third party SNES® console with the new release of the RetroPort™ and the RetroGen® Adapter by Retro-Bit®, each with a suggested retail price of $19.99. Although the universal RetroPort™ adapter is sold separately, to clear up any confusion, the Retro Duo® Portable console comes bundled with its own version of the RetroPort™ Adapter to allow for NES® And SNES® gameplay out of the box.

The RDP™, RetroGen® Adapter, and RetroPort™Adapter will be launching across retail stores in February 2012. You can catch a sneak preview of these exclusive retro gadgets in the Innex, Inc. Booth at CES 2012 - Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas between January 10th to 13th at South Hall 2, Booth #25905.

About Retro-Bit®

Retro-Bit® is the leading developer of third party accessories and hardware. Retro-Bit® is recognized as the creators of the very famous Retro Duo® Console and now the Retro Duo® Portable. Retro-Bit® is distributed exclusively by Innex, Inc. and can be found at various retailers throughout the world.

About Innex

In 2004, Innex initially launched as a distributor of video game related products with a particular emphasis on video game peripherals. Over the course of time and through years of continual, exceptional growth, Innex has established itself as the leading provider of video game accessories worldwide along with expanding to become a reputable player and partner in the mobile, audio and toys industries. The Innex Experience is your global solution for all your needs. Choose Your Destination. or call (866) 659-7177.
For more information, please contact:
Jenny Rodriguez
Marketing Representative, Innex, Inc.
Phone: (626) 638-7955, x121


SNES w/ RetroGen
RetroPort SNES

Jan 6, 2012 at 6:50:08 AM
83skillz (8)

Sweet! Thanks for sharing

Jan 6, 2012 at 7:15:55 AM
JohnnyPhantom (114)

That's awesome!

Jan 6, 2012 at 7:19:19 AM
JohnnyPhantom (114)

Hmm. I wonder if you dumped a genesis game through this adaptor. If you can then burn that rom to a EPROM and repro cart a genesis game on a snes cart. Moonwalker And toe jam and earl! Wooooo!

Jan 6, 2012 at 7:42:38 AM
dra600n (252)
I'm not sure a snes rom dumper would be able to address the conversion cart properly, though I could give it a shot and find out when these become available.

Jan 6, 2012 at 8:11:24 AM
videogamehunter (56)

Interesting. I didn't think it was possible but ok. I think I just might get one of those things.

Jan 6, 2012 at 10:48:41 AM
Tanooki (185)
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That actually looks good unlike the failure from hyperkin with the horrible audio issues.

I guess for me, in the end, compatibility would come into play. It would need to play the SNES chipped stuff from the NA market at least (DSP1, SA1, CX4, SDD1, and FX1/2) to be useful to me personally.

Jan 6, 2012 at 10:52:43 AM
Shane (136)
They all look pretty sweet except the handheld NES one. It seems like the cart and adapter sticking that far out would be an awkward setup. Awesome concept for the consoles though.

Jan 6, 2012 at 2:28:34 PM
collectorvision (44)

Look sweet!
I might buy this for sure

Jan 6, 2012 at 2:51:03 PM
elios_kenni (42)

I think I may get one as well and a super nintendo too since I sold mine moons ago.

Jan 6, 2012 at 3:32:23 PM
g_block (99)

The SNES/NES option is nice, any word on the button mapping (if it's customizable, or if "B" and "A" are gonna be "B" and "A" and that's it)?

Jan 6, 2012 at 4:00:10 PM
GameBoyScotty (48)
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I hate to be the one to go against the grain again, but why not score a nes or genny off CL for 20 bucks? This is like putting shoes on your hands to keep them warm, when all you need are gloves. Who invents the wheel the 2nd time?

Jan 6, 2012 at 4:17:50 PM
cradelit (19)
Because it cuts down on the number of system you have to fiddle with hooking/unhooking, storing, maintaining, etc.

Jan 6, 2012 at 4:23:45 PM
GameBoyScotty (48)
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Have you seen some of these collections? Everyone makes a stink about playing the games on original hardware. I need more than that.

Jan 6, 2012 at 5:18:38 PM
JBOGames (107)
I wouldn't mind getting the adapters. This way I can have an SNES setup on another TV and play all my games without having to transport all my systems.

Original hardware is great, and my preferred method, but sometimes it is just a hassle.  Plus I don't want all my consoles in my living room where my daughter plays, and I have guests. My bedroom is where I keep all my stuff, but I don't like to spend all my gaming time in there, or let my daughter in there.

Edited: 01/06/2012 at 05:21 PM by JBOGames

Jan 6, 2012 at 5:23:20 PM
gwyndion (320)
Pretty cool!

Jan 6, 2012 at 5:28:38 PM
K.Thrower (103)
Definitely unnecessary, but I could see the novelty of popping in a Genesis game on your SNES to see your friend's reaction.

Jan 6, 2012 at 5:58:30 PM
basiliskfang (12)

sick. this would potentially be an easy way to play genesis via s-video.

Jan 6, 2012 at 6:26:56 PM
Nightowljrm (35)
Not to be a party pooper, but I'm not enthused. I'd rather play on original hardware. Given the price, I'd think you'd be better off just buying the actual consoles. I supposed the handhelds would be nice to have, but not the converters... I'd imagine there'd be compatibility issues. The idea's a funny and interesting one, but not one I'd pay to experience, to be honest.

Jan 6, 2012 at 6:53:46 PM
MarioMania (9)

I wonder if the Retroport Gen work with Virtua Racing, Super SF2 and the Master System Converters

Jan 6, 2012 at 6:54:37 PM
bearcat-doug (33)
"The Retro Duo® Portable console comes bundled with its own version of the RetroPort™ Adapter to allow for NES® And SNES® gameplay out of the box."

A portable system that plays NES and SNES games out of the box sounds like a cool idea to me. I just hope they improved the quality on the NES end. I had bought a Retro Duo a while back thinking that it would be a space saver, but when playing NES games they all seemed to have washed out color and the sound was off. If they fixed those issues I wouldn't mind picking one up. Hopefully the retro game store near me will get them in stock so I can try it out first.

Edited: 01/06/2012 at 06:55 PM by bearcat-doug

Jan 6, 2012 at 7:03:18 PM
that_one_ging (33)

^^Bearcat whats the closest store to you?

Jan 6, 2012 at 7:24:17 PM
Tanooki (185)
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I found an ongoing thread over at digitpress I think it was about this thing and someone from dasreview seems to have some info on this but is being fairly shady about the device when it comes to answering certain questions.

I'd love to find out exact if this is the Pokefami DX handheld as they suspiciously look too similar to be a coincidence, and also, whether it is or isn't, what are we looking at compatibility wise with the SNES and NES games?

It appears to be a solidly built device, but if it has shitty audio or won't run anything much with a custom chip on the cartridge it will be more or less useless.

Jan 6, 2012 at 7:25:47 PM
bearcat-doug (33)
There's a place called GameSwap (not GameStop) in Amelia, OH which is about 25 minutes away from me.

Jan 6, 2012 at 7:28:49 PM
that_one_ging (33)

yeah i been there a few times, its not too bad there at all. I go to the one in Florence, KY more often cause its closer, but occasionally i'll venture out to Amelia.