The Supretro handheld has no only ruffled some feathers in the retro community but it has also been a questionable handheld that’s kind of came out of nowhere. The Supretro is created by Powkiddy, a Chinese brand that has created questionable handhelds in the past, many of them ripping off the Nintendo Switch, but after seeing this we can see that they are actually trying this time. But from what we can see it might not be sneaking into our best retro handhelds list anytime soon, but we have it arriving in the coming weeks so expect a review then. If you can’t wait, you but can buy the Supretro handheld here for $80 (as of this post there are only 250 units left in Batch 01, so order quick).
The Supretro is also known as the Powkiddy A19, it’s a portable handheld that can emulate a lot of old school consoles for example, it can play Dreamcast, PSP, PS1, N64, MAME, Famicom, Gameboy Advance, Gameboy Color, and Sega Mega Drive games, plus a couple more.
Design wise the Supretro is a stunning looking device, it has a large 3.5″ IPS display, a durable analogue stick, 6 buttons, a circular d-pad and your standard ports. Even though some people dislike the d-pad we are actually liking it, this makes it stand out from the crowd plus for some games it’s actually easier to use. But, for those with a keen eye you’ll notice NO shoulder buttons… like at all. This a serious flaw for those that want to play PSP, PS1, N64 and Dreamcast games, and it bewilders us as to why Powkiddy didn’t add this in. It completely ruins the handheld, and for some gamers this will be the main decision as to why not to pick it up.
A couple of YouTubers somehow managed to receive this handheld a long time before the public, and this is what has caused such debate within the retro community. ETAPrime and Taki Udon have already reviewed the Supretro but what the community noticed is that they were purposely dodging the very obvious heat bubbles within the screen when reviewing the product. Many think they were paid to review it and to not mention any problems, but this isn’t for us to judge. So the heat bubbles mixed with the lack of shoulder buttons is really unsettling the community, but putting that aside, if it has the ability to play N64 and Dreamcast games well, this could be a solid pick up, especially when its an android system running Pandoras box at $80.
Overall we have yet to review the handheld, and we can’t go into to much detail until we have full played with the unit and tested it efficiently. You can be certain if the Supretro has head bubbles you’ll be the first to know. It’s a great looking handheld that has obviously been under a lot of planning, but the lack of some very needed triggers us disappointing, but a great price, and if it can do what it says, who knows it may surprise us, but in know way will it be competing with the Retro Game 350, not just yet.