If you're looking for a solution to playing all your old cartridge games on a modern HD TV, then the number one recommendation you'll hear is the Retron 5. But there is another gadget available that does the same thing, and it includes the added bonus of transferring games from cartridges to an SD card to act as a digital archive. This alternative gadget is called the Retro Freak. It costs around $225 with support for Famicom, NES, SNES, Mega Drive/Genesis, PC Engine, TurboGrafx-16, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, and Supergrafx games.
That's a lot of cash to spend, especially when you can pick a SNES Classic right now for $80. Cyber Gadget, the company behind the Retro Freak, realized that so they came up with the Retro Freak Basic. It works in the same way as the Retro Freak, accepting cartridges, upscaling the games and outputting them at 720p, and also transferring them to SD card. But unlike its big brother, the Retro Freak Basic only accepts SNES cartridges. Because of that it also only costs $89.99.
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Of course, if you don't own any SNES cartridges then the Retro Freak Basic is going to cost you quite a bit more than $90 due to game purchases. However, if you have a healthy selection of SNES games already, especially if they include most of the SNES Classic games library, then this could be a tempting offer. The only game you'll miss out on, of course, is Star Fox 2.
The "Retro Freak Basic Economy Set for SFC" to give it it's full name, is available for pre-order on Play-Asia. The bad news is, it isn't set to launch until February 2018. That's going to be too long for most gamers deciding between this and a SNES Classic. But you could always spend $225 on the already available Retro Freak and unlock access to all those other systems listed above.