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The controller is a standard USB HID Class Game Controller; if the OS doesn't support that properly, there's probably not much we can do from the Retrode's side.

General Discussion / Re: Crazy SA-1 idea
« on: 08/Jan/2012 12:17:28 PM »
I've tried to wire up a SuperCIC to an SA-1 cart, but without luck. The SA-1 expects a weird combination of different clocks, which I haven't quite wrapped my head around yet.

General Discussion / Re: Anyone received theirs yet?
« on: 08/Jan/2012 12:14:45 PM »
I am debating over waiting for the batch that properly handles the SNES lockout chip or get a new one for my cousins to use.
Sorry to disappoint but for that one you may have to wait forever :)

Thanks to everyone who's posting pictures and reports! Glad you like the device. If you think there is something wrong (which is not 100% out of the possible, after all, this is the very first batch where I wasn't personally involved in the production pipeline), please let me know.

1. If the Retrode can dump a cartridges, you will get an exact copy - what else would you expect? I usually tell from the emulators' built-in checksum test.

2. Yes, you can write saves back to the cartridge. You may want to take a look at my prehistoric "snega2usb" video for some evidence (starting at 6:00): I take a cart, play a little, then plug it back into the console, and my latest progress has been preserved.

3. You may want to check out the compatibility list on If a title is listed in there, it has been tested successfully. There are a bunch of DSP1 and Super-FX games in the list, and I've successfully tested the SRAM functionality for Mario Kart and Yoshi's Island myself. I can tell you for sure that SA-1 does not work; and I know people have reported trouble with the Mega Man X series. Any reports about success or failure for those special chips are greatly appreciated!

4. Later this year, there will be plug-in adapters for N64, Game Boy, and Master System carts. SRAM saves are currently only supported for the non-advance Game Boys.

Please understand that I cannot promise that you won't lose SRAM data using the Retrode. In my experience, it is extremely unlikely. But then, after all, those carts are about 20 years old and there's simply no guarantee they won't spontaneously lose their memory - it's simply a risk that comes with using them.

I do not have all too much experience with the controller part under OS X. However, there is a slight chance that the company who assembles the Retrode flashed the wrong firmware version. I had first sent them a version where the controller part was badly screwed up, then another corrected version. To be on the safe side, I'd suggest you try the latest version from . Please report whether that helps.

General Discussion / Re: Retrode in the news!
« on: 04/Jan/2012 08:38:46 AM »
Gizmodo, TechCrunch, etc, and still running smoothly. Seems our hosting package and Wordpress installation are strong enough to handle it. Surprisingly, I'm getting by far the most clicks from a French site.

General Discussion / Anyone ever used the Retrode on a PHONE?
« on: 04/Jan/2012 08:36:42 AM »

It just came to me that we still don't have any evidence of a Retrode running on the OTG port of a smartphone. Has anyone ever tried that? I think that would be fairly neat.


General Discussion / Re: Welcome to the new Retrode forum!
« on: 03/Jan/2012 10:44:53 AM »
Iain is looking into rescuing as much of the old stuff over to the new forum, but school is keeping him rather busy these days.

General Discussion / Re: Adaptors
« on: 02/Jan/2012 09:15:40 PM »

That's about right. As for production runs of assembled plug-ins, it always boils down to being able to find the right connectors. We have parts for N64, GBx, SMS in stock -- so expect those adapters to pop up in a short while. If enough people are interested, we could also look into designing and producing some bare boards.

Also, I recently got my hands on a NES connector. Will have to see when I find the time for it. The plethora of mappers does scare me a bit, though.


General Discussion / Re: Welcome to the new Retrode forum!
« on: 30/Dec/2011 03:16:16 PM »
Actually, they're linked on the start page, twice. I haven't managed to send out a newsletter yet.

General Discussion / Anyone received theirs yet?
« on: 28/Dec/2011 01:46:21 PM »
Dear all,

Roughly 130 brand-new Retrodes went out to their new owners yesterday - some (overseas) will certainly take a bit longer, but others might already arrive today or tomorrow, depending on how far you are from Germany. So let us know when your Retrode arrives, and how you like it!


General Discussion / Welcome to the new Retrode forum!
« on: 21/Dec/2011 03:16:20 AM »
Dear Retrode Enthusiasts,

Welcome back to the new Retrode forum, your place to discuss all things Retrode! This time, we're here to stay - no more trouble with unreliable web hosting companies etc. Special thanks go out to [lulemurfan] for setting the forum software up. Hope you'll enjoy it!


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