M-S Posted July 9, 2022 Share Posted July 9, 2022 Recently I've seen a lot of people that seem to think that NES clones are either a perfect FPGA recreation or a cheap NOAC with screwed up audio, but during these last two years a lot of good clones have appeared, but before talk about that I'm going classify clones by the type of hardware inside of them: Full hardware clones: Mostly made by companies in countries that didn't had received the NES officially, these had components for each chip inside the NES, so compatibility was high, and sometimes the quality was better than the product it was based on, since Nintendo just assembled it in Japan, but the components were made in China. NES-on-a-chip: This is where the bad perception that people have on Famiclones come from, wrong color palette, bad audio, hollow carcass with just some components inside, not all of them are bad, but most are. FPGA recreations: As of now, the only two examples are the AVS and the Analogue NT, these are very expensive and hard to find, but claim to be 100% compatible with anything you throw at them. So, back to the what I was saying, recently there have been a huge amount of hardware clones that have a lot more quality than the products sold by the likes of Hyperkin and Retro-bit, the only problem is that they are sold almost exclusively by Chinese companies without a name or a brand. First there are the Zoga and a generic one that mimics the Famicom, both having a good compatibility but with not all games tested, and there's a full hardware clone called Coolbaby RS-40, a clone that's PAL but can be modified to NTSC, there are also some variations of the first 2 ones, like one that is a 2-in-1 with the SNES and a portable one. I could spend a lot of time saying what works and what doesn't, but I'm going to sum it up to: each one of these clones have their own features, but there isn't one that has everything yet, but what is here shows that a perfect clone could exist without the use of an expensive FPGA, and that any of these problems will probably be solved with each hardware revision, because even if it's a gray Chinese market, these companies are trying to improve their products, some of these clones even have wireless controllers and HDMI ports. So, what does a clone needs to be on the same level of FPGA products? 1. Region switch 2. Compatibility with cartridges that have sound chips or extra hardware inside. 3. Compatibility with games that usually don't work on other clones or emulation. 4. Famicom expansion port, not essential but I included it here anyways, it was mostly used for things related to sound or the BASIC keyboard. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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