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Retrode 2 adds Genesis and SNES gaming, plus N64 in pipeline

Retrode 2 adds Genesis and SNES gaming, plus N64 in pipeline

Retro gaming just got a whole lot easier, with the Retrode 2 adding Genesis, Mega Drive and SNES cartridges ports to your PC, tablet or smartphone via a simple USB connection. Adding the SEGA ports to the original design, the second-gen Retrode also has two SEGA controller ports and two for SNES controllers, and promises driver-free operation no matter your OS of choice.

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3 Man Chess runs rings around the classic game

3 Man Chess runs rings around the classic game

Chess between two people is tricky enough, but add a third player and the classic board game takes on a whole new - circular - dimension. 3 Man Chess takes the original pieces, moves and rules of chess and throws in a third, gray set of pieces and transfers play to a round board: despite the extra manpower and the unusual shape, all of the core tenets actually stay the same.

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Sony MZ-RH1 Hi-MD Walkman faces axe (but MiniDisc lives on!)

Sony MZ-RH1 Hi-MD Walkman faces axe (but MiniDisc lives on!)

Goodbye, MiniDisc, we loved you. Well, perhaps not love, but at least a grudging regard. Unfortunately, grudging regards don't add up to sales, and Sony has decided to axe the MZ-RH1 MiniDisc Hi-MD Walkman in September this year. Worry not about your precious MiniDiscs themselves, however; those still using the format will have time to stock up.

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JVC Kaboom! boombox dragged screaming into 2011

JVC Kaboom! boombox dragged screaming into 2011

Feeling retro? JVC has dug deep into the archives and pulled out something of a classic, the JVC Kaboom! boombox, though they've wisely given it an update to suit the 2011 market. The distinctive pipe-bomb shape is still there, and the love-it-or-hate-it design, but you now get an iPod/iPhone docking station along with the integrated CD player.

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Colorfly Pocket HiFi C4 Pro looks like a 60’s Star Trek prop

Colorfly Pocket HiFi C4 Pro looks like a 60’s Star Trek prop

For the most part all media players look alike. They all tend to have the same shape and style and many of them have similar controls or touchscreens for you to use for controlling the tracks and content you store. Colorfly has a new media player that looks very different from the masses out there. The player is called the Pocket HiFi C4 Pro and apparently, it is aimed at the audiophile looking for the best sound quality they can get.

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ThinkGeek iCADE iPad arcade cabinet finally gets shipping date

ThinkGeek iCADE iPad arcade cabinet finally gets shipping date

One of ThinkGeek's most popular April Fools' jokes of recent years has been the iCADE arcade cabinet for the iPad, and having been green-lighted the retro peripheral is finally going on sale. ThinkGeek has just told us that pre-orders for the iCADE kick off today, with the cabinet expected to ship from May 20.

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – April 10, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – April 10, 2011

For this week's video we have a slightly different format, highlighting 5 news topics of the week rather than our usual 10. We wanted to talk more about each while keeping our videos nice and short. Also, product reviews and featured columns of the week are grouped together towards the end. And, we have a special giveaway to announce, so continue after the cut to find out what it is!

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PXL 2000 by Fisher-Price, Retro Camcorder

PXL 2000 by Fisher-Price, Retro Camcorder

The PXL 2000 is a retro Lo-Fi home video camera dropped on the world in 1988. It records a whopping 100 vertical lines at 15 frames per second. Technically, not terribly impressive, but this limitation gives the videos taken by the camera an airy, ghostly quality that I haven't seen before. There are a significant number of Youtube videos displaying the camera's stuff. I threw a couple of them up. It's definitely worth checking out.

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Commodore 64 is Back in Business!

Commodore 64 is Back in Business!

Did you have one? Or are you nostalgic for the good 'ol days of the 1980s? Personally, I had an Apple IIe, but the Commodore was the hot gadget to have back in the day. Well Commodore 64, in all its boxy glory, has had an update and is ready for a new day. The new Commodore looks exactly the same as the old one, even down to the keyboard. But the inside has had an update.

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Commodore gives its new computer its old-school brown 80’s skin

Commodore gives its new computer its old-school brown 80’s skin

Way back in the 80's when I was a little geek I wanted a Commodore 64 so bad I could hardly stand it. My parents wouldn’t spring for the beast back then and I ended up with the TI-99/4A and remained bitter about it each time I went to the store and saw all the cool games Commodore 64 had. I mentioned last summer that the Commodore name was coming back and like most things from my youth be it a movie or toys commodore has decided to go retro with the new machine.

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Atari’s Greatest Hits arrives in App Store: 100 classic games for $14.99

Atari’s Greatest Hits arrives in App Store: 100 classic games for $14.99

You want to know what's awesome? Atari is awesome. You want to know what's even more awesome? How about 100 classic Atari games, reformatted for iPhone and iPad, and available in their glorious retro entirety from the App Store [Tunes link] for a mere $14.99. 18 Atari arcade titles, 92 Atari 2600 games, and even some new fangled Bluetooth for multiplayer fun.

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Mario 3, 1, 2, and 1

Mario 3, 1, 2, and 1

This guy, aqwawaf, made an assisted speed run of four different Mario games running at the same time. Then, he posted the video on Youtube. This video uses four NES emulators all hooked up to a single controller input. The only way to get something like this accomplished is using emulators and save states to tweak Mario's every twitch. This is what's known as a tool-assisted speed run. It's technically possible for a human being to actually perform these movements, but the timing would have to be so perfected that it's virtually impossible. Luckily (?) we can manipulate emulators into doing all sorts of strange stuff these days. If you don't know your Mario games, he's running through two copies of Super Mario Bro's on the right hand side. The left hand side has Mario 3 and Mario 2 stacked top and bottom.

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