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Retro Freak console

The Retro Freak is a multi-system game console, released in 2016 by CYBER Gadget in Japan. It could play games directly from cartridges or in their ROM form by using an microSD card. The console also acts a ROM and SRAM dumper, but it is usable only from the system that is dumped, meaning that cannot be used in other Retro Freak consoles or emulators.


The Retro Freak can emulate the following systems:

  1. Family Computer (known as Nintendo Entertainment System overseas)
  2. Super Famicom (known as Super Nintendo Entertainment System overseas)
  3. Mega Drive (known as Genesis in North America)
  4. PC Engine (known as TurboGrafx-16 in North America)
  5. PC Engine SuperGrafx
  6. Game Boy Advance (including backwards compatibility with Game Boy Color, Super Game Boy exclusive features and the original Game Boy)

With adapters, the system can play also:

  1. Nintendo Entertainment System cartridge format (both NTSC and PAL versions, a generic adapter could be used)
  2. Sega Mark III / Sega Master System (Gold and Silver Cartridges + My Card Mark III / Sega Card through Mega Adaptor / Power Base Converter or Retro Freak Gear Converter)
  3. Sega Game Gear (with Retro Freak Gear Converter)
  4. SG-1000 / Othello Multivision (both Cartridge and Sega My Card formats with Retro Freak Gear Converter)

The system has three USB ports and include an adapter that enable the user to play with the following controller ports:

  1. Nintendo Entertainment System / AV Famicom (7-pin)
  2. Genesis / Mega Drive (9-pin, Atari standard)
  3. TurboGrafx-16 / PC Engine (8-pin DIN)
  4. Super Nintendo Entertainment System / Super Famicom (7-pin)
  5. Family Computer (15-pin)

It also accepts USB controllers, the DualShock 3 and 4 are confirmed. Bluetooth controllers can work if they support USB mode, such as the 8bitdo ones.

Controversy with libretro[]

In November 30, 2017, it was revealed that Retro Freak used emulation cores from libretro [1], which is used as part of RetroArch. The emulator cores from libretro are protected by GPL, which means that a hardware cannot be sold with software under them. However, CyberGadget bypassed this rule. Nobody did known about the use of RetroArch in the hardware, but CyberGadget did put the source of their cores in their own website, all dated around 2015. The source package contained a unmodified copy of Snes9x 2010 (previously called as Snes9x Next, which was a high-speed version of Snes9x 1.52 port for PlayStation 3) and other cores as well:

  • FCEUmm (NES / Famicom Disk System)
  • Genesis Plus GX (Sega 8 and 16-bit systems)
  • Bettle SGX (TurboGrafx-16 / SuperGrafx)
  • VBA-M (Game Boy / Color / Advance)