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Still Got SNES And Genesis Game Cartridges? Play them on Linux with 'Retrode 2'

Retrode 2 can turn your Linux box into a retro gaming machine. The little black box allows you to play all your good old SNES and Genesis games legally on your PC.

What is this thing and How it works?

Retrode 2 is a USB adapter for classic 16 bit video games. It includes dual cartridge reader ports and supports original game controllers. 

All you need to do is connect this to your PC via USB, install an emulator (available in most distributions' repositories) and go on some role playing with Dragon Quest.

Main Specifications
  • Cartridge slots for Sega Genesis/MD and Nintendo SNES/SFC games
  • 2×2 ports for Sega and SNES controller
  • USB 2.0 Full-Speed composite device for driverless operation under any OS, using any emulator
  • Expandable using plug-in adapters
  • Dimensions and weight: 162mm x 80mm x 42mm, 200g (6.4″ x 3.2″ x 1.7″, 0.4lbs)
  • Includes USB cable and instruction sheet

Retrode 2 is priced at $85 and is currently available for pre-orders. The shipments will most likely begin on January 23.


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