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Tasuki

So after my current SNES HD Clone system died last night, I am looking for a new one. Now I know that Analogue has a good one but they are currently sold out. So I am wondering besides them what is a good one. I don't want one that ROM dumps looking more in the market for an FPGA one like Analog but I haven't been able to find any. Is Analogue the only one?

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WoomyNNYes

@Tasuki I'm really surprised nobody has replied yet?
I was looking on estarland.com and they were sold out, unless you want a supaboy.
Maybe my non-answer will trigger someone to say, I can do better than @WoomyNNYes.

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ThanosReXXX

@Tasuki I can do better than @WoomyNNYes...

You've got a couple of options, depending on how much money you want to spend.
Although, I do have to say that the Analogue IS the best option, so if it is only temporarily sold out,
you might want to consider waiting. But, having said that, here's your options:

Here's some reading and viewing material:
https://nerdtechy.com/best-nes-snes-clone-hdmi
https://levelskip.com/consoles/Retro-Duo-NES-and-SNES-Clone-C...

Hope you find what you're looking for...

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Tasuki

@ThanosReXXX Thanks I will check those out in a bit. Funny thing though the one video shows the Gamerz Tek Clone system that's what I had and now I can't get a picture to show. But yeah I check those out. Thanks.

@WoomyNNYes Thanks as well

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@Tasuki You're welcome.

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Atariboy

I suggest waiting for a Super Nt restock. Nothing else comes even close for a dedicated Super Nintendo clone system.

You'd be better off using Higan than buying a Hyperkin or Retro-Bit clone. It's cycle accurate and a very high quality emulator that's free to download. Emulation based clone systems like the Retron 5 are very laggy and of poor build quality. And old hardware based standard definition clone systems going all the way back to the Retro Duo era are only decent when paired with a SD CRT. You will not get a pleasing image on a modern HDTV from such SNES-on-a-chip clones with only composite and S-Video video.

Even from the several SNES-on-a-chip clones marketed for HDTV use with HDMI outputs will not look good since they're paired with cut rate scaling chips designed for generic use by a television rather than upscaling a 240p resolution videogame (I believe Retro-Bit for one sells such a system, as well as a NES counterpart).

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ThanosReXXX

Atariboy wrote:

Nothing else comes even close for a dedicated Super Nintendo clone system.

That is simply not true. You should definitely check out the MiSTer, and you'll be pleasantly surprised. Or maybe not, if you know that it is also FPGA-based and has dedicated, optimized cores available for many systems, NES and SNES included.

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Tasuki

@Atariboy I just might do that. I recent bought the Mega SG from them and I am loving it. I played several games for a few hours yesterday and everything checked out so I wouldn't be against getting the NT.

@ThanosReXXX I have heard about the MISTer but I'm just don't have enough info on it. It sounds more like if you want to build your own or something.

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@Tasuki It's basically an FPGA box, that you add cores to. Cores are the necessary files for emulation, and they come in ready-made bundles. Most current boards already have all of the more popular system and console cores on there straight out of the box. There's also an entire community out there, helping people setting their MiSTer up. The great thing is that you can LITERALLY turn it into anything you want, and because it is FPGA-based, all systems and devices it emulates, will run as if it were the original hardware.

So, the nice thing of it, is that it doesn't limit you to SNES alone, but obviously, it doesn't accept any cartridges. At least: not yet. But I wouldn't be surprised at all, if some kind of add-on will be produced, somewhere in the near future, for purists like us.

But as I mentioned in my first reply, and like AtariBoy also said, in your case it's probably better to just wait for a resupply/restock.

I'll just leave these explanatory videos here, just in case you still want to have some more info on the MiSTer box...

Side note: most of these videos discuss and show only the PCB board itself, but a lot of shops sell it complete with a casing, so it just looks like a rectangular plastic box, with inputs, just like the thumbnail of the first video that I posted in comment #3.

And in closing, I'll also leave this link:
https://www.retrorgb.com/mister.html

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Tasuki

Just a minor update I managed to ask Analogue on Twitter what's going on with the Super NT. They replied that they due to lockdowns they saw a huge response in sales and didn't expect it to sell out as quick as it did. The only one that has been discontinued is the clear one but the others should be in stock shortly. So I guess I will just wait.

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@Tasuki I would definitely recommend the Super NT from Analogue. I have one and it is amazing Hopefully they come back in stock again soon for you. I am currently waiting for my NT Noir which got pushed back from from July to November now.

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Tasuki

@Ryno Yeah I recently purchased the Mega SG and I love it so I am expecting the same out of the Super NT. I have read from several places that they were going to do another run of the Super NT in June but it looks like due to the NT Noir being pushed back due to the pandemic, it pushed the Super NT back as well. So I am guessing probably not till early next year.

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Tasuki

Well with their pocket Analogue getting pushed back as well it looks like the Super NT won't get restocked anytime soon. Very disappointed about it as it looks like I won't be able to play my SNES collection anytime soon.

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Tasuki

Well Analogue had some Super NT for sale this morning. I got to sit in a checkout que for 30 minutes to be told they are sold out. I am done. Looks like I am going through a scalper to get one.

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I've used a Retron 3 before, and it seemed ok, but not great. It plays most, but not all, SNES, NES, and Genesis games. I didn't have any issues with the NES or Genesis games, but some of the SNES games had some sound glitches, mainly Lufia 1. Also, I had to slam Spawn into the console to get it to read, although that could have been an issue with the cart. I don't think it did that on my SNES though. It also gripped the SNES games very tightly, so I was afraid of breaking the Retron when I pulled them out.

The IR controller included was pretty bad as well. It would lag, making games like Sonic 2 hard, and you had to point it at the console like a TV remote to get it to register. It was in the shape of a 6 button Genesis controller, so that meant that L/R were on the face of the controller for SNES games. And for some really stupid reason, the developers decided to flip A/B for all consoles, including Genesis! This makes since for Nintendo, but not Genesis since the controller layout is the same there. The good news is that you can plug in official controllers and at least the SNES controllers seem to work fine (I didn't have the other console's to test). Donkey Kong Country seemed to be lag free compared to the actual SNES on the same TV, although the TV was causing lag on its own for all retro systems. Unfortunately, you can't use the official controllers for other systems, so you'd have to have NES controllers, and not just use the SNES controllers for NES games.

It outputs Red/White/Yellow.

Overall, if you can get the official controllers, and don't have an incompatible game you want to play, it works. I considered getting one myself, but I realized that there were no NES or Genesis games I wanted (that haven't been remade at least), so I ended up getting an official SNES instead.

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