Dingoo a-320 Console Review
The Dingoo a-320 Micro Game Station is a Chinese pocket console for retro gaming. It comes packed with emulators that allow gamers to play games from NES, SNES, GBA and more. While it is primarily used to play games illegally (Nintendo games downloaded online), there are games both published by Dingoo and indie developers available legally. Plus there’s the fact that 99% of the people who want to play NES games are nostalgic gamers who have probably bought the game more than once.
The system is generally easy to use, however can have some difficulties with Windows Vista and Windows 7. Often with these operating systems it has trouble connecting through USB. Luckily there is an easy solution to this, the Mini SD slot. While Mini SD cards aren’t very popular in North America, getting one (or an adapter for a Micro SD card) is very cheap (thanks to eBay and China). Getting a reader for a Mini SD card is as simple as going to a local dollar store.
The selection of file types you can play with the pre-loaded emulators is also really good. You can also add more emulators from the Unofficial Support Site.
Once you’ve loaded some games on the console, using it is even better than using your NES. The quick menu gives you the option to “Save State” which will save the exact moment of your game, no matter what game or what’s going on. Because, let’s be honest everyone got pissed when they died fighting a boss and had to start the whole fucking stage over again. Sometimes the d-pad won’t react quite perfectly and might even get you killed. But if I remember correctly, my NES controller did that to me too.
If you really enjoyed your NES, SNES or other classic console, or if you travel a lot and want something to play Tetris on, you’ll probably enjoy this system.
Final Score 4.5/5