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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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Rychoo (1 hour ago)
WHY ARE WE YELLING?!
AfroToad75 (1 day ago)
Really thinking about getting a gpd xd plus... Can´t get the controls to work in Pokemon Snap on my Hyperkin Arcade Machine.
Billy Lundevall (1 day ago)
I don't get why all of these type of videos look over the nVidia Shield Portable, it is probably the best on-the-go emulator device out there. It has a big 720p screen, runs Android, has a battery so large it will put your phone to shame (literal days of retro-gaming capacity), sports a built in (really nice) controller, 16gb of internal memory, Micro-SD card expansion, it can connect to a bluetooth headset, has built in Wi-Fi and plays everything up to PS1 with minor to no issues (depending on emulator). I literally walk around with all the games for all the major systems prior to the 3D-era in my bag at the same time on this thing. I hoped for a successor though as it is somewhat old by now, but that will probably never happen.
DragonSlicer (2 days ago)
But the switch doesn't have the Retro games and i already know that Nintendo isn't going to give us any games that we actually want like N64/GameCube games on there, and a computer isn't portable unless it's a laptop but you don't want to carry that around with you and you can't put it in your pocket, I just give nintendo a HUGE MIDDLE FINGER, I might buy a GPD XD+ just because i can hopefully play my favorite games on the go.
the jake (2 days ago)
fuck you muthafucka im gon download what the fuck i want whenever the fuck i want
Oni the strongest (3 days ago)
I remember when I first had my 3ds, my parents gifted me a 3ds game card where it had multiple games
Arcduck (3 days ago)
I made a Raspberry Colour with a raspberry zero inside of it for playing old games, its a bit too expensive though.... Like 150 dollars expensive.
Montisaquadeis (3 days ago)
RetroArch on a smartphone is a nice combo
peter pflum (4 days ago)
psp bro
Hrothgar (4 days ago)
The XD charges just fine with fast chargers. Never had a single issue.
Donald McClain (4 days ago)
You missed the most convenient option, an Android phone with a BT controller.
Carmine (5 days ago)
who is bob?
whilhelm (6 days ago)
intellectual property is a spook, dont feel bad about pirating games, even for games that are still being sold
Luigi Master (7 days ago)
The R4 cart was amazing, got my first taste of homebrew on that thing. No doubt provides the best means for which to experience Doom on the DS.
ThatsSoGiorgio (9 days ago)
Atm, since the Switch doesn’t have any virtual console games...I rebought a New 3DSXL and called Nintendo and got my whole library transferred over from my old account. Now I have like 15+ games on my 3DS. Something that will hold me till Smash Ultimate. I’m rebuying Smash 3DS to get good at it again till December.
bmxriderforlife1234 (10 days ago)
if its a game ive purchased but threw out because the console died and i couldnt get another one and fuck the ds im downloading it. if its something im willing to buy and will buy but cant find a copy of then im downloading it till i find a legit copy. if its something i cant get a legit copy of at all, then shit. sorry but make a new way to legally obtain it.
Bodhi (12 days ago)
Why does no one ever mention that the 3DS can be hacked for free to play ROMs on official Nintendo Virtual Console emulators?
Mushman139 (13 days ago)
I just have emulators on my Samsung galaxy, then I connect an 8bitdo controller to it.
BRYAN BELSHAW (13 days ago)
GPD XD is brilliant although I found the HDMI to TV very laggy, which made it practically unplayable. Also PSP games don't run the best. However, as a portable device  it is the best out there for old retro games.
BRAYDENATER99 (13 days ago)
I got Super Mario Bros and Super Mario Bros 3.
Shane Prior (13 days ago)
I was putting Homebrew on the PSP and used emulators ever since the first one came out way back when. I still think the PSP is the superior option due to the better screen quality
SkootDiggity (13 days ago)
Why are you shouting?
Ash Ketchum (13 days ago)
I loved my DS lite but one day I dropped it and it broke inside somehow and wouldn't turn on :(.
Jeremiah Gee (14 days ago)
Haha "you can almost buy a Nintendo switch for that price he said" a switch can't play PlayStation 1 games plus it feels 3D printed and Hollow
campos3452 (15 days ago)
WTF this guy looks like that donkey Kong cheater 😂🤣 first time viewer subbed 😁
Amineko Stone (15 days ago)
why are you shouting? I'm sure we could hear you if you spoke normal level! Just editing this - since it seems other people have noticed!!
Ero Jasper (16 days ago)
My ears are bleeding. 🐇
Seth Kwiecien (17 days ago)
Ive tried everything that you mentioned and more, ive tried devices that let me rip the roms direct from their cartridge over usb, and all other manners of devices. The best thing ive ever had to date is a portable windows device. You mentioned the GPD XD which is good, but not near as good as its brother the GPD Win. You could also use a huawei windows 10 tablet, or an intel compute stick which is a computer that looks like an amazon fire stick. All of these options can easily run n64, and some can go as far as gamecube emulation. Portable windows is the best way to emulate, hands down.
The Paper (17 days ago)
8:49
Djuul (18 days ago)
ps vita?
Shana Moens (18 days ago)
Glad you mentioned OpenEmu! I love it on my macie. Recently found out I can just plug in my ps3 controller with that. Awesome
Montisaquadeis (19 days ago)
My current portable emulation machine is either my Samsung S8 with a MOGA Pro Power or a $200 Acer Aspire 1 A114-31-C4HH running Linux and a PS4 controller using ds4drv.
Mark (20 days ago)
The VITA is now the best now that you can hack it like the psp
GaudyMarrko (20 days ago)
I do a lot of different emulation stuff. I'm particularly found of raspberry pi3 handhelds since they were fun to build, but in terms of performance and variety you can't beat just running emulators on PC, and if you don't care about more modern consoles like ps3, and wii U but want a portable experience, then a high end android phone can emulate pretty much everything with RetroX, and a few other emulators like Dolphin.
David Sapir (20 days ago)
My GPD XD is still one of my all time favorite gaming purchases. I picked one up nearly a year ago and still play it constantly. My favorite way to play is using FPV drone racing goggles as the monitor with an 8Bitdo SF30 as an external controller, although the GPD's on board control layout is very good. Best retro portable I've ever played. The only downside I've experienced is that if you hook it up to a modern 4K tv, the lag time is pretty bad, even if you lower the hdmi output settings. Aside from that, I've never played a better retro portable than the GPD XD, it's really that awesome.
Julian Leung (21 days ago)
buy a ipega controller and use the phone.
wall mob (21 days ago)
Https://3ds.guide hack the 3ds ftw.
wall mob (21 days ago)
Yea but the gpd xd is ugly as balls. Js
BanquoX (22 days ago)
eyyyy how do you pirate these games! also you guys should work on your sex appeal...
AccountWasHacked (22 days ago)
The SupaBoy (regular one, not the S) will play the Super Famicon games; I played Tae Kwon Do on it. Also the screen for it is 4:3.
Relatable Millennial (22 days ago)
Use your phone and a bluetooth controller, or an adaptor for any controller you have laying around.
Ian Johnson (22 days ago)
my laptop can emulate botw with emu lol
CASPER ISBORED (24 days ago)
Well duh It’s a Galaxy 7 not that cheap it only costs like 699 dollars I did the math it’s only 3 months and 1 day at Mcdonalds
Bluebrain (24 days ago)
@10:25 Quickcharge capable chargers only output 9V (or even 12V) after successful negotiation with the device. Otherwise the output is limited to 5V and you never have to worry to connect any 5V USB device to it.
Hermaeus Mora (24 days ago)
My LG Stylo 3 can do all this. I keep an Xbox One S Controller in my Bag to Play whatever I Want.
Haihatu Edits (24 days ago)
Retro arch on laptop for the win bois. SUPER MARIO GALAXY!!!!
Garrett Stubbs (24 days ago)
These guys are putting out user friendly, perfect emulators, for android... all Play Store, all trusted site legit, no worries :-) Just awesome emulation!! PERFECT NES EMULATION: Http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=emulator.arcadegameclassic.mamedroid PERFECT SNES EMULATION: http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=emulator.arcadegameclassic.snes
Garrett Stubbs (24 days ago)
D.S. Lite, is the best handheld console ever made. Even without emulators, it has the largest library of any system (handheld or not) ever... Then factoring in emulators, the D.S. plays THOUSANDS of titles...
Garrett Stubbs (24 days ago)
E.g. Christian Whitehead, "Sega Forever"... on android... 'nuff said... Hell, I throw the side mounted, bluetooth controllers on my badass Asus Zenpad (1.83ghz Mediatek Hexacore w/ 2gb ram and dual stereo speakers... it's amazing, does everything, perfectly) and call it my Sega Switch! Got Master System, Megadrive, Genesis, Saturn, and Dreamcast games. And Thanx to CHRISTIAN WHITEHEAD and the SEGA FOREVER initiative, they all run PERFECTLY, control PERFECTLY and LOOK BETTER than they EVER did on ANY gen of television, thanx to my Zenpad zt581k's 2048 by 1536 hd display ;-) (seriously though, their one of the baddest Tabs on the market and you can get them, new, on ebay, for around $90. Not trying to sell anything... but the hexacore and supa hi res. screens are AWESOME for vintage gaming. And they're cheap, just trying to turn ya'll on to the good sh*t, while the gettin' is good) So, yeah, Android is about to take over the vintage gaming world... Mark my words... Have an excellent night ya'll! GAME ON :-) I'll post some links for Easy to get, easy to use, user friendly and stunning android emulators, in a few minutes... Latr...
Garrett Stubbs (24 days ago)
Android emulators, with bluetooth controllers, are the future... And is, by far, the easiest way to retro game... The OLDER ones ARE a pain in the ass, but the newest ones you just download the emulator, open it, type in the game you want on the emme's search bar, and when the game you want pops up, tap on your game aaaand enjoy!... thats it...
Smokeanaut (24 days ago)
You're like if Billy Mitchell was actually cool and not a fraud
brad jenkins (24 days ago)
Man.... when you have long hair and you are deep into balding it just looks terrible. Let it go man and cut the hair so you at least look like you give a shit about your appearance.
IAmNuuhb (25 days ago)
sooo here in Germany i bought a new GPD XD for 190 € O.o
Spanish Dumbass (25 days ago)
Honestly I'm so interested in old games but when I get the chance to play them I'm so bored, but when someone else plays with me it's a little funner but it's still meh
Stop screaming
Belle Lysenko (26 days ago)
Wait Wait Wait Wait Wait How is Ron's and emulators is in any way different from buying used games from game stop and second parties, third parties and out of the way stores? Nintendo still won't get a cut from the sale. To take a lawsuit against Rom sites then they definitely have to take a law suit against game stop and Craigslist and small shops
MonkeyShaman (26 days ago)
pso in a ds formfactor? thats like $5000 right?
MT-32 (27 days ago)
That reverb hurts!
Shoonky (27 days ago)
ps vita
Tuncay G (28 days ago)
I use RetroPie on Raspberry Pi 3 with a CRT monitor, fightstick and Buffalo snes gamepads. It's quite weak and struggles on N64 and some many games for Arcade does not work, plus there is a lot of work involved. But besides this, it works quite good. The only drawback is, it is not portable. But people managed to create their own portable devices with the Raspberry Pi or even arcade machines.
bigemugamer (28 days ago)
aside from a laptop my best and only 2nd of 2 portable emulation devices i've owned was the experia Play. i had +9800 games including complete north American libraries for, nes, snes, n64, game boy, GBC, GBA, sega masters, genesis, game gear, TG16 as well as +3500 mame games. while i always look for new portable emulation devices none have everything i want, infact none really have had a simple 6 key layout, A B C, X Y Z, i want an emulation device that can comfortably play N64.
Chester Rico (28 days ago)
I was a PSP bro (although I later got a DS lite as well.) The screen is just bigger and better for emulation stuff.
Mr. T (28 days ago)
If you own the SupaBoy S, you should consider getting a Super EverDrive game cart. It's a super nintendo cartridge with a slot for a micro SD card so you can load your snes roms on it. It also has the ability for you to input game genie codes as well.
Taylor Almond (29 days ago)
FYI, the Nomad didn't have S-Video out, it's just the standard RGB (Genesis 2 style) output. Regardless, great video, man.
Maru Misu (29 days ago)
So basically the psp go is the best option unless you want to play DS or 3DS games
Maruko Ropesu (1 month ago)
he smoked weed so much
Alexander (1 month ago)
I highly doubt that the GPD can only be charged on regular 5V chargers as all fast chargers will first "ask" the device if it supports fast charge, and if it doesn't respond they will just charge it at the regular 5V.
Youtube Pizzer (1 month ago)
Just homebrew a wii u jesus
Allen West (1 month ago)
Retropie on an Ubuntu Linux OS Desk is better , and looks cooler than OpenEmu ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ma8_FzDt_DI Plus Attract Mode on Portable Emulation Station is amazing ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3XK84MG2Bg&feature=youtu.be
redgc899 (1 month ago)
my ears are dead after this video
dragon lord (1 month ago)
i just download emulators on my phone i find it more easy to do :D
Shaun Ekman (1 month ago)
Just a reminder, nintendo said "There are currently no plans to bring classic games together under the Virtual Console banner as has been done on other Nintendo systems". This means that they might bring retro games to the switch, just not with the 'virtual console' branding. There is still hope!
meme stew (1 month ago)
dude, Bob reminds me of Jason Lee in My Name is Earl!
Avoozl (1 month ago)
Ever since these videos the GPD has gone up in price, ugh I wish I bought it sooner when I saw it.
M&Z Bros (1 month ago)
Is that a Mac I see?
Michael Stutzman (1 month ago)
Here on the day roms died
Jeremy Ravazzini (1 month ago)
What Mario game is at 5:18 ?
Aaron Graham (24 days ago)
Jeremy Ravazzini it’s a Rom Hack of Super Mario World
ThirdEyeMotion (1 month ago)
you understand that narc is short for narcotics right, just say op
DoyLE McPoyLE (1 month ago)
https://store.steampowered.com/app/891380/Retro_Snake_Adventures/
Atom Fetrow (1 month ago)
I have the cyclodsevolution flash cartridge.
- Lazer - (1 month ago)
Or u can just get Delta or gba4ios on your phone
nicholascooney (1 day ago)
The Supaboy S screen is disgusting turned my games into JPEGs exported from WinXP movie maker
Peyton McCreary (1 month ago)
I don’t agree with not owning part as long as they don’t make the console or game anymore
William Hicks (1 month ago)
OH SCREW YOU RETROARCH IS GREAT!!!
JuiceCoil (1 month ago)
GBA4IOS is my route
Jorn Navarre (1 month ago)
Dude, the microphone is 6" from your face, DON'T YELL !!
darkforestzero (1 month ago)
this is a nice video. why does the long haired man keep yelling?
Jeremiah Noble (1 month ago)
What would yo recommend for n64
jonathan lewis (1 month ago)
You make some loud points.
jtoon200 (1 month ago)
You mentioned my gaming flagships, but not enough. I will only play SNES and below on my hacked PSP. Nothing can compare to that sweet Sony d-pad. For PS1 gen consoles and android games it's the GPD XD. It plays San Andreas flawlessly.
awesomesauce666 (1 month ago)
i just hacked my switch..much easieer
Danilo Lima (1 month ago)
Even though I'm already having one PSP and playing retro games in it I still put my money on a GPD XD and no regrets at all. Until now it's the best handhelds way to play retro games, of course, if you have a computer to do it will be even better because you can emulate more consoles on it. GPD XD can emulate everything until Dreamcast and New Android Games, you can use basically any Android app on it which is the perks to have one. Probably the Holy Graal of emulation.
Aurelius (1 month ago)
can you use the r4 card on the dsi?
David Noyce (1 month ago)
Why do you have to be SO LOUD!!!!
【Vocaloid English】 (1 month ago)
I use a Samsung Fast Charger with my GPD XD and it works perfectly fine.
【Vocaloid English】 (1 month ago)
Get off your high horse and accept emulation is a thing. Nintendo isn't seeing a penny if you buy that mario or pokemon game second hand anyway.
Que Creations (1 month ago)
Im smiling because I brought the GPD XD two years ago at $170 and the price is still up.
Kim Il-Sung (1 month ago)
I just hope Mario 64 is on the Nintendo Switch online retro games
Steven Hobbs (1 month ago)
You can always play. Your nes games on the Wii or Wii u
sweatyballsac (1 month ago)
STOP YELLING AT ME!

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