|I've been watching this channel a lot recently... It's a really amazing retro gaming channel that talks about the various video signal/modding options for all the consoles, and they also do reviews of underrated/lesser known retro games done in the style of those old 90's "tips & tricks" vhs tapes. These videos are incredibly well-written and produced. It's like you can really tell they truly love this hobby and put all their heart into these informative videos.|
This series made me want to reconsider all of my options for playing retro games. Personally, I don''t really care about retro game collecting... Unless I go super hardcore with it, I would still feel like I'm missing out if I buy the original cartridges of my favorite games, but was still missing the original boxes and instruction manuals... It just wouldn't be worth it to me... However I am very much into the idea of getting the best possible accuracy/quality out of all the classic games, regardless of legitimacy. That's why I just splurged on a Framemeister and an RGB modded N64 with an Everdrive. Since there's no acceptable emulation solution for N64 games, and I definitely don't want a bulky CRT, this is the next best thing if I want access to perfectly preserved N64 games.
Then I thought, since I already have a Framemeister, why not get some other older consoles like SNES/Genesis and flashcarts and RGB mods for them as well?
But then I looked into it more and realized I probably don't want to go that route. Not only would it be a huge mess having so many systems and cords to take care of, but also the flash cart for SNES doesn't support a lot of key games, and then with the Genesis there are certain things that the Framemeister doesn't play nicely with, like the 2-player splitscreen in Sonic... So if I'd still have to resort to emulation for some things anyway, then I don't think even want to bother with the original consoles at all... Emulation accuracy for these older consoles is just so good, that these small caveats to the original hardware upscaling solutions are enough to make me just want to stick with emulation altogether.
So in the end, I bought a Framemeister JUST to play N64 games in good quality, and nothing else... lol so be it.
For NES, SNES, Genesis, etc, my preference is to emulate them on my Wii U or 3DS, through VC injection or Retroarch, depending on which works better. In certain cases, I still resort to Retroarch on PC due to the extra horsepower needed to get the most accurate emulation possible, but I really prefer to avoid PC and play them on my Nintendo systems whenever possible.
With PS1/PS2, I have a modded PS3 that can play every game perfectly and with decent native HDMI upscaling, no issues there.
With Gamecube and Wii games... I used to be a huge fan of playing on Dolphin, but the small inaccuracies and sound issues that come up once in a while made me switch to using vWii on my hacked Wii U instead. The Wii U's vWii has decent enough HDMI upscaling, although the input lag on the vWii is a small issue that sometimes bothers me. It's pretty much impossible to beat Rhythm Heaven Fever on vWii for example... But I guess that's always going to be an issue though unless I go the CRT route (bleh to that, CRT is so bulky and hard to take care of and it hurts my eyes)
I hope you enjoyed this brief analysis on the current state of my retro gaming set up.