Play All Your Retro Games in 12 in 1 Gaming Console Retro Freak

Retro Freak International Release

The impressive 12 in 1 gaming console Retro Freak has finally been released in Europe exclusively through retro game retailer Funstock.co.ukΒ at a retail price of Β£169.99 ($208.54) for the standard version! Developed by Japanese company CYBERGadget, Retro Freak supports physical cartridges from 12 retro video game systems: PC engine, TruboGrafix-16, Super Grafx, NES, Famicom, SNES, Super Famicom, SEGA Genesis, SEGA Mega Drive, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance. In addition, games can be installed to an SD card to be played off the console without the need of a cartridge, meaning you don’t have to be constantly swapping out cartridges or cluttering up your living room with the aftermath of your latest gaming session. To put it mildly, I’m very intrigued!

A 12 in 1 gaming console like Retro Freak would not only great for long-time gaming fans and collectors, but folks like me who are only just now starting to get into some of the earlier classics. For example, I don’t have a Famicom, but when a brand new Famicom cartridge full of rad chiptune music came out in 2016, I just had to make sure I got a copy. I just don’t have anything to play it on! With the Retro Freak, I’d not only have the ability to play games for systems that I’ve never owned, but the Game Boy support means I could play my many Japanese Game Boy Advance cartridges on the big screen, too!

Retro Freak 12 in 1 gaming console

In addition to supporting 12 retro game consoles, the Retro Freak offers advanced emulator options such as save states and filters, support for up to 5 controllers, and even screenshot functionality! While the system comes with one retro-style USB controller, you can also plug in other commercially available controllers such as the PS4 controller if you prefer.

As retro cartridges age, you’ll eventually no longer be able to save to the cartridge unless you change the internal battery, so the Retro Freak also has the ability to save data directly to the system even if the the back-up battery of the cartridge has been exhausted! Games are also converted to 720p for a crisp image on modern televisions, so you don’t need to have an old CRT TV lying around for a nice retro gaming experience. There are even more functions that I haven’t covered, so be sure to check out the full breakdown at Funstock!

Retro Freak upscaling to 720p

If this post sounds overwhelmingly positive, that’s because I’m honestly blown away by all the functions included in a single Retro Freak device! I’ve been wanting to get into collecting retro games for systems I never owned back in the day, but the thought of needing to purchase all of the original hardware and playing them on our giant HD TV has turned me off to the whole endeavor. The Retro Freak seems like a great solution for people looking to dust off their retro library or those like me who want to get into collecting! If that sounds up your alley, you can order yours at Funstock.co.uk, as they not only ship throughout Europe, but internationally, as well.

Have you every tried the Retro Freak or other multi-console retro device, or would you like to? Share your thoughts in the comments!

About Anne Lee

Also known as apricotsushi. Anne can be written with the kanji for apricot (杏), and sushi was the most quintessentially Japanese thing I could think of when I was 13, resulting in my goofy, albeit memorable, nickname.

  • stripmahjong

    I’ve had a Retro Freak for a while; I think about a year? It’s a good little system that, for the most part, does what it says it does and I think it’s probably the best emulation console on the market at the moment. It has also been pretty well supported with CyberGadget releasing several (free) updates for it since release. You can also buy an additional adapter to bump up the number of playable systems to fifteen (adding Game Gear, Sega Mark 3 & SG-1000). I think it’s also worth noting that the USB controller it comes with is actually surprisingly decent and probably satisfactory for most people if they don’t care about using the original controllers.

    Original controllers is the one asterisk that I think I should mention, though. The controller adapter it comes with (in the “premium” package) is very finicky and, in my experience, does not play well with 3rd party controllers. So if you want to use original controllers with this system, make sure you have/get the ORIGINAL-original controllers (actually made by Nintendo, Sega, etc). I’ve never had trouble with the originals working properly. The only 3rd party controllers I’ve gotten to work are the SNES controllers made by Cirka and 8Bitdo (using 8Bitdo’s bluetooth SNES “retro receiver” plugged into the Retro Freak’s controller adapter). I’ve also had some issues with the SNES and GBA cartridge slots not always wanting to work, but I was able to fix those issues on my own (and I am NOT a techie person) and they don’t seem to be regular/known issues based on the searches I did when looking for solutions online, so I don’t think that should be cause for concern.

    Oh, and there is always the possibility that not ALL of your games will work on the system, but that’s the case with all emulation consoles. For what it’s worth, I’ve only come across one so far (Jurassic Park on SNES). I think the “big one” that all emulation consoles have trouble with is Castlevania 3 on NES. I’ve put some pretty rare and/or oddball games into this thing and had them work fine, though. Even if it can’t “recognize” the game, it will ask if you want to try playing it anyway and it may work regardless (I can confirm it does this with Road Rash on Genesis). You can even download it onto an SD card like this and still have it work without the cartridge.

    So yeah, like I said it’s an overall great little system and I would definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a space-saving solution that makes playing retro titles a heckuvalot easier on a modern TV, which is what stopped me from getting into the retro scene for a long time, too. πŸ™‚

    (holy crap this became way longer than I originally intended it to be! Sorry about the wall of text >< )

    • Wow thank you so much for all the info!! It’s really great to hear more about it from someone who owns one. I’ve always been interested in these kind of all-in-one consoles.

      I would really love to hear about how it looks and sounds on modern TVs – is it really as good as the info makes it sound?!

      The only problem with getting one of these is it would open up a whole new realm of spending (i.e collecting old games) that I probably shouldn’t put my wallet through right now XD;;

      • stripmahjong

        My pleasure! Happy to share my experience.

        Yes, I think the Retro Freak looks and sounds great on modern TVs and connecting it is as simple as just plugging the HDMI cable in, so no need to deal with out-of-date connections or plugging wires into other wires or adapters or any of that.

        Actually, let me clarify that a little bit: it looks and sounds great if you are a fan of the clean & crisp retro look. If you’re looking for the RF to emulate the appearance of a CRT, it won’t do that, so I suppose it depends on what you’re looking for. It does offer the option to turn on scanlines (which I personally use) and has a handful of other filter options (which I personally don’t use), but it’s all pretty simplistic, even by emulator standards. It works well enough for me, though. πŸ™‚

        And yeah, jumping down the retro rabbit hole can be kind of addicting and a drain on your wallet if you’re not careful. XD It is a lot of fun, though. I’ve found quite a few shops around where I live that carry used electronics and going out hunting for old cartridges has become a hobby unto itself for me. Even more fun with a friend!

        • I don’t think I’m a purest when it comes to how retro games look on a CRT, so it sounds like it would definitely do the job for my purposes! Having access to cheap retro games in Japan when I go later this year is going to be extra dangerous…