If you’re a big fan of retro gaming, then listen up. The Retrode 2 has been announced, and it offers a rather radical take on the whole affair. Instead of acquiring legally dubious ROMs and playing your games on an ill-suited keyboard, you can do it all completely legally and on the original controller.
The Retrode 2 is a clever USB box, which magically mounts physical cartridges for you via USB. The device shows up as a USB drive, and all you’ve got to do is point your favourite emulator to the ROM inside. As well as as accessing the ROM, you can also get at the save games, meaning you can transfer your emulated save files to the cartridge, or do it the other way around to rescue your old saves.
Once you’ve got the game mounted up and ready to play, nothing’s better than that original controller. The Retrode helps out here too, with ports for plugging in your controller and making it show up as a normal joystick in Windows, Mac or Linux.
The Retrode is compatible with with the SNES and the Sega Genesis.
It’s a terribly clever idea, and I must say that I’m quite impressed. All of this magic comes at a price though – $85 or €65, to be precise. The Retrode 2 ships on January 23rd – check it out at Retrode.com.
This article was written by William Judd. William writes for Mobile Fun, the UK’s largest online retailers of the Griffin Survivor, Jabra HTC Wildfire skin and Amazon Kindle cover. Source originally spotted by Adam Whitworth.