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E3 2019: My Arcade showcases Retro Champ NES portable console

We get the inside scoop on My Arcade's new Retro Champ portable console, allowing gamers to enjoy their favorite NES games on-the-go.

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There's no school quite like the old school, and companies like My Arcade are bringing that retro charm back home with a host of new classically inspired miniature arcade cabinets and consoles. Shacknews was able to sit down with Oliver Tesoro, product manager at Bionik and representative of My Arcade, at E3 2019 to learn more about the company's latest products, notably including the new Retro Champ

Game fans who may not branch too far out of their given interests may not have heard of My Arcade before. No worries, because Tosoro can sum up the company's goals succinctly: "My Arcade is a company dedicated to retro gaming. We have Micro Players [and] Pocket Players you can bring along with you, [and also] licensed Taito, Bandai Namco, Konami, [and] Data East games [in] little original cabinets."

As can be seen in the video, the main showcases at E3 2019 were the company's miniaturized arcade cabinets as well as the portable Retro Champ handheld. Built to be true-to-form when compared to standard arcade cabinets, the delightfully small Mini and Micro Players offer an arcade-inspired experience in a cabinet that comes complete with joysticks, miniature displays, speakers, and even little mock coin slots.

Of course, the real star here is the Retro Champ, a portable console that accepts standard NES/Famicom game cartridges. With a full-color 7-inch display, HDMI output, wireless controller connectivity, and up to five hours of play time through its rechargeable battery, the $80 Retro Champ very well may be the best way to play NES games without tracking down original Nintendo Entertainment System hardware.

More information about features, pricing, and preorders for the Retro Champ and other miniature arcade cabinets can be found over on the official My Arcade website. For more developer interviews and gameplay footage videos straight from the E3 2019 showroom floor, be sure to follow Shacknews and GamerHubTV over on Twitter.

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