WEEKLY DOSE OF GAMING NEWS: Anbernic RG35XX, GKD Plus Classic, & Gundam Wing x Higround
The holidays are just around the corner—and that begs the question: have you been naughty or nice? Either way, it’s only right to treat yourself, especially when there’s a whole lot of retro goodness going around.
That being said, we’re switching things up this week. We’re taking a break from games because we got a few gift-worthy gaming consoles that you might want to give away—or maybe keep for yourself.
Definitely for yourself.
The Anbernic RG35XX has been getting a bit of hype over the past few months and is looking to be one of the smaller, yet reliable handheld consoles released this year. Going up against the Miyoo Mini that came out in May, it’s quite the last-minute competitor.
The perfect portable companion for anyone who digs Game Boy and SNES emulation on the go.
It rocks a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9, a PowerVR SGX544MP GPU, 256MB of DDR3 RAM, a very nice 3.5-inch IPS display, and a 2100 mAh battery that gets up to 5 hours of playtime.
It runs exclusively on Linux, but we might be getting other options in the future. As for connectivity, it comes with a sweet HDMI output, so you can go big and just slap it onto your TV. A very nice way to spend the next few weeks of downtime. If you actually have any downtime.
As of now, the Anbernic RG35XX is priced at $55.99 USD, which isn’t bad. Definitely worth slapping onto your wishlist…after you see what else we have today.
GKD is a mainstay handheld brand to look out for in the console gaming sphere. Sure, they’re not as popular as their contemporaries, but that’s because they take time to produce neat-o stuff. Enter the GKD Plus Classic.
It’s a compelling flanker for any Game Boy-Esque console, and it’s slowly picking up steam on Kickstarter.
As for specs, it also sports a 3.5-inch IPS Display with tempered Glass, a 1.8 gigahertz RK3566 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and an excellent and big 3000MAH Battery. It will support WiFi and Bluetooth as all handhelds should, and connects via-USB C—as well, as all handhelds should.
This looks to be a more premium version of the GKD Mini launched way back last year, and they’ve since given it a bigger chassis. In terms of emulation, the 1GB of RAM makes sure everything runs smoothly. While it MIGHT struggle on more high-end PSP games, it’s adequate enough if you wish to delve into anything else that’s retro, like the Sega Dreamcast.
While it’s only $159 on Kickstarter, it might be shipping out at $279, which, let’s admit, is a pretty hefty price. But it’s still pretty early into the campaign, and a lot could change. For what it’s worth, this could make for a great “Merry Christmas IOU” gift.
We step away from consoles altogether, but not from retro itself. Last, but not least, we have a little something that could check all those old-school geeky boxes—gamers, hobbyists, and even anime enthusiasts.
Lifestyle and gaming accessory brand Higround (high ground) have a sweet collab with Bandai Namco America that’ll tug on those nostalgic heartstrings. Remember Gundam Wing? They got keyboards now. Not just caps, but the entire fricking board.
We’re getting nice 65% keebs decked out with iconic Gundam Wing artwork for both the Basecamp 65 lineup and the ever-popular Summit 65 flagship.
They come with premium dual-silicone dampening foam, a hot-swappable PCB, as well as pre-lubed linear TTC White Flame switches. A nice touch for retro gamers who also mind the aesthetics.
The Higround Gundam Wing collection is now available on their official website. They’re available for 60 USD. As for the Basecamp, it goes for 145 USD, with the Summit priced at 300 USD.
No better way to clickity-clack your way through the holiday.
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