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Hi! I’m Matthias, a computer science graduate from Germany. I like building things that do stuff, and stuff that does things. And video games too. So it happened that in June 2009, I invented the Retrode, a USB adapter for retro gamers. Using the Retrode is easy as pie. Just install an emulator, plug in the device, game carts and controllers, and go. (If you want to watch me explain some of its features, check out this video. Or see the “About” page to get a rough idea.)
Since so many folks asked for it, I decided to turn the Retrode into a product, and had a batch of them made a while later. Can you believe that by now there are more than 250 Retrode users all over this planet? Many of them keep on coming up with brillant new ideas and suggestions, and everyone can profit through free firmware updates. No wonder that even in this short time, the Retrode has become the most widely recommended retro gaming adapter worldwide.
One Up: The Retrode2
The Retrode2 is a completely new development with lots of new features and improvements over the original Retrode. Most prominently, 2×2 game controller ports are included by default (they had to be retrofitted in the original version). The case will be made of durable transparent ABS plastic and feature a dust cover to protect the cartridge slots. The 3D model was designed by a CAD/CAM expert with 25 years of experience, and it has already undergone thorough testing thanks to rapid prototyping (3D printing). Add to that lots of improvements under the hood, and you have one a-w-e-s-o-m-e piece of gear!
Even with the inclusion of four gamepad-to-USB adapters and all the other new features, the Retrode2 will not cost more than the original Retrode – in fact, it might even be a bit cheaper! This is all thanks to lots of professional advice from friends and supporters. I don’t know what the final price tag will be, but here is your chance to secure a unit for as low as USD 75 / EUR 57.50 including worldwide shipping!
Why am I taking preorders? It costs EUR 8000 to make a set of injection molds for the Retrode2. Right now, I can throw in EUR 2000, but it would take me quite a while to gather the rest! By preordering a Retrode2, you can contribute to covering the remaining EUR 6000. In effect, your preorder helps me speed things up and, at the same time, secures yourself a Retrode2!
So here’s how it works: Just select a package, then click on one of the PayPal buttons below to make your payment. If the preordering volume exceeds the goal of EUR 6000, the projected shipping date for preordered units is September 30, 2011. Note that even if the goal is not reached, preorderers are still guaranteed to receive a Retrode2! It may just take a bit longer until the molding tool is completely funded.
Preordering closed on July 1, 2011, 0:02 UTC.
Packages In Detail
- Standard Package: Choose this to preorder a single Retrode2. Includes a USB cable, printed instruction sheet, and free worldwide shipping.
- Double Package: Got a friend? Then you can save by placing a joint order of two Retrode2, each including a USB cable and printed instruction sheet. Free worldwide shipping to a single address.
- Fast-Track Package (limited to 4 orders): Be among the first 5 people worldwide to own a Retrode2! Pre-production unit in engineering material case, as soon as I receive the samples. The regular case will follow as soon as they are available, upgrading your unit to a production Retrode2. Package comprises one Retrode2, one additional case, USB cable, instructions, a handwritten thank-you note, and worldwide airmail shipping.
Use these buttons (secure connection to PayPal) to place your preorder. Buttons have been deactivated.
For members of the European Union (right column), the prices include 19% sales tax. For all others, local taxes may apply. Before placing a preorder, please make sure you have read and understood our Terms and Conditions (German / English).
Do you run a retro gaming business and would you like to offer the Retrode2 for sale? In order to discuss volume orders, please contact me directly:Â firstname.lastname@example.org
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