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Nintendo really missed a great opportunity by not putting an online store and an sd card slot on these. Sure, a lot of people would find a way to put roms on it, but there's a lot more people that would happily buy more games to add to the lineup.

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2 hours ago, the_debaser said:

Never heard of it! Looks fun though, the motorbike and minecart bits look like they nicely break up the standard Final Fight scrolling gameplay. I’ll pop it on later. 

 

It's good but hard as nails; even on the 'easy' setting.

 

Another brilliant (and obscure) SNES game that's hard as nails is this one - Hagane:

 

 

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It’s mainly a Donkey Kong Country player for my girlfriend.

 

I bought a Switch not long after though, so I superseded it for myself. Occasionally I give Mario Karts an outing on it, but that’s once in a blue moon.

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I still absolutely love mine (to the point I went crazy and bought the US and Japanese variants too) and it's genuinely been my most played console for a while.  I finished Super Metroid on it, am working my way through Castlevania and play a lot of Street Fighter II Turbo/Super Street Fighter 2 (plus the odd quick blast on a few of the other titles).  I love that I can flick the power switch on and be playing in a few seconds with next to no boot time or hassle of system/game updates which in turn lets me grab quick games of street fighter 2 around family life.

 

It's totally rekindled my appreciation of the relative simplicity of 16bit 2D games and I blame it for leading me into ordering an Analogue Super NT!

 

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1 hour ago, GMass said:

So despite being desperate for this - I sold mine ages ago.  So who still has and uses theirs? 

Still got it. Currently my preferred way to play SNES games, which I'm intending to work through in chronological order when I actually get some damned time to do so.

 

EDIT: It doesn't help that I got PSVR around the same time and I only have one set of eyes.

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I barely used mine due to the pathetic controller cords but since buying a wireless 6 button MD style controller and sticking on a load of mega drive, master system , gba, turbografx, nes and additional snes games I use it all the time

 

Currently playing through Aria of Sorrow on the GBA and it's just as addictive as I remember. I will never get rid of mine , where else are you going to get a proper licensed HDMI enabled retro box with such an easy to use interface for less than 70 quid? Adding games and creating custom matching box art is almost as fun as the games themselves :lol:

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I did want one of these but wasn't able to get one at launch, I ended up upgrading my 2DS to a new 2DS XL and grabbing some of the SNES games I wanted via the VC on there. Not the same as having it on the big screen, but I don't think I could justify the cost of a SNES mini when I have the games playable elsewhere. So I am glad I didn't get one in the end, but am jealous of those who have them because it is a lovely looking piece of kit, if nothing else!

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On 1/21/2018 at 14:40, matt! said:

 

That's interesting. There's a great thread on the libretro forum about how to mitigate lag. 

 

TL;DR 

 

with the correct settings there shouldn't be any lag, if your CPU is powerful enough to run the game. 

 

video_fullscreen = "true"

video_windowed_fullscreen = "false"

video_hard_sync = "true"

video_frame_delay = (as high as you can go before the game starts messing up, this is relative to the power of the device running retroarch)

video_smooth = "false"

 

(and don't use and filters or shaders)

 

I'm playing the T&E SOFT golf games on SNES mini though PicoDrive. I set the CPU to 400% and set the power meter to slow and they play very well indeed. 

 

I've tried changing settings within the Retroarch menu (some of those options don't appear to be available on the SNES Mini?) but it doesn't make much difference. Turning off V-sync helps the most but it makes the game a mess of torn screens.

It isn't much lag, but it's definitely more than the SNES Mini's own games give me, and it's definitely more than the same games give me on PC. It's noticable to me in something like Sonic the Hedgehog because it's a fast game that needs quick reactions and I'm very familiar with it. Hence me preferring to use the PC in those instances.

 

I did a little test video to show the lag difference between SNES Mini and PC. Bear in mind, this doesn't account for the 'feel' of the game when running with lag, so it only slightly shows the difference when pressing the jump button. And this isn't very technically done, but...

 

 

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On 16-2-2018 at 09:06, GMass said:

So despite being desperate for this - I sold mine ages ago.  So who still has and uses theirs? 

 

Me! 

 

Honestly, I think it's brilliant! I wasn't too thrilled with the NES mini as the games simply didn't hold much appeal to me anymore. So, wasn't sure whether this'd be a good investment. But, a catalogue of smashing games, the original controllers together with an pretty good CRT filter, practically guarantee a real trip down memory lane this time. Since I got one back in November I've been playing it weekly. Have about 60 games on it, so it's really keeping me busy.

Hopefully Sega will one day follow with a MegaDrive mini. 

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On 16/02/2018 at 08:06, GMass said:

So despite being desperate for this - I sold mine ages ago.  So who still has and uses theirs? 

 

Me! Completed all three DKC games, Contra 3, Zelda (for the millionth time), SMW (for the gazillionth time) and I’ve played through most of Secret of Mana. Also done most of Zombies too but got stuck pretty much exactly where I got stuck in the 90s. Currently making my way through Iron Commando as mentioned above. 

 

It’s the best console (apart from the switch). 

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9 minutes ago, matt! said:

They sold those rights to AtGames, who it seems aren't bothered about making a good MegaDrive Mini. 

 

The SNES Mini versus the MegaDrive all in one, console thing I've got is the perfect example of why Nintendo have a legacy, and global success whilst SEGA is a western PC game publisher.

 

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