Retro Duo

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Retro Duo
Manufacturer Retro-Bit
Type Video game console
Generation Seventh Generation
Retail availability
Media NES/SNES/SFami ROM Cartridge
CPU 8-bit & 16-bit
Controller input 2 SNES controller ports
Backward
compatibility
Nintendo, Super NES/Super Famicom
Successor Super Retro Trio

The Retro Duo is a video-game clone console developed by Retro-Bit and distributed by Innex, Inc. The Retro Duo is an 8-bit and 16-bit video game console. It was designed to fit the needs of 8-bit and 16-bit console gamers and plays game cartridges for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Super NES/Super Famicom. There have been quite a few clone systems made in recent years, but the difference with this one is that it plays American, European, and Japanese games and has the highest compatibility over any other clone system.[1] Another notable difference is that S-video is now compatible when playing SNES games.[2] The console is not licensed by Nintendo and is not fully compatible with every game released for the two game systems; however, the majority of games will function properly. While it has only been released in Canada and the United States, it can still be used in Europe and Japan with a power plug adapter. The console is compatible with official and third party SNES controllers.

Reviews of the Retro Duo have praised its compatibility for games many other clone consoles struggle with (due to hardware issues) such as Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse on the NES, Star Fox on the SNES, and the Game Genie cheat cartridge. The Retro Duo is also compatible with the Super Game Boy device.[1] The Retro Duo was released in four different color schemes: white/blue, silver/black, black/red, red/gold limited edition version. The new 3.0 released fixed many of the previous 2 versions, including the compatibility with Castlevania III and came as a red/blue Mascot edition.

Compatibility[edit]

The Retro Duo Portable, able to play SNES, NES & Genesis games

List of known incompatible games:

Nintendo Entertainment System

  • 720° (NTSC)
  • Battletoads (Game hangs after level 2, though a cheat allows the player to jump to level 3) (NTSC)
  • Duck Hunt (NES Zapper cannot be plugged in; works with NES to SNES adapting cables that have accessory support. Be aware, however, that the NES Zapper only works with a CRT TV set.)
  • Maniac Mansion
  • Paperboy (Controller is not recognized) (NTSC)
  • Rolling Thunder (Works with Retro Duo 2.0 and above)

Super Nintendo Entertainment System

Most or all the PAL games listed below are not playable on a real NTSC Super NES (even with its security chip disabled). Their inclusion here does not reflect incompatibilities between the (NTSC) Retro Duo and a real NTSC Super NES.

Controllers / Accessories (compatible with NES to SNES cables but only ones with accessory support)

Retro Duo Portable[edit]

Retro-Bit also has a portable version of the console, the Retro Duo Portable, released with a black case on January 23, 2012, and later with a red case on September 25, 2012.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Feature: Retro Duo Console Review - Retro News @ Nintendo Life". Retro.nintendolife.com. 2009-11-04. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  2. ^ McWhertor, Michael. "Hands-On With The Retro Duo, The NES/SNES Hybrid". Kotaku.