by Steven B. Combs, Ph.D. tags: games - console - 8 bit - handhelds - review
In my last handheld gaming console post, I continue to describe my Amazon Prime day 2021 experience and the purchase of four retro handheld gaming consoles. The third handheld was the FateFan 500 handheld gaming console. In this video I look at the TRIMUI/Powkiddy A66. Spoiler alert: I LOVE THIS HANDHELD!!!
I chose four different handheld game units that range in price from $10 to $50. I had ≈$120 of affiliate funds that became my budget for this experiment (Thanks to everyone who supports the blog and the YouTube channel!). These include:
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In the conclusion of my four part retro-computing handheld series, I open the box, power up, and play games on the “TRIMUI Handheld Games Console with 4000+ Classical Games, Super Mini Retro Games Console Arcade, Mini Retro Gaming Player 2.0” IPS, Powkiddy A66 Portable Video Game Console 600MA(Gray)”. At the end of the companion video, I compare this unit to the previous three.
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Each unit has unique features, and I found it difficult to compare them without a table. My table is in the embedded Google Sheet below or view directly by clicking here.
The Amazon Prime Day price was $55.99 compared to the normal price of $69.99. The unit is unique in that several colors are available. I choose green to distinguish it from the red LiNKFOR from the last post. I was excited about this model, despite the form-factor, because of the number of games (which you will soon find it a bait and switch), large second controller, and interesting layout of the controller (which I will be sorry for later). Let’s open the box, turn on, and try out this latest purchase.
Watch the companion video below and then continue to read my thoughts on this device.
00:00 - Video introduction 01:09 - Bumper 01:19 - Unboxing 02:40 - Hardware 03:30 - Power on 04:00 - User's manual 04:48 - Change UI language 05:00 - User interface demo 07:18 - First game demo (Altered Space) 08:24 - Galaxy Fight demo 10:18 - Galaga 12:02 - Darkstalker 13:09 - Tear down 15:56 - OpenTyrain 17:17 - Compare the four devices 23:08 - Donkey Kong (GB) 23:50 - Concluding thoughts
This is the second unit I look at that has the Gameboy’s vertical form factor, in other words, the hand cramper! I still don’t like it after two units.
There are far too many titles included with this unit to list, thanks to NES support. There we many popular retro games ported to the NES.
Things to like about the TRIMUI/Powkiddy A66 include:
Things to improve the Powkiddy A66 include:
Processor is not powerful for 3D games on more modern emulators; however, I’m looking for an 8-Bit pocket gamer. This is not an issue for me.
POWKIDDY A66 business card type mini console Exquisite and fashionable appearance. it is a good gift. Happy time for you
That concludes my look at the Powkiddy A66. Time to compare to the three previous units and make recommendations.
The TRIMUI/Powkiddy A66 is the clear winner of the four. Including several game emulators makes it a natural for on-the-go gaming and optional third-party firmware may put this on a par with my RetroFlag GPi case but in a smaller horizontal form factor. This is likely to become my new go to companion gaming device if the other firmware provides the listed Commodore and Atari 2600 support.
HARDWARE TIP: Press and hold SELECT and then tap the LEFT (lower) and RIGHT (raise) shoulder buttons to control volume. Hold START and tap shoulder buttons to modify screen brightness.
In second place is the Great Boy. If you want a simple, affordable device that includes popular retro game titles; this is a good purchase. Including joystick and game pad provides good game controls, and this unit has the largest screen of the bunch. Although tiny, the additional controller even allows two person play. I recommend this unit and believe it will put a smile on both young and old retro game fans.
As for the LiNKFOR and FateFan, skip them; especially the FateFan. If you are looking for an inexpensive, NES form factor unit that includes an additional controller for two person play, the LiNKFOR is the one to choose from the two. The duplication of games is less prevalent and the on-device controls are better than the FateFan.
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