AVS Wireless Controller – 3D Printed NES Case For Sale

Greg has just listed his 3D-printed replacement shell for the RetroUSB AVS NES controller on Laserbear.net:  https://laserbear.net/shop?olsPage=products%2Fretrousb-wireless-gamepad-traditional-controller-shell&page=3 The design was previously available for people to download on Thingiverse, but this is the first time Greg’s officially selling them on his website.  As a note:  This is only the replacement case and does not include the controller! The […]

Super Mario 64’s Smoke Effect Bug Fixed After 24 Years

When Mario catches fire in Super Mario 64, black smoke pours from his rear end, along with a heavy smattering of black garbage pixels. This is due to a mistake in the game code that displays the texture in the wrong format. The black pixels should actually be transparent. The bug went largely unnoticed for […]

Weekly Roundup #193

Here’s this week’s roundup!  An audio-only version, is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify and for direct-download:  http://www.retrorgb.com/podcast/?name=2020-03-18_193.mp3 Video available on YouTube (above), LBRY and Bitchute:  Please consider signing up as a supporter!  Either hit Join, tip or pledge on this video, or sign up through the following services:  https://www.floatplane.com/channel/RobertNeal  / https://www.patreon.com/retrorgb   T-Shirts:  https://www.retrorgb.com/store.html All equipment […]

Testing The BKM-129x Replacement Board

I was able to test an open-source project that provides a homebrew replacement for the Sony BKM-129x RGB/YPbPr input card used in select Sony BVM monitors:  The BVM D9H & D14H and the PVM 9L2. & 20L5 (secondary slot).  This card was made by reverse-engineering the original and using an Arduino Nano to emulate the […]

How The PS1’s Security Was Defeated

Modern Vintage Gamer recently released a video that explains how the original PlayStaytion’s security was defeated and how the discs themselves were left mostly unencrypted. The story is more complicated than “people used a swap trick” though, with MVG detailing how the security functions worked and how it related to the technology of the era.  […]

Xbox 1.4 GHz interposer board by Kekule

Original Xbox modder and product designer/developer Kekule has been on a quest, for quite some time, to reverse engineer the interposer board that was installed along the upgraded CPU in the Friendtech DreamX consoles that were briefly sold in the early-mid 2000s. When the Xbox homebrew scene exploded shortly after the release of the console, […]

Next-gen Xbox will further enhance OG Xbox titles

In a story that blends next-gen and retro gaming, Microsoft has confirmed more details regarding the future of its backwards compatibility efforts with Xbox Series X. For a feature produced by the team at Digital Foundry, Microsoft demonstrated an OG Xbox title running at sixteen times its original rendering resolution with HDR output on its new […]

RetroTINK 2x SCART and Pro Firmware Updates

Mike Chi has just released another firmware update for his RetroTINK line of products, making this the second update in about a week!  The new features in this firmware are for the 2x Pro and 2x SCART devices.  Additions are as follows: Improved DVI-only detection CVBS Luma gain in ‘Auto’ mode now works more like a […]

Vextreme up for sale by GameTechUS

In late 2019, SmokeMonster covered a back-then newly-started open source Vectrex rom-cart project by Rattboi and Technobly, labeled Vextreme. The developers got initially inspired by Spritesmod’s unreleased Vectrex Extreme cart and decided to carry on with the original concept and eventually turn it into a mature releasable product. Jason from GameTechUS stepped in and produced […]

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