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  1. MY Front loader no question... After a RGB mod (To a Nintendo Multi-out, giving better composite, S-video and RGB SCART) and a Stereo mod (with just a little mix, it sound epic). Took a LOT of work but, dam it looks and sounds amazing through my Framemeister. The front loader was the first system I used and had for the longest time. So no question it would be my choice and why I HAD to find a way to get the best possible picture out of it..
  2. Pretty much. Well, maybe a little longer. The COVID-19 thing has made video game prices skyrocket. A simple $300 Nintendo Switch was going for $500 plus, Classic $1-5 games are going for $50-60+ and some people are paying it. It's getting harder and harder to find good lots for cheap money right now, UNLESS you do the yard sale type thing and get lucky. Once this all settles out, things WILL normalize, and prices will drop to where they should actually be. A lot of people will be losing their pockets because of this.. At least I finally got a Switch about 2 months ago, for $330 with 5 games in the boxes, I thought that was a really good deal... With a sealed Super Mario Bros going for 100K+, I guess that means my 20 or so not in the box are worth about $100 each ? Anyone ? LOL
  3. Another suggestion for a game to get lost in... Not really retro but, games with a good story, and some people even feel like they are playing a movie. I am referring to the Uncharted Series on the PS3 ( 1-3) and PS4 (4). I know this type of game is not everyone's cup of tea but, the story plays out like a hip modern day Indiana Jones and Naughty Dog really does well pulling the story across...and you can get lost in them...
  4. When I was in my teens, I put ads in the news paper (before internet days) about buying video games, I used to get 20+ 2600 games for like $3-5, and systems for under $10..and I had STACKS of systems... I got a ton of odd ball stuff back then... It's amazing the phone calls I would get about systems that people just wanted me to take... I really wish it was like that today... and not have to pay $20 for a single NES game like we see on Facebook or ebay...sigh..
  5. This is a hard discussion... Taking things like the NES for example on a modern TV (4K TV), it looks so bad it's almost unplayable even over composite. So after doing a RGB mod, and a Stereo mod, through a Framemeister, it looks epic (PIXEL PERFECT) but, all this comes with a large expense. I could get a PI 4, a NES to USB adapter, and a 32gb SD card, and I could get ALMOST the same quality if not better for a TON less money for NES games, never mind all the other systems it can do. In the US, we don't have SCART connections on any TV, so to get RGB, you would need a OSSC, Framemeister, or one of the other devices out there. So even systems that supported it, in the US your limited on outputs with out a scalller or something. Other consoles do not have RGB, or other type mods, so unless you can have a CRT sitting around (can't do for most people) it's not always about what is better, it's about what you can do. So, in a nut shell, Emulation can give you the best quality you can get for the least amount of money if you don't have these systems that are modded to see the best they can do.
  6. So, on your images showing the model 2 parts where to grab things... Can I grab video and audio with out any type of Amp or filter (going right to A/V jacks), or should I be putting something else in line ? Been wanting to play this system for a while but, with out a A/V jack so I can run it through my framemeister, it will look epically bad on my 4K tv...so I rather not even touch it till I can enjoy it a little...
  7. Still would like to find sticks for my Arcadia 2001 joysticks...
  8. Hi, I pulled out my LaserActive machine with a Sega Pac (Still looking for a "affordable" NEC pac as I have games I can't play) after sitting for years. After a LENS cleaning, When I play a Sega Laseractive game, it's flawless, same with a movie Laserdisc (well, as nice as composite can be), but, when I play a physical CART or a Sega CD, the colors are a mess. It's a very red background, and the colors are WAY off. Any idea on this on what could be the problem ? I tried a handful of games, it's not just THIS game. Like I said a Sega Laseractive game plays perfectly. This was one of my holy grails in gaming, I have owned this from retail release (it was a close out deal so I got a epic deal with a bunch of games) so I want to make sure she is running good but, I need to address this issue. Any idea ?
  9. If Mario 64 helped I would agree on the Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 for the Wii (very reasonable priced used and a Wii costs almost nothing today), epic games, then there is always Super Mario 3-D land for the WiiU, another epic Mario game. Also a 3DS as there is a bunch of mario games that are different.. True story, I didn't own a WiiU, and I was on the fence but, once I read that Mario 3-D land was coming from it, I got one right away. I LOVED the 3DS version... and had to play the WiiU version. I have been known through my life to buy a console for 1 game (normally after I buy it, I do get other games for it)...there has been a few over the years...
  10. I have a family member who is really into 3D printing, so it could be possible that I could get a set or 2 printed up but, I need a scan of them. Getting the correct brown "ink" could be a different battle but, It's a pain to play with out them so, even if they were off a little in color, I would enjoy to have a set... Truth be told, I have been thinking about building a 3D printer for this kind of stuff...
  11. Emulation was always better in a lot cases because the original systems lacked the good video outputs to give a really good picture. Take a NES, and connect it via composite (the max it can do video wise) and play some games on a MODERN TV, then take a PI with RetroPie with a NES controller connected via HDMI. It looks FAR better, the picture is so clear... the NES is so easy to emulate, a 10-15 year old PC could emulate it with out a problem, so a PI will do more than fine... Any system prior to the NES only really had RF... so yucky pictures were common place. I started doing RGB upgrades and got a Framemeister.... My NES done with a NESRGB kit with the stereo mod is pretty much pixel perfect on my 65" 4K TV.... complete game changer.. same with other systems...WOW..
  12. I have a really nice shape Arcadia 2001 with about 15-18 games. I have been looking for replacement sticks for years now. If someone can do a 3d print of them, I am all in. I'll take 2. I had them back in the 80's but, they got packed away and that is the last I saw of them... With all the 3rd parties who made this system back then around the world, I am kind of shocked there was never a replacement stick option ever sold...
  13. I know, right ? I'm a Huge Marble Madness fan from way back when... I even have an original Atari System 1 arcade cab with the Marble Madness kit (yes, the full arcade machine). I have been watching this story for many years now. The rumors, and the appearances of the few known full cabs. If this rom is released, i will be buying a kit so I can play it via MAME with a trackball. For me, it's one of those holy grail type things... It would be very big deal to have a copy of these roms to be able to FINALLY play it..
  14. Interested but, $100 is just too much for me...maybe when 2nd batch hits ?
  15. Oh, Everdrive 64... could be interested in that one....
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