Best Handheld Emulator Machine

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  1. ToonGoomba
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    Besides the 3DS, PSP, and smart phone, whats the best custom made handheld that is capable of running NES, SNES, Genesis, and maybe even N64? I would like something that is flashy and about the size of a GBA, but with a much nicer screen and affordable. Any suggestions? Or should I just build my own Raspberry Pi handheld...? (If I build my own, I will need a VERY detailed guide as I am no good at wiring)
     
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    PSP is always the clear winner in this, despite you saying you don't want it lol. A Vita can do everything a PSP can do, has a nicer screen, and more options. You could also invest in an Android tablet, or one of those fancy GPD things, but they're pretty expensive. What do you have against PSP/3DS anyway? I honestly think they're the best suited for what they cost.
     
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    Honestly, I just think the 3DS is a bit too bulky. The PSP would be nice, but...I would want to modify it a lot to make it not look like a Sony device.
     
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    If you want to go though that mess, you should just build a raspberry pi handheld and make it one of a kind. You're being extremely specific here. :wtf:
     
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    Nvidia Shield Portable. Since it's intended to be a game console in the first place, and runs on android, it makes thing as easy as it can get by simply installing a app and playing a rom, you can take it with you anywhere or plug it into your tv and use another controller as well. Of course the shield tablet is a little better with the Tegra K1 compared to Tegra 4, means it has some enhancements. Still both are good depending on the person. You want something that looks like a portable console, then that is it.
     
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    I’ve gotten so much enjoyment out of the PSPs over the past few years. The various models seem to emulate 85% of my favorites with ease.
    I’ve never had a save slip or lost any data, either.

    Speaking of, is there a preferred chip brand, a best-of-the-best?
     
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    Psp is easily the best, cheapest emulator machine. It has a wide range of games for it's own library and can play a damn lot of old systems too.

    Though once the Switch is fully opened and people start unlocking it's full power, it'll be very possible for it to take pole position, but there's always going to be a place for the holy psp.
     
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    Not exactly sure what you have against Sony devices (a logo is just a logo), but I do see what you mean about the 3DS being a tad bulky, though.

    Ultimately, it comes up to preference. All devices can emulate the NES, SNES, and Genesis fairly well, so if you only care about those games, then just go with whatever you feel like. I feel that the PSP/PS Vita has an edge over the 3DS in terms of emulation (thanks to semi-native PS1 support and to the MIPS architecture making N64 emulation feasible at all, in addition to better GBA Emulattion support), but the 3DS certainly isn't a bad emulation device, and is still able to play a wide variety of games from all sorts of devices.

    Another thing you should probably keep in mind is that each system I listed above has it's own set of games. Depending on your taste, you may find yourself leaning towards the 3DS's library, or towards the PSP/PS Vita's library.

    You could, as @DKB pointed out, just 3D Print a case and wire together a Raspberry Pi with a screen, then load RetroPie and all your ROMs onto an SD Card. I'd recommend the Raspberry Pi 3 for this; that little sucker can emulate systems all the way up to the Dreamcast and PSP. Going this route requires that you have some knowledge about soldering and at least some basic experience with Linux, FTP Servers, etc., etc.

    You could also just get something along the lines of a GPD XD. It runs on Android and, thus, can use all Android emulators. You can even play some nice Android ports of older titles on it (Sonic 1, 2, CD, and Crazy Taxi come to mind).

    The answer isn't as simple as it seems. You kind of have to weigh these strengths and weaknesses when picking your handheld.
     
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    Or you can get a GPD XD.
     
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    This doesn't answer your question but:

    Hypothetically, an e-ink screen like a kindle, but with a dedicated keyboard and an indiglo backlighting system that only plays interactive fiction.

    Or a system that mimics the look and style of retro lcd games but can be fully detailed to play full on games in a minamalist package.
     
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    Chinese Android devices aren't all that great. A K1 Tablet would be better and more reliable.
     
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    Hey, that's actually pretty good for the price.
     
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    Just finally bought epsxe for my k1 tablet. It’s so nice.
     
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    Indeed, the K1 tablet is very nice :P
     
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    N3DSXL is the one and only for 8-16 bit emulation :)
     
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    Nvidia Shield Portable?
     
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    I can vouch for the Shield Portable. I used to have one and even emulated Dreamcast nearly perfectly. Used it to play NES, SNES, GB, GBA, Genesis, PS1, and Dreamcast.
     
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    I am going with my PSP as the clear winner on this one. I've used the 3DS, DS, and Dingoo for my portable emulation and none of them even compare to the PSP. The closest to the PSP has been the 3DS, but lack of good PS1 emulation really holds it back for me.
     
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