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The Retro Arena for Odroid Go Ultra

The Retro Arena for Odroid Go Ultra

The Retro Arena build for OGU aims to bring users the best experience possible from the hardware. Our focus is on retro gaming and media, with a slight tendency to emulate every handheld, console, and system possible. We believe in the preservation of the history and legacy of gaming, and that users should get the absolute most out of their device. This custom firmware is a collaboration between Slaminger, Johnnyonflame and Stephen Michaels with help from Crashoverride and Hardkernel.

At the time of this writing, the latest release is RC 2.3.5. This build moves from Ubuntu 20 and stock firmware, to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. This move has increased overall system speed and made launching applications and games noticably faster. libSDL2 has been made to work with libgou(a custom library to handle parts of the video for OGU, made by Crashoverride). It installs onto the internal storage, leaving your SD free for games and media.

Retro Arena also supports multiarch (armhf and aarch64), to allow for compatibility with pc game ports and applications that are not 64 bit. And comes out of box with support for ExFAT and NTFS for the SD card slot(file and rom storage). Ext4 format is also supported for linux users, and FAT32 works, tho we advise against using this format if possible.

Retroarch is the latest version at 1.14.0 and both 32 and 64 bit are fully functional. EmulationStation is a custom build named FCAMOD, which allows users to select the core of their choice before launching a game. The scraper can obtain 3D box art, and video snaps. These boxart or video scrapes can be used as screensaves by Emulationstation. There are numerous themes for this version of Emulationstation made by codyv59 and jetup13, and can be found on their respective githubs. Options such as changing the theme color accent or grid size view are now available with this improved Emulationstation.

The current list of systems supported by Retro Arena is quite large, and will only grow. The current systems available are:

amiga
amigacd32
amstradcpc
arcadearduboy
atari2600
atari5200
atari7800
atari800
atarilynx
atarist
atarixegs
atomiswave
c128
c64
cdimono1
cdtv
chailove
channelf
coleco
colecosgm
cps1
cps2
cps3
doom
dosbox
dreamcast
easyrpg
famicom
fds
gameandwatch
gamegear
gb
gba
gbc
gc
genesis
intellivision
konamilcd
lcdgames
lutro
mame-libretro
mame2003
mame2010
mame2015
mastersystem
megadrive
megadrive-japan
megaduck
msx
msx2
n64
n64dd
naomi
nds
neoaes
neocd
neogeo
nes
ngp
ngpc
palm
pc88
pc98
pcengine
pcenginecd
pcfx
pico-8
plus4
pokemini
psp
pspminis
psx
retroarch
satellaview
saturn
scummvm
sega32x
segacd
sfc
sg-1000
sgb
snes
snes-hacks
snesmsu1
sufami
supergrafx
supervision
thomson
tic-80
tigerlcd
turbografx
turbografxcd
vectrex
vic20
videopac
virtualboy
vmu
wonderswan
wonderswancolor
x1
x68000
xpet
zx81
zxspectrum

The future plans of Retro Arena for this device include restoring Porstmaster (pc game ports), the theme downloader, and over the air updater. There is also plans to allow watching movies and videos from the device, with the buttons acting as play, pause, fast-forwards and rewind. There will also be adding stand alone MAME and Advmame, this will allow more systems to become playable, such as Adventurevision from Entex, Bally Astrocade, Arcadia 2001, Milton Bradley Microvision, and many more systems you probably have never heard of. 
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