Inspect-a-Gadget is a monthly segment where we feature a tech toy our editors have been playing with.
Modern video game systems are masterpieces of hardware, packing photorealistic graphics in a seamless online-offline package. This is not that.
The Twilight Retro Box instead has a distinct DIY feel, with the on-off button on the actual power cord and a mini-SD card visible from the back. But hook up the Xbox 360 controllers and it does what’s promised: 400 games of retro goodness, all packed into something slightly larger than your palm.
Emulated systems include the Sega Megadrive, Nintendo classic, Super Nintendo and an arcade emulator.
Remember that favorite game you poured hours into as a child? Chances are the Twilight Retro Box has it, though we were disappointed by the lack of Nintendo 64 games, specifically The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (aka – the greatest game of the 90s).
Controls are responsive, though the system offered us a share of baffling moments – for instance pushing A and B at the same time will ‘insert coin’ in the arcade emulator, though we didn’t know this until we checked instructions from the manufacturer.
The system is heavily customizable, though that means interacting with a DOS-like menu screen, again, D to IY.
If you’re looking for bleeding edge graphics and want to keep up with the latest releases, this is not for you. Instead, it’s about sentimental bouts of Mortal Kombat between millennials.
For who: nostalgic gamers
How much: RMB700 to RMB1,100 depending on games
Sold where: WeChat (twilightretro)
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