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3 hours ago, Ninja Doctor said:

Getting an amazon.co.jp account is a hell of a gateway drug. Next you’ll be eyeing up random special editions of things. 

Yeah, best we don't talk about that, the only reason I didn't get the Aleste collection for PS4 was because I wasn't sure if it came with the GG micro or not... Don't start me on the RType Final 2 Collectors edition ...

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17 hours ago, spatular said:

don't suppose anyone knows if/what other stuff the pads for these work with? all i can find is that it works on pc, which is cool, just wondered if there was any more support for consoles etc.

 

The pads work with the ACM, Mister and PC. Tried it on PS3, but it's unusable as the D-Pad registers left all the time. Detected as a legacy device on Street Fighter V on PS4/PS5 but the D-Pad doesn't register at all. You could probably get more functionality using a brook converter (for example the Brook Wingman SD with the latest firmware lets you use the ACM Pad and Stick on Dreamcast and Saturn) but that's yer lot.

 

If you want a six button Sega style controller with a lot of versatility you need the Retro Bit 2.4 GHZ Wireless one. It works with PC, Steam, Mac, Switch, PS3, OG Mega Drive, Mega Drive Mini right out the box. If you buy the Saturn version, replace OG Mega Drive with OG Saturn. Plug the USB dongle into a PS4 or PS5 and you can play legacy fighting games like SFV with it. Buy a Brook PS3>PS4 converter and you can play it natively on PS4 / PS5 with game that don't require an analog stick of course. You just need to hold UP and Y on the controller once it's detected to activate the D-pad. Playing Streets of Rage 4, Huntdown, Sonic Mania etc with it is great. Also the Brook P3>P4 adapter will also let you most legacy PS3 controller on the PS4/PS5 so it's a good investment if you have wheels or arcade sticks from that era.

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Looking at this now on Amazon Japan (not that I can pull the trigger until end of month) and there are two different editions at different prices, which google translates as ‘body - limited to Amazon’ and ‘body - not limited to amazon’, which is pricier.

 

Anyone know the difference? 

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41 minutes ago, Jazz Glands said:

Looking at this now on Amazon Japan (not that I can pull the trigger until end of month) and there are two different editions at different prices, which google translates as ‘body - limited to Amazon’ and ‘body - not limited to amazon’, which is pricier.

 

Anyone know the difference? 

 

Nothing, just that the one 'limited' to Amazon comes with a wallpaper set for your phone and PC which is emailed to you on checkout. It's usually the cheaper of the two so might as well go for that one. 

 

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https://www.gamespress.com/Sega-Astro-City-Mini-will-hit-Europe-this-Spring

 

There's listings on Amazon france as well. Strange this as it seems to be getting quite a wide release now but it's still the original JP Roms, so although the menus are in english it isn't a 'full' translation. Not that it really matters outside of Tant-R but you'd think they would change the romset for a wide release.

 

I will probably pick one up from funstock if it's full English packaging. I love this thing I play it every day at my desk so would happily have a spare unit

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I'm pleased that these are getting more global exposure - the more these things are out in the wild, more than a single Japanese guy will bother attempting to stick Hackchi on it and formulate a proper software solution for this thing. I'm more than ready to stick street fighter on it now.

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Is that 1l3b panel on your full sized Astro a custom repro? Never seen one before. I had to use button blanks with my 1l6b panel which just isn’t the same.

 

I thought the same on the Astro mini, shame about the borders, but otherwise it’s a fun bit of kit.

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52 minutes ago, phillv85 said:

Is that 1l3b panel on your full sized Astro a custom repro? Never seen one before. I had to use button blanks with my 1l6b panel which just isn’t the same.

 

I thought the same on the Astro mini, shame about the borders, but otherwise it’s a fun bit of kit.


It’s an Alberto repro.  They’re expensive but also the best repro I’ve come across so far. 
 

I watched a vid a second ago of someone putting a screen in that filled the full bezel (and a Pi (ish) computer in there). Looked sweet. Espesh when they were running VF3! 

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12 hours ago, Keyboard Koala said:

Almost ordered it until I saw how terrible the CRT filter is :(

 

Plus the selection of games could've been a lot better.

 

It would be nice if it was perfect, but it is still an awesome little machine. I agree, it could be better, but it is a novelty item really. Obviously there are far better ways to play these games and more for free elsewhere.

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The SNES, MD and PC Engine minis all got a neat CRT filter imo. Some people don't mind, but I think it's essential to have a decent one on those mini consoles. I only got the PS mini after they made it easy to hack and consequently easy to put a CRT filter on it. A shame, as I love how the astro city mini looks.

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Just got one of these. I'm not sold on the little stick. It's clicky but a bit spongey and vague.

 

Am I right in saying that there's no current way of getting a Retro-Bit MD (or Saturn) wireless 2.4Ghz pad to work with it? But an 8BitDo wireless 2.4Ghz pad _will_ work?

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7 hours ago, Camel said:

Just got one of these. I'm not sold on the little stick. It's clicky but a bit spongey and vague.

 

Am I right in saying that there's no current way of getting a Retro-Bit MD (or Saturn) wireless 2.4Ghz pad to work with it? But an 8BitDo wireless 2.4Ghz pad _will_ work?

 

8bitdo M30 with the 2.4ghz usb dongle will work straight out of the box.

 

You can get a Retrobit 2.4 to work but you need a Mayflash Magic S-Pro iirc

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On 18/11/2021 at 19:26, Down by Law said:

 

8bitdo M30 with the 2.4ghz usb dongle will work straight out of the box.

 

I can only find bluetooth and 9-pin DIN (MD) receivers. Do 8BitDo actually make a 2.4ghz USB receiver?

 

EDIT: Looks like I want this guy:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/8BitDo-Wireless-Controller-Genesis-Nintendo/dp/B07ZRN87LD/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=8bitdo+m30&qid=1638543271&quartzVehicle=1526-10842&replacementKeywords=8bitdo&sr=8-3

 

I wonder if I can just buy that receiver somewhere.

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1 hour ago, Camel said:

 

I can only find bluetooth and 9-pin DIN (MD) receivers. Do 8BitDo actually make a 2.4ghz USB receiver?

 

EDIT: Looks like I want this guy:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/8BitDo-Wireless-Controller-Genesis-Nintendo/dp/B07ZRN87LD/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=8bitdo+m30&qid=1638543271&quartzVehicle=1526-10842&replacementKeywords=8bitdo&sr=8-3

 

I wonder if I can just buy that receiver somewhere.

 

Yep that's the one

 

Basically as long as it's the Mega Drive Mini branded one you'll be ok. The other ones have the 9 pin receiver

 

 

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