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Crowning the Best Portable Retro Game Emulator

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In the absence of a proper virtual console for the Switch we're going to need some alternatives for playing retro games on the go. From game console hacks to all-in-one Android devices, we're going to pick the absolute best way to play your retro game collection portably. 🔔GET NOTIFIED: SUB! http://www.youtube.com/user/WulffDen?sub_confirmation=1 WATCH IZZY'S VIDEO ➤➤➤ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZ6U0bVjrTY 🛍Support the channel! Use these links to buy stuff: R4 DS https://amzn.to/2Gkt5j2 Nintendo DS Lite https://amzn.to/2rJxzek Sony PSP https://amzn.to/2IlWfUz Hyperkin SupaBoy S https://amzn.to/2IhjTl2 GPD XD Plus https://amzn.to/2Ik9SUo ▶️New Videos Every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday! 🔴Wulff Den Live Every Wednesday at 9PM EST ➤➤➤Support the channel! Become a sponsor: https://gaming.youtube.com/user/wulffden#action=sponsor • Access to Sponsor only Discord chat • Chat badge & Emotes • Watch new videos WHOLE HOURS EARLY (via discord) • Priority game time for monthly multiplayer streams 👕 Merch: https://www.teepublic.com/stores/wulffden?ref_id=1015 🐦Twitter [Bob]: http://twitter.com/bobwulff 🐦Twitter [Will]: http://twitter.com/WillWulffDamnIt 🐦Twitter [WulffDen]: http://twitter.com/thewulffden 📸Instagram: http://instagram.com/thewulffden 🔷Facebook: http://facebook.com/wulffden 💬Our Discord Server: https://discord.gg/3aVYkhR 🎧Rate us on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wulff-den-live/id1072626893?mt=2 🎧Or listen to this on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/wulffden butt touch (づ ̄ ³ ̄)づ (___)___)
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Missed Lethal (2 hours ago)
The supaboy probably has a 16:9 screen because they buy screens from other companies, and nobody really makes 4:3 screens.
Dekanos HCF (9 hours ago)
The psp has a n64 and ps1 emulator. So this systems pretty much useless. At least for 5th gen and below.
AGuyWhoAnimatesStuff (12 hours ago)
You need to calm down and stop screaming, we can hear you
Griffnix (16 hours ago)
My set up is the DS lite with an acekard flashcart and a ez Flash omega for ds and GB/C/A games and New 3ds with cfw and a few emulators installed for NES SNES and sega games.
kodye whobrey (1 day ago)
This guy looks like Ray William Johnson
brainfuck.waifu (1 day ago)
Yeah.. Of Course only games that I already own.
The Shield Portable is the obvious go to if you want the perfect emulation machine. But there are plenty of other choices, Vita is an excellent step up if you're used to messing around with PSPs. Your phone that's always with you is also usually a stupidly good emulator... if you have a small controller or something. Heck my phone can even run Gamecube perfectly.
Trelaras Leontas (1 day ago)
what a fucking idiot, like most people saying about "pirated" games. Yeah right, if you own the physical copy of a gba game ITS TOTALLY OK TO DOWNLOAD A PIRATED VERSION OF IT! emulation alone is something that companies hate, even if you own the copy of the game companies don't care, the DON'T WANT YOU TO PLAY THIS GAME ON ANOTHER SYSTEM, ONLY ON THEIR OWN SYSTEM. Not only that, but buying a used copy a snes game for example does NOTHING to help nintendo, you are buying a used game, the money goes to the game that actually SUPPORTED nintendo and maybe bought the game full price or on sale. The game may be 2nd or 3rf or 476284rd had so nobody give a shit. So stop acting like the "good" guy that supports companies. You all download pirated backups, so stop trying to prove the opposide and shut your mouth, or just don't mention it like all normal people. I own a tons and TONS of games from ps2/3/4 psp psvita, all legal, and I also downloaded AAAAAAAALLLL NES SNES SEGA and others LIBRARY because I wasn't even born yet and bying many games from these systems doesn't even matters to companies anymore. Ok.. this comment is just.. an answer to many many many other videos and stupid people, its just happen that this video was the one that I decided to wrote something that none will read and even if they read it who gives a shit. I am bored
EpicsBroFlame (2 days ago)
But can it play Splatoon
Walter Alvarez (2 days ago)
Donde consigo esa consola
Julio Sotomayor (2 days ago)
dude, get a damn buzzcut. your hair looks bad.
DoubleJ (2 days ago)
Or just get a cheap 2ds xl and do the virtual console, 😉 don’t forget that any 2ds/3ds can play any ds game. Legal, cheaper, easier, and works way way better.
Roms for life fuck the bullshit and a 8bitdo pro I'm playing ps2 right now
Timothy Honeycutt (3 days ago)
With the installation of the H-Encore exploit for HENkaku on the Playstation Vita 3.68, Snes9xVita, the DS4Vita plugin, and the download of Earthbound make A fantastic first experience of an SNES game that holds its own weight in spite of the 23 years since initial release.
Miciso (3 days ago)
Seems my phone is the best choice
Sietse Alberts (4 days ago)
Check out Raspberry Pi (or another sbc) with Lakka, Recalbox or Retropie installed.
dark666105 (4 days ago)
Acekard scrubs, get on my level.
code 84 (4 days ago)
How he is surprised that if he charges the GPD with 9 volts instead of 5 volts he fries the thing??
Spurn'd Aborigine (4 days ago)
"only download games that you already own" fuck that. DIS-like.
Immortal Waffle (5 days ago)
8:47
Jack Witherell (5 days ago)
Didn't even consider the scaling modes for the snes emulator? Didn't consider that the snes screen was higher resolution than the original DS? Didn't care to check to see the y-offset options in the snes emulator's menu on the ds?
Midnite Intruder (7 days ago)
A new android phone pretty much emulates snes, nes, sega genesis, game boy advance, Nintendo ds, Mame 0.139, Atari, sega CD, turbo grafx perfectly while enhancing the sound and overall look of the game to look 10 times better. Powerstone one and two run flawlessly on a android phone via reicast. You can get a wireless controller and attach the phone to it. And emulation with the vulkan engine on android allow most psp games to run surprisingly well. I honestly got phones eventually being the absolute top and best all around mobile emulator pretty soon. Imagine having the entire library of all retro games on your phone lol. What would happen if Nintendo or Sega decide to venture into manufacturing cell phones 🤔 mobile gaming on the phone would rule all.
Lu (4 days ago)
And N64
Shock N Awe (7 days ago)
Imagine a balance. On one side: The GPD XD. On the other, a jailbroken/jailbreakable Nintendo Switch. They are almost same price. Guess which one is better? Also, the New 3DS can run a bunch of stuff jailbroken. The GPD XD is shite.
"Only download games you already own!" Okay grandma.
T S (7 days ago)
what a pathetic situation Nintendo has left us in. Sells us the best hardware for playing retro games...fails to offer them in any form other than bypassing nintendo entirely.
Gary Kwan (8 days ago)
This dude reminds me the boss character in SF3... What's that called?
Luis Rodriguez (8 days ago)
Dude i love your videos but please stop yelling in to the mic.
Dandy_DNA (8 days ago)
3:36 This is no glitch. This happens because the screen resolution of the SNES is taller than that of the DS, which means that unless you squash the image, you cannot see the whole image. The solution is to reposition the screen and cut off part of the bottom, or to shrink the image to the DS screen can display everything (albeit smaller).
Malakai Brown (9 days ago)
But a new phone can play hl1 and cs 1.6
kingcars (9 days ago)
Since I'm not interested in most newer stuff, I've been rockin a Gameboy Advance SP (AGS-101 backlit) with an EverDrive X5 flash cart, which not only seamlessly supports just about the whole GBA library (only exclusions being games that had carts with special hardware) but also does GBC, GB, NES, Game Gear and Master System. It's an extremely compact system that really does fit in a pocket and can run a ton of games. At home I've got a GameCube (EON HDMI adapter on the way) with a Gameboy Player that I can plug the EverDrive into and continue my games on the big screen. The biggest downside of this setup is the lack of SNES support, which is something I've yet to decide on. Been debating between doing a RetroPie build, DS/3DS, PSP etc.
TheAugust8 (9 days ago)
Legally yeaaah. When the guys hacked NES classic mini - official product of Nintendo, it turned out that the images of pre-installed games in it recorded in .nes! In the format invented and created by pirates! So fuck Nintendo. If it's released more than 10 years ago, it's public domain.
T Lee (10 days ago)
Also, look into the GCW Zero for emulation up to PS1 (somewhat laggy). I own one, had it for about 4 years now, and hasn't let up.
Ayjop (10 days ago)
The switch will probably be the best console to play retro games on. Not only can you already play pirated switch games but with retroarch you can play NES games all the way up to potentially Wii games and Gameboy to DS or even 3ds if citra is optimized well enough. We will see by the end of the console’s lifespan
Ayjop (10 days ago)
I just hack my 3ds. It’s around $100 and you can play Gameboy-3ds games and NES/SNES. Honestly the best imo
Danilo Augusto Silva (10 days ago)
I really like your videos but I totally don't like Izzy Nobre for some reason... I find him dumb and arrogant... I don't know... Just hope to not keep seeing him in your videos, it just ruined this one for me.
Wholebiscuit 523 (10 days ago)
Just homebrew your 3DS you fucking normie
LMN101 (11 days ago)
you can just mod a dsi and skip buying the flashcard
Ramón González (12 days ago)
I play my retro games on my phone, using the touchscreen controls, with image interpolation, the hq4x filter on and with the "fill the screen" 18:9 stretched aspect ratio.
ACE1252 (12 days ago)
GPD XD hands down for an all in one. However, I found the included emulators to have lag and some sound delay. Here are my recommendations for the best emulators.....and no I'm not getting kick backs from John. =) I just found them to have no input/sound delay. John NES - NES John SNES - SNES DraStic - Nintendo DS Mupen64Plus FZ Edition - N64 ePSXe - PS1 D-Touch - For Classic Doom(must own Doom and/or Doom 2 for PC). It can be used with Doom Mods. Get it via Amazon app.
Danny Paul (12 days ago)
PSP only way to go.
Chocobo Grinder (12 days ago)
GPD Win is way better...Android is not a good operating system for gaming or emulation because it consumes too much memory and ressources
Girtana1 (12 days ago)
These comments are just cancer, im disliking this and boppin out, peace niggas
John Boona (12 days ago)
Who the heck are you to tell me what and what not to download?
Lu (4 days ago)
Who the heckin frick
Cesar Serrano (13 days ago)
Why oh why do these YouTube assholes with fancy set ups keep cheaping out on microphones. Who cares if you’re recording with a dslr. All the pq in the world is shit when paired up with a built in microphone.
Mercedes BOI (13 days ago)
For the last time..... EMULATION IS NOT ILLEGAL. Ok I'm done vents that but I'm sick of youtubers or anyone saying it's illegal lawsuit after lawsuit prove that it's not so please stop being so annoying with the only download your own games bullshit
East London (13 days ago)
Why wouldn't you just mod the Switch?
tony d (14 days ago)
My gpd was only 179 I believe. Edit: 188 and totally worth it. https://m.gearbest.com/tablet-pcs/pp_354945.html?wid=1640583&currency=USD&vip=4264393&gclid=Cj0KCQjwvezZBRDkARIsADKQyPkXUXEQ0OlszPQdk5pSvUDBd7KPAYcu1Fia_hywl03tBxe-NkWt2BUaAr6YEALw_wcB
Christopher suero (14 days ago)
i mainly play my games on henkaku PSvita 3.60
pudding143 (14 days ago)
Virtual console is most likely coming but in a very disappointing way.
ApolloBladedX (14 days ago)
The best portable emulator is the psvita , you can carry tons of games from tons of different systems on it
Connor G (14 days ago)
Emulators and roms still are illegal even if you own the game :/
Colm McGivern (10 days ago)
Connor G I'm not necessarily sure on the rules/laws on emulators but as long as you own the game, ROMs are legal. It it your consumer right to make backups of software you own.
TimothyTim PSP (14 days ago)
Nope it's the psp.
derek bortz (14 days ago)
The whole R4 3DS thing is uh, messy. Hi, supervisor from GBAtemp (where you got your footage of that forum post with all the emulators). What you showed only plays DS roms but on the 3DS. It still runs on the 3DS's DS hardware only, but gets around the blacklisting that an original R4 would get blocked with. The card you are looking for is called a Gateway. It comes with a 3DS card that plays .3DS files, and a "blue card" which plays DS games. The Gateway requires specific CFW to run, and EVERYTHING the Gateway can do, there is new and up to date CFW that can run games, emulators, and homebrew without a flash cart. The "glitch" you are showing off at 3:35 isn't a glitch. Its a scaling issue that can be corrected with some settings. The aforementioned "glitch" comes from the DS lite's pixel height being only 192 where a SNES game would have a resolution with a height of 224. Hence, you not seeing mario on the bottom of the screen. Your guest is exactly right, the M3 is actually a near perfect hardware clone of the original R4, you could even swap firmware between the two. ANYWAYS, I think you should give a second look at Retroarch on the 3DS. GPDXD is a bit outside of most people's pricerange for retro gaming.
Elijah Guerrero (14 days ago)
PS1 games work great on the psp wym???
the gamer cat (14 days ago)
I already have a psp psvita 3ds and switch
MR MR (15 days ago)
Its true, that the 64 GB GPD XD model is more than 200 USD, but there is a cheaper 32 GB model which is far more cheaper. I bought mine for 139.9 USD. The N64 emulation is not perfect. Lots of games have gliches or run slow or dont boot up. BUT: all PS1, SEGA, SNES, NEOGEO,CPS1, CPS2, CPS3, MAME 0139 romset, PGM ARCADE, PC ENGINE CD, C64 games work like charm with full speed (measured with fps counter), with the analog controller support, just use the proper emulator with the proper bios files (ePSXe, MD.emu, Classicboy, Snes9x, NEO.emu, MAME4Droid, FBA, PCE.emu, C64.emu...)
Dummerbrella987 (15 days ago)
You guys yell way to much. Like your normal speaking voice is an annoying yell or shriek. Cut it out.
fuzzybat23 (15 days ago)
Yeah, tone down the legality crap. It's 2018 and noone really gives a damn about that xD
Section Eight (16 days ago)
XD prices average out at 160-180 USD. The new XD+ is at 225 USD.
dat boy DONKEY (16 days ago)
Psp bro i am
npichon1 (16 days ago)
I have an R4 cart that I don't use anymore.... anyone interested?
Desmora Aromsed (17 days ago)
Fuk da piracy police
CatOfTheCanals (17 days ago)
There's DOS on the gpd... I really want one!
Peter Senn (18 days ago)
Great advice guys. Haven’t tried emulation on Crapple though.
freevideos051 (18 days ago)
I don't like the R4 SDHC card because I cant get most of my games to play
freevideos051 (18 days ago)
What about those portable game systems from China are they any good?
Warren Brown (18 days ago)
Your audio is terribly jarring....
Pedro Derbli (18 days ago)
Great content, congrats! #Brazil
cyberfreak4984 (20 days ago)
I'll wait for emulators on the switch
QuotePilgrim (20 days ago)
RetroArch >>> OpenEmu For one, it supports far more platforms, ant it's multiplatform, so you can run it on Windows, Linux, Mac and pretty much any modern video game console. And it's pretty damn easy to use. You generally don't even need to configure the controllers or manually download and install cores because RetroArch does that for you automatically.
Less's GC (20 days ago)
Cool. Emulation is okay but I'd always strongly prefer original hardware. If you were going down the route of Nintendo I'd recommend just using one of the clone GBA systems, & a Ever Drive. At least you'd be playing the game as is should or was meant to be played. R4 Carts as well. Point made, thanks.
Kevin Leamon (20 days ago)
Buy accoustic foam
Pinkyusaf (21 days ago)
Is that a MTG shirt!?
Captain Freedom (21 days ago)
I only clicked on this vid because I thought it said “Clowning.”
Technoman 444 (21 days ago)
for gba ownload my boy in you're phone
Cream of Lean (22 days ago)
Sad that phones basically killed the entire mobile market
britshell (22 days ago)
The Nomad is great, you shut your mouth.
Terror Tales (22 days ago)
unless it runs saturn then its pointless at 300 dollars
Ben's Boring Videos (22 days ago)
Oh c'mon you hypocrite, like you've never downloaded a Rom of a cartridge you didn't own
Miles (22 days ago)
Downloading games you already own is just as illegal as downloading games you've never owned. You can either dump your own cartridges if you want to stay within the law or just say fuck it and torrent every ROM ever otherwise.
Robin Rai (23 days ago)
I mean, you can't beat a homebrewed switch when the emulators get more developed
Nijihime (23 days ago)
You guys never explained how to hack the PSP to play older games, you just said that it was easy.
DarkBungleX (24 days ago)
The cheap basic R4 card works on 3DS ASWELL as the DS lite etc, you just cant play 3DS games. You can run SNES, DS, GBA and GB games and you only need the "Big expensive" card if you want 3DS games
kaymezRap (24 days ago)
even if you own a game already, that does not give you the right, to download the rom on the internet. i mean, who cares... just making things clear.
Zeny W (24 days ago)
You forgot hacked 3ds console. It runs any retro game and the new 3ds plays ps1 games comfortably. The only reason I don't use it to retro game (yet) is because nintendo does NOT tolerate hacks these days :v
Ahmed Abueva (24 days ago)
What is wrong with you all people why are you all keep mentioning that's stupid old games come on men its 2018now we play the NBA2K18 and all other great games who cares about that 1980s games i hate those old games it is so boring to watch and to play
Dizziepunch Gaming (27 days ago)
I'm hoping to get my hands on the GPD XD Plus. For some reason, it's cheaper than the older version on most sites. It's got a newer version of android and Bluetooth. They also upgraded the RAM on it. If you get one, definitely do a review of it.
nightshift2032 (27 days ago)
My phone plays all my retro games from Atari to the ps2 and with a moga pro, it does it all.
VR Reviews (28 days ago)
GPD XD awesome device... NO WIFI FOR GOD SAKE
Krešimir Jurilj (28 days ago)
I have a GPD Q9. Loving it.
BiGG DuBB (28 days ago)
I can emulate everything I need on my phone and have 2 Bluetooth controllers that work for every emulator. I feel like something that is always with me is the most convenient way to play retro games.
kev blackwood (29 days ago)
Why are you shouting?
DeathPrevails 713 (27 days ago)
shut it with ' only download games you already own'. I owned the games i have downloaded when i was a kid. so I may partake in some games i never got to play when i was a kid and i dont see it sensible to pay 50, 60 , 70 or 100+ for one game.
Jay_Slash_DRM (4 days ago)
especially when that amount of money isnt even going to the creators of said games.
Paul Hoeksema (29 days ago)
REtroArch And Emulatofs On My Wii
klauszik (1 month ago)
I have a PSP Go and a new 3DS, but my preferred method of playing classic games in a portable manner has got to be my Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and SFC30 Pro combo. The S9+ provides a brilliant screen, has enough power for retroarch to have no perceived lag and also has awesome speakers for a mobile device. The 8bitdo sfc 30 pro is just an amazing controller and there's a smartphone holder add-on for it, which combines the two into an awesome package. I prefer this combo to any available handheld, including the Nintendo Switch.
Mazkaa (1 month ago)
I have a handheld Mega drive/Genesis emulator with Mortal kombat.
Grunok (1 month ago)
The guy in the store looked like bryan cranston.
Paramesh Subramoni (1 month ago)
Great you are practically teaching people how to pirate shit Why don't you keep it all to yourself Basically i prefer a PC for emulation Hey that's just me
JackyYudes (1 month ago)
What is "DM" ?
lurkerrekrul (1 month ago)
Fun Fact: Downloading ANY copyrighted games that the owners haven't authorized for distribution is against the law regardless of whether you own an actual physical copy of that game or not. Unless you get your games from an authorized source, the only fully legal way to play those games on an emulator is to make a copy of the game yourself. Fairly easy to do with discs, but you'll have to jump through some hoops if the game is on a cartridge. Also, if the game includes ANY DRM to prevent it from being copied, then you're not allowed to make copies of it, period, no matter how pure your intentions are, since breaking/bypassing DRM has been made illegal in most countries. So while emulators are fully legal to use, the only legal way to get the games into the emulator is to make copies from your own discs/cartridges, and only if there's no DRM standing in your way. Of course most people don't bother to do this and there's virtually no risk in downloading unauthorized copies, but if you want to be in 100% compliance with the law, you have to make the copies yourself. Welcome to the wonderful world of modern copyright.

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