Alternatively, users can plug in the Retro Champ into a TV using the HDMI port located on the back of the device to play their retro games on the big screen. Of course, you’ll want a controller for this type of play and users can connect this system to one of My Arcade’s wireless controllers like the SuperPad—which didn’t add any discernible lag to me.
I got to play with the Retro Champ and it felt like the perfect blast from the past. Strider felt as fast and responsive as it did on its native platform.
Now, the 7-inch screen on the retro champ will never hold a candle to a real CRT TV, but it displayed the vivid neon colors and deep blacks of Strider perfectly. Likewise, this portable only comes with a tiny pair of stereo speakers, but they do more than a serviceable job of playing back your favorite 8-bit tunes from the 80’s and early 90’s.
Then it only takes a few seconds to pop out the Nintendo cartridge and throw in a Famicom game to get the Japanese Nintendo experiences that never came to the United States. Sadly, you can’t keep both cartridges in at the same time, but the simplicity of switching between the two different platforms is nice.
In terms of battery life, the Retro Champ has an internal rechargeable battery that will last just about as long as a Nintendo Switch with 3-5 hours of run time depending on the game you’re playing. Tetris probably won’t be a terrible energy hog, but we don’t imagine you’ll be able to play something more processor and graphics-intensive quite as long.
The Retro Champ will be releasing later this month for $79.
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Kevin Lee is IGN’s Hardware and Roundups Editor. Follow him on Twitter @baggingspam