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Arkanoid Arcade FPGA Core for MiSTer by Ace

Last month Ace joined me on a live-stream to reveal a preview of his impressive new FPGA core for MiSTer, Arkanoid (1986) Arcade. The core is now publicly released after a very long development cycle that required transposing several PCBs of real arcade hardware (a mix of arcade PCBs, old ICs, and other soft-core donors) […]

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PC Engine/CD/TurboGrafx-16 & Sega Dreamcast 240p Test Suite Updates by Artemio

Artemio released updates to the PC Engine/PC Engine CD/TurboGrafx-16 and Dreamcast 240p Test Suites. PC Engine/Turbografx 16 Release 1.05 24/02/2019 (Super CD-ROM2, CD-ROM2 and HuCard) – Added 256, 320, 352 and 512 resolutions to Checkerboard – Added 352×240 resolution to Grid and Checkerboard (R-Type) – Added internal Horizontal resolution setup functions, skipping HUC defaults – […]

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PC Engine Mercurius UNIT: Handheldized PCE

Ton-chi-ki.blogspot.com posted an overview of the PC Engine Mercurius, a PC Engine turned handheld. Functionally equivalent to a TurboExpress (AKA PC Engine GT), it features a 3D printed case, built in controller, and 4:3 RGB LCD (LCDDRV). With the exception of being extremely wide and probably very uncomfortable to use in practice, it is a […]

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Racketboy’s MiSTer Omnibus Article

Racketboy contacted several people involved with MiSTer asked them to contribute to an in-depth article he wrote about the MiSTer FPGA Multi-Platform Console. It’s very well done and offers exciting views of what lies ahead, the state of things now, and it also works as a great introduction to FPGA-based hardware emulation in contrast to […]

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SD2SNES PRO: More Details From Ikari

Questions poured in after my interview with Ikari about the SD2SNES Pro (AKA SD2SNES MK.III), and he was kind enough to answer them all. He also shared new photos of his SD2SNES Pro prototype units. Below is a transcript of our conversation. SmokeMonster: Thanks again for joining me for the video. Could I ask a […]

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3D Printed Rotary Controller – Competition Pro Spinner: GhettoBillGates Remix

GhettoBillGates has released a DIY package for building your own high-quality arcade rotary controller AKA “spinner” for games like Arkanoid. His design files include the 3D printable case and a parts list of easily obtainable components, with links. It’s USB and emulates a mouse X axis and left-click, perfect for emulators and MiSTer. It will […]

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$7 Atari 2600 CX-40 Tactile Switch Drop-In Replacement PCB

Osgeld’s Mod Shop is selling $7 drop-in replacement PCBs for the famous, but now much-maligned Atari 2600 CX-40 Joystick, making it clicky and tactile with real C&K microswitches, with no other modding required. The first batch is sold out but you can sign up on the site to be notified when they are restocked. https://osgeld.fwscart.com/CX-40_Atari_2600_Tactile_Switch_Drop_In_Replacement_PCB/p5988195_19269795.aspx […]

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Playstation Classics Spotted at Wal-Mart for $25

Brooklyn Video Games posted a picture that appears to show Wal-Mart clearing out Playstation Classic consoles for $25. Although no one has confirmed the deal yet. I’ve been intrigued by the PS Classic since it was first revealed to be nothing more than an extremely weak software-emulation platform based on PCSX. Almost any phone can […]