Retro Freak

Retro Freak
2017/03/23〈v2.5 English〉
Retro Freak
<Warning> Read all the warnings prior to use ―――――――――――――3
Button Mapping ――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――― 27
Packaged Contents ―――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――4
Hotkey Configuration ――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――― 28
Component Names ――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――5
Display/Audio Output Settings ――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――― 29
Connect Retro Freak――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――6
System Settings ――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――― 30
Starting Up Retro Freak ―――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――7
In-game Menu ―――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――― 31
Update Retro Freak (Normal Update) ――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――8
Storage Management ――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――― 32
Update Retro Freak
(When it includes System Update)――――――――――――――――――――― 10
Basic Controls [Standard Controller] ――――――――――――――――――――――――――― 11
Basic Controls [Other Controllers] ―――――――――――――――――――――――――――――― 12
Basic Controls [Controller Adapter] ――――――――――――――――――――――――――――― 13
Playing a Game ――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――― 14
Using Cartridge Convertor―――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――― 15
Unable to read Cartridge ――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――― 16
Quit a game/Turn off the system―――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――― 17
Using microSD ――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――― 18
microSD directory ―――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――― 19
Install a game ――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――― 20
MAIN MENU ―――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――― 21
Game Lists ―――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――― 22
Cheat Function ――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――― 23
Game setting――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――― 24
Controllers―――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――― 25
Controller to Player Mapping――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――― 26
<Warning> Read all the warnings prior to use
■This product contains delicate components; do not
■Do not use any USB devices that's not designed to
■Do not eject microSD or unplug AC adaptor while
use or store it under extreme temperatures, give a
use on this product. Attempting to charge or connect
the system is running, shutting down, or playing a
strong impact, or abruptly pull out cables.
USB devices could become a cause of malfunction.
game that needs microSD. It could corrupt data or
malfunctioning the system.
■Do not use or store the console in the direct
■Dust or dirt on a cartridge or USB devices could be
sunlight, near any heat source, or in high humidity.
a cause of malfunction. Clean them with a dry cloth
■This product does not 100% guarantee that all games
or swab before using them on this product.
or devices are compatible to run on this system even
though the system requirement matches to the system.
■Do not disassemble or modify the product.
■Do not use this product with a projection or plasma
Some game cartridges and accessories may not work on
■Do not put water or any other substance in this
TV as they are prone to leave an image burn-in on
this system.
the screen.
■Do not use unofficial game cartridges as it could
■Do not touch USB or cartridge connectors with a
■Damages caused to game cartridges, microSD, and
malfunction the system. This system is not compatible
finger or metallic material
other devices by this product is not supported by
for unofficial game cartridges.
this product’s warranty
■The use of this product is subject to the terms and
■Do not touch this product or AC adaptor with a wet
■Erased or corrupted Save Data or installed games
conditions on the license with CYBER gadget Co., Ltd.
are not supported by this product’s warranty
If you can not agree with the terms and conditions,
■Do not use other AC adaptor other than the supplied
AC adaptor
you cannot use this product.
■Do not forcefully insert or eject a game cartridge
from the cartridge adaptor. Make sure a game cartridge
■When the system isn't used, unplug its AC adaptor
is properly inserted into the cartridge slot.
■Do not bend or pull AC adaptor or any cables
Packaged Contents
1 Retro Freak Main Console
1 Retro Freak Main Console
1 Retro Freak Main Console
(Docked into the cartridge adapter)
(Docked into the cartridge adapter)
(Docked into the cartridge adapter)
1 Cartridge Adapter
1 Cartridge Adapter
1 Cartridge Adapter
1 Retro Freak Standard Controller
2 Retro Freak Standard Controllers
1 Retro Freak Standard Controller
1 HDMI Cable
1 HDMI Cable
1 HDMI Cable
1 AC Adapter
1 AC Adapter
1 AC Adapter
1 Product Warranty
1 Product Warranty
1 Product Warranty
1 Controller Adapter (Only for CY-RF-B/C)
1 Controller Adapter (Only for CY-RF-AMZB)
1 Controller Adapter
1 USB Cable for Controller Adapter
1 USB Cable for Controller Adapter
1 USB Cable for Controller Adapter
(Only for CY-RF-B/C)
(Only for CY-RF-AMZB)
1 Gear Converter (Only for CY-RF-CBK)
1 Gear Converter (Only for CY-RF-C)
Retain the box and all the contents inside the box. They will be needed for Customer Support.
Component Names
Cartridge Adapter
When you unbox Retro Freak, the console is docked
MD slot
SFC slot
into the cartridge adapter. To play cartridge games,
leave the console in the adapter. Installed games may
be played with either the console docked or undocked
from the adapter
GB slot
FC slot
PCE slot
Retro Freak Console
USB ports
①USB port 1
②USB port 2
③AC power connector
④microSD slot
*microSD cards are sold separately
⑤HDMI OUT port
⑥Power button
*When unboxing your Retro Freak, the console is docked into
the cartridge adapter.
Connect Retro Freak
Connection Overview
microSD slot
■Using the Retro Freak console alone
HDMI cable
① Connect a TV or monitor and the system with HDMI
or monitor
microSD (Sold separately)
② Use the USB port in the front of the Retro Freak
Retro Freak
AC Adapter
console to connect a controller
To power outlet
③ First, connect the AC adapter to the rear of the
system, and then plug it into a power outlet
USB port 1
Retro Freak
Standard Controller
AC adaptor
USB port 1 - 3
To power outlet
Retro Freak
Controller Adapter
or monitor
Retro Freak Console
■Using the Cartridge Adapter
① Insert the Retro Freak console into the rear of the
cartridge adapter. (It's docked into the rear of the
③Use a USB port in the front of cartridge adapter
to connect a controller
cartridge adapter when it was unboxed.)
When you startup the system for the first time,
④First, connect the AC adapter to the rear of
② Connect the system and a TV with HDMI cable
Retro Freak
Standard Controller
system, and then plug it into a power outlet
connect the Retro Freak standard controller in
USB port 1. After assigning controller to a player,
use the registered controller.
Starting Up Retro Freak
① Follow the direction given in the previous page to
③Read the End-User Agreement carefully and select
⑤Read up the detail about fresh rate on display and
connect the console. Then, hold the power button,
[Agreed] [Do not agree], then press [A] button.You
change the setting of TV if necessary. Press [A]
located in front of the console, for a second.
cannot use the product without agreeing on the terms
button to proceed.
port 1 to select language, then press [A] button.
④Move the blue frame to fit inside your TV screen.
⑥Startup will complete and it will display Main Menu
(The description from here on is when [English] was
Use Left and Right of D-pad to adjust the size, and
press [A] button to confirm
② Using the controller that’s connected in USB
From the step ② to ⑤ only appears only for initialization
Update Retro Freak (Normal Update)
① Insert microSD into the console, and select [Write
③Connect to the Retro Freak Customer Support
⑤ Initiate
Firmware Update Request to microSD] under [System
website, then open to the Retro Freak Update Data
clicking [Download] button. Copy and place this file
Settings.] Confirm with [A] button.
Download page
into the same directory as [retrofreak-update-request.
*Do the Firmware Update write-up whenever there’s an
② Once the export is done, close the window first and
④Click [Select a File] in the Update Data Download
⑥Eject microSD that contains [retrofreak-update.bin]
and insert into the Retro Freak console while the
from the microSD directory.
system is on. Select [Yes] to confirm.
then eject the microSD from the console. Insert the
microSD into your computer.
To Step ⑦ →
Update Retro Freak (Normal Update)
⑦ Updating takes a few seconds to minutes
⑨ After the restart, accept the End User Agreement
[Updates for accessory]
*Do not turn off the system or pull out the microSD
to complete the update
If the update data contains updates for the cartridge
during this process.
adaptor or the controller adaptor, connect each
accessory, then the update confirmation will appear
upon connecting those accessories. (If the accessories
were already connected to the system, their updates
would appear after Step 9.) Always accept and proceed
with updates when the update notification is displayed.
⑧ When the installation is complete, the system will
automatically restart
■Retro Freak General Support webpage
Update Retro Freak (When it includes System Update)
① Download an update file (zip file) from Retro Freak
④The update process will take a few seconds to
⑥ After the restart, accept the End User Agreement
Customer Support website and unzip the folder.
to complete the update
■Retro Freak General Support webpage
*Do not turn off the system or pull out the microSD
during this process.
② Copy and paste the unzipped file [retrofreak-systemupdate.img] to microSD directory
③ When inserted the microSD which contains [retrofreaksystem-update.img] to Retro Freak system, a prompt to
update will pop up. Press [Accept] to continue.
automatically restart.
[Updates for accessory]
If the update data contains updates for the cartridge
adaptor or the controller adaptor, connect each
accessory, then the update confirmation will appear
upon connecting those accessories. (If the accessories
were already connected to the system, their updates
would appear after Step 6.) Always accept and proceed
with updates when the update notification is displayed.
Basic Controls [Standard Controller]
● Retro Freak Standard Controller
Any controller plugged into USB port 1 to 3 is available
*Connect a Retro Freak Standard controller in USB port 1 for the system’s initial setup.
to use in Retro Freak’s Main Menu. By default, USB 1
is set to Player 1, USB is set to Player 2 in a game.
In-game controls are different depending on the game’s
system. You can view and create a button binding
profile for each game system in [Button Mapping]
under [Controllers].
*A Retro Freak standard controller that’s plugged
into USB port 1 is always usable at the default state.
: Move cursor
: In-game menu
[A] button
: Select/Confirm
Home + [R]
: Return to the Main Menu [post v1.6]
[B] button
: Cancel/Back
: Used for following hotkeys
Hold [Y] + ↑: Page Up [post v1.5]
Option + X
: Fast forward
Hold [Y] + ↓: Page Down [post v1.5]
Option + Y
: Screenshot
<Game List>
Option + L
: Load state
: Save state
: Sort MENU
Option + R
: Change the size of the list
Option + SELECT: Microphone (FC only)
Option + START : FDS Switch Disk Side (FC Only)
*Hotkeys can be changed in [Hotkey Configuration]
under [Controllers].
Basic Controls [Other Controllers]
You can connect a USB controller or PS3/PS4 Controller
●USB Controller
●PlayStation 3 & PlayStation 4 Controllers
to a USB port on either the Retro Freak console or
To use a PS3/PS4 controller, connect it to a USB port
cartridge adapter.
: Move cursor
1 Button
: Select/Confirm
In-game controls are different depending on the game’s
2 Button
: Cancel/Back
system. You can view and create a button binding
Other buttons: not used
profile for each game system in [Button Mapping]
and press [PS] button.
: Move cursor
[O] Button
: Select/Confirm
: Cancel/Back
under [Controllers]. Look under [Button Mappings] on
*USB controllers don’t have a default in-game hotkey
[X] Button
this manual for more details.
for [In-game menu]. Please set up the hotkey in
SELECT (SHARE): Sort MENU(Game List)
[Hotkey Configuration] under [In-game Menu] before
you start playing a game.
Other buttons : not used
*When using a USB controller with no number is
assigned to its buttons, check [Button Mapping] under
: Change the size of the list
: In-game menu
[Controllers]. The menu will display button numbers
before assigning a new map you can refer to. This
*L2/R2, L3/R3, analog stick, or touch pad on a PS3/
will also be helpful for a USB controller with button
PS4 controller cannot be used
numbers were recognized by Retro Freak differently
from actual numbering on the controller.
*The numbers which can be assigned on buttons of a
USB controller are from 1 to 10.
Basic Controls [Controller Adapter]
The following controller types can be used with Retro
For the controllers usable with the Controller Adapter,
●TurboDuo/PC Engine
Freak by connecting to Controller Adapter (CY-RF-4).
please see following button information.
When using the Controller Adapter, connect to the
: Move cursor
Cartridge Adapter or main console using the supplied
●NES/AV Famicom
I Button
: Select/Confirm
USB cable.
●Genesis/Mega Drive
II Button
: Cancel/Back
●SNES/Super Famicom
: Sort MENU (Game List)
●Famicom Expansion
Other buttons : not used
: Move cursor
[A] Button
: Select/Confirm
RUN + ↓
[B] Button
: Cancel/Back
: Sort MENU (Game List)
Other buttons : not used
: In-game menu
In-game controls are depending on the console system
of the game. You can view and create a button binding
profile for each game system in [Button Mapping]
Start + ↓
under [Controllers].
: In-game menu
① NES/AV Famicom
② Genesis/Mega Drive
③ TurboDuo/PC Engine
④ SNES/Super Famicom
⑤ Famicom Expansion port
[Special Controllers]
A special controller, such as a puddle controller, cannot be operated in menus. Use a controller such as
the Retro Freak standard controller to navigate through menus before starting a game to use an special
Playing a Game
① Insert a game cartridge in its corresponding slot
② Wait for loading to complete, then select [Play] to
on the cartridge adapter while the screen displays
start the game.
[Ejecting a Cartridge]
Main Menu.
Eject a cartridge when display is on Main Menu,
*Multiple cartridges cannot be connected at once.
or the console is turned off. Ejecting during
a gameplay could cause a corrupted data. To
change cartridges, end the game completely and
return to Main Menu first.
[Saved Data]
A game played on Retro Freak saves its data
on the console. When updating saved data while
playing a game, the data would be stored in the
system instead of in a game cartridge itself
● Slots
and corresponding cartridges
FC slot : Famicom, NES Cartridge Converter
SFC slot: Super Famicom, Super Nintendo Entertainment System
MD slot : Mega Drive, Sega Genesis
GB slot : Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance
even if the cartridge was connected to the
console. If you’d like to update the saved data
on a cartridge, go to [Game setting] for [Write
save to cartridge] and export the data from
Retro Freak to the game cartridge.
PCE slot: PC Engine, TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine SuperGrafx
Using Cartridge Convertor
●Gear Convertor (CY-RF-5 / CY-RF-5BK)
①Face a label of a game cartridge front and insert
●NES Cartridge Convertor (CY-RF-6)
it into Gear Convertor. Each slot is for following:
Right: GG slot
Game Gear
SG-1000, Mark III,
Top : Cartridge slot
and Othello Multivision
Left: Card slot
SG-1000, Sega Card, and Mark
III card
NES Cartridge Convertor allows a user to play Nintendo
Entertainment System cartridge games (NTSC/PAL) on
Retro Freak.
②While Main Menu is displayed,
By using Gear Convertor, following games are available
insert Gear Convertor into the MD
① Face a label of cartridge front and insert it into
slot of the cartridge adaptor.
NES Cartridge Convertor.
to play on Retro Freak:
② While Main Menu is displayed, insert Gear Convertor
into the FC slot of the cartridge adaptor.
① Game Gear (cartridge)
② Sega Mark III (cartridge / Sage Card for
③When loading of a game ended, press [A] at [Play]
③ When loading of a game ended, press [A] at [Play]
③ SG-1000 (cartridge / My Card /
and the game will start.
and the game will start.
*To remove cartridges, fist eject Gear Convertor from
*To remove cartridges, fist eject NES Cartridge
*It is not compatible to use controller with SC-3000
the MD slot first, and then remove a game cartridge
Convertor from the FC slot first, and then remove a
as well as Sega Keyboard and accessories.
game cartridge.
Saga Master System / My Card Mark III)
Othello Multivision Cartridge)
Unable to read Cartridge
A game title will be displayed when a cartridge was
If the cartridge was not recognized even with re-
If cleaning didn’t help recognize the cartridge, the
recognized and successfully loaded. If warning or
insert, clean the cartridge connector with a dry
cartridge may not be compatible to run on this system,
error was displayed, the cartridge may not be properly
cotton swab or use a specialized cleaning agent such
or unregistered version.
connected. When following warning was displayed and
as Nano Carbon to improve contact of metal pins.
the game title shows [UnknownGame], select [No],
If a version wasn’t registered, Retro Freak cannot
eject the cartridge and re-insert it again.
run it with the system’s current version. For more
information about incompatible cartridges, visit [Retro
Freak General Support webpage].
If a game version was not registered to a database,
its title would not be displayed but it could be
played normally.
[Unregistered Versions]
Even a game title was same, some games have
CYBER・Nano Carbon
different versions depending on when they
were distributed. It’s been known that there
are many different versions, and we’d like to
cover and support as many versions as possible;
however, if a cartridge hasn’t been yet known,
it could cause a problem with title display or
system error. Currently unknown versions will be
■Retro Freak General Support webpage
supported in the future updates as soon as we
could verify the existences.
Quit a game/Turn off the system
●Quit a game
●Turning off the power
Select [BACK MAIN MENU] under [In-game menu] in game
Method 1: Select [OFF] with cursor in the MAIN MENU
*[In-game menu] is displayed by pressing the HOME
Retro Freak doesn’t need to be turned off while
button (default) of the Retro Freak standard controller.
simultaneously holding the reset button; it was
For other controllers, please refer to Basic Controls.
conventionally done with the Famicom / NES to
protect data on cartridges with Save Batteries.
[Force Shutdown]
If Retro Freak display had frozen and unable to
end a game or turn off the console normally,
hold the power button for 10 seconds to force
Method 2: Press and hold the power button more than
shutdown the system.
a second
Using microSD
Retro Freak doesn’t need microSD to run an cartridge
①Insert a microSD card with its label facing up
●Eject microSD
game or save a game, however using microSD will
Push in the microSD card until it makes a clicking
allow a user to access additional features such as
installing a game, cheat functions, and other various
Retro Freak can read microSD that’s inserted
●Usable microSD:
either before or after starting up the system.
You can use following FAT format (FAT16 or FAT32)
However, do not remove microSD or AC adapter
while the system is loading, preparing to shut
SD icro
・microSD (256MB to 2GB)
down, or while playing a game. Doing so can
cause data to become corrupt.
・microSDHC (4GB to 32GB)
●Features that require microSD
②It is ready to use when microSD icon and microSD menu
・System update
are active on the screen.
・Game installation
・Cheat function
・Saving data to external storage
*When saving data in a microSD, change the [Save data
location] of [System setting] to [microSD].
*Check the details for each feature in the instructions
microSD inserted
Without microSD
microSD directory
Cheat codes for Cheat Function will be saved in
this folder.
Installed games are saved in this folder.
This folder will be referred when a patch was selected.
All of saved data will be stored in this folder.
Auto-save data will be stored in this folder.
Saved State data will be stored in this folder.
Saved data will be stored in this folder.
Screenshots will be stored in this folder.
Obtained sound effect files are stored in this folder.
● retrofreak-update-request.dat
● retrofreak-update.bin
This is the file that would be made when selected
This is the Update Data file. Download this from our
This is a file created when [Write game database to
[Write firmware update request to microSD] under
website and place the file at this location. This
XML] is selected under [System Settings]
[System Settings]. Select this file when you are at
file will be automatically deleted upon completion
*These directories will not be auto produced. To use
Update Data Download Page.
of update.
each function, create one in an appropriate folder.
Install a game
① You can install a cartridge game if a microSD
●Playing an installed game
card is inserted in the console. After inserting a
①Select a type of game system in microSD menu
③ Wait for loading to complete, and press [A] to
select [Play]
cartridge, a prompt will be displayed asking if you
wish to initiate the install.
② Select [Yes] to start the installation.
②Choose a game from the list of games using d-pad,
Installed games are automatically categorized and
and press [A]
displayed under following labels in microSD menu:
Installed games are only permitted to play on the
FC : Famicom / Nintendo Entertainment System
console system you’ve installed the games on. You
SFC: Super Famicom / Super Nintendo Entertainment System
must follow the terms of User License Agreement
PCE: PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16 / PC Engine SuperGrafx
to install a game on microSD. Also, the use of
GB : Game Boy / Game Boy Color
installed games is subjected to the terms of the
GBA: Game Boy Advance
license agreement.
MD : Mega Drive / Sega Genesis
GG/SG/MKⅢ: Game Gear / Saga Master System /
Sega Mark III / Othello Multivision
: All the games that are rated
④ ⑤
① Auto Screenshot
Displays a screenshot of the most recent gameplay screen
② Game Information
Displays distributer and release date only for games
that were distributed in Japan
③Game Save Status
Displays the location, either the console or microSD,
of the game’s saved data
④Save Data Location
Displays the location, either the console or microSD,
of the data that was saved during game play ([Save
data location] of [System Settings])
: Save to the system
⑤ Connection Status of Cartridge Adapter
: Save to the microSD
: Connected
: Disconnected
⑥Storage Management
Shows the saved data manager screen
⑦mmicroSD Shortcut
Display installed games
● Lock
auto-screenshot [post v2.0]
Each game can be rated (1 to 5 Stars). Point cursor
Point cursor on ① and press [A] to lock screenshot.
on [Rating] and press [A] button, use left and right
To unlock it, press [A] again and select [unlock]
of D-pad to change the rating, and then press [A]
button again to finalize it. You can sort the games
by rating in the game lists.
⑧ System Settings
⑨ Turn Off
Turn off Retro Freak
⑩ User’s Manual
:Lock :Unlock
Shows simplified version of this manual, displayed
in the language selected in [System Settings]
Game Lists
① microSD menu
Displays installed game titles
② Game Lists
Lists of installed game titles. It is displayed in
alphabetical order by default.
③ Sort Menu
Open the sorting menu by pressing [SELECT] button in
this Game Lists display. Use the cursor to navigate
Up or Down using the d-pad for Font Size, press
[A] to complete the selection. Point the cursor on
[Alphabetical] and use Left and Right of the d-pad
to change orders.
:sort the list by game titles in
alphabetical order
:sort the list from highest rating
:sort the list by release date of games
Developer:sort the list by producer names in
alphabetical order
④ Change List Size
Change the size of the lists by using [L] and [R]
⑤ Back
Return to Main Menu
Cheat Function
① List of Cheat Codes
Displays the available cheat codes. Toggle a cheat
code on and off by selecting the code and pressing
the [A] button.
: On (Use the Cheat Codes)
: Off (Don’t use the Cheat Codes)
②Play with cheats
Launch a game with the Cheat Function activated.
If you’d like to turn off this function during a
game play, select [Off] of [Cheats master toggle]
under [IN-GAME MENU], and it would void all of the
Cheat Functions that were there when the game was
Return to the [MAIN MENU]
*microSD and a computer are needed to use Cheat
Function. For more details, check the [Retro Freak
General Support webpage].
Game setting
Select Patch
Select a patch file for emulator to apply.
Low-latency audio [post v1.1]
Enabling this would lower audio latency to the 1/3 of
normal speed, and minimize the lag between sounds and
displays. Turning this OFF would lower the quality of
audio and may cause the sound to break.
Hardware Type (GB)
Change the type of hardware to imitate between GB/
GBC/SGB. This is a setting for a game that changes
behavior depending on hardware used.
Colors (GB)
Change the color palette
Display Super Gameboy border (GB)
Enable or disable the border for SGB games. When
turned off, the game display would be expanded.
Enable Vaus Controller Filter (FC)
Using a puddle controller could display flickering
effect caused by noise.
*This menu only displays items relevant to your selected console
● Copy
save to Retro Freak
● Write
suppresses the vibrations occurring while using a
save to cartridge
paddle controller.
Import a save data stored in the currently connected
Export a save data stored in the system to the
game cartridge and save it to Retro Freak, so it
would be available to play the game with the save
overwrite existing data on the cartridge.
data on the Retro Freak system.
When turned on, it
Enable 6-button Controller (PCE)
Enable the Six Button Pad
Enable FM Sound (SMS/MKIII)
Enable the FM Sound Unit
Controller to Player Mapping
Allow you to assign individual controllers to each
game system. By default, USB port 1 is Player
1; and USB port 2 is player 2. To allow other
combinations, using more than three controllers for
multiplayer mode, or connect multiple controllers to
the Controller Adapter as individual players, set
the controller player mapping here.
Button Mapping
Allow you to check and remap button bindings and
assign them to each controller and game system
Hotkey Configuration
Assign hotkeys for features available during game
Fast forward speed
Change the speed of fast forward by a hotkey from
twice to four times faster. After v1.1, it’s possible
to set it to slower speed from 1/2 to 1/4.
Turbo fire rate
Change the rate of a turbo button that’s assigned
under [Button Mapping] from 6, 15, 20, or 30 shots
per second.
Controller to Player Mapping
Default setting for controllers are recognized as
① Select a game system that you want to play using
②Use the controller you want to assign to the selected
Player 1 for a controller connected to USB port 1, and
Left/Right buttons
player, and press “A” button to assign.
Player 2 for a controller connected to USB port 2(*1).
Assign individual controllers to specific players for
when you wish to assign different controller-player
combination, play multiplayer games that use more
than three controllers, or using Controller Adaptor
for multiple controllers.
Certain, game specific controllers, such as a puddle
controller and HyperShot, would be automatically
*The controller-player combinations are only effective
m Caution!
in the system selected in Step 1. To play on the
When there are 3 or more players assigned, certain
other game system, please register combination of
games may not function properly due to their designs
your choice individually to each system.
(more commonly the case for Genesis/Mega Drive).
If you encounter a game that does not recognize
controller button presses, please try to limit the
Example : When you want to connect a NES controller as Player 1 and a Genesis controller as Player 2 using
assigned players to player 1 and player 2 only.
Controller Adapter to play a Famicom game.
*1 PC Engine controller is assigned to Player 1 as its
❶ Select [Nes / Famicom] in the [System Playing]
default after v1.4. If you want to use more than 2 PC
❷ Use a NES controller to select [Player 1], and press “A” button
Engine controllers, register at the controller-player
❸ Use a Genesis controller to select [Player 2], and press “A” button
Button Mapping
This menu is to check overviews of button mapping for
② To remap button bindings, scroll the screen to go
④ Select a button you want to reassign and press
each game system, and allows a user to remap each
to [Manage Profiles] and then [Add new profile]
“A”. Choose a new button to assign before the
of them. Profiles can be saved for combinations of
counter hits 0.
[System Playing] and [Controller used], and available
to swap profiles depending on which game to play.
Default is set to each game system’s official
controllers; but depending on a game system, button
mapping is set to [Preset] in advance in accordance
with a button name used, or of a fighting game
① Select a the system and controller combination from
[System Playing] and [Controller Used]. The button
map that’s displayed here initially is the default map
③ Name the new profile and select [enter], then press
⑤ Switch to the newly saved profile under [Current
for this controller.
Profile] section
Hotkey Configuration
The following features can be assigned as an in-game
①Select a system and controller you want to assign
③ Select [Set] and hold a button you want to assign
hotkey. Hotkeys can be assigned individually by a
the hotkey to.
until the counter hits 0.
game system and controller.
● In-game
Display In-game menu
● Return
to main menu [post v1.6]
A shortcut allows you to access to Main Menu without
navigate through In-game menu.
● Fast
Overclock a game
● Save
Save current game progress
● Load
Load previously saved progress
● Screenshot
Save an image of a current display
● Famicom
microphone (FC Only)
②Select the hotkey you want to assign, and press
“A” button.
[USB Controllers]
controllers have different button arrangements,
the [In-game menu] shortcut is not pre-assigned
by default. When you use a USB controller, please
Functions the same way as activating the microphone
setup the shortcut before start playing a game.
feature on the FC second controller
The commercially available USB controller can
switch disk side (FC Only)
assign button numbers from 1 to 10.
Switch side A/B of a FDS disk
*With the current version of Retro Freak cannot use
Disk System or installation.
Display/Audio Output Settings
● Aspect
● Display
Select the aspect ratio from [Normal], [Stretch],
Display the overscan area without cropping it out
Sound enhancement
Enhance the depth of the left and right sound
and [Zoom].
● Force
Original Resolution
Display video in 1:1 PAR square pixel
Bass boost
Enhance the low frequencies
Treble boost
Enhance the high frequencies
● Screen
refresh rate
Change the refresh rate. [Match Game] would be
● Image
GUI sound effect
Enable or disable sound effects used in the system
sufficient for most TVs. Use this setting for a
monitor that has a refresh rate cap.
Selection of video filters to enhance video display.
● Screen
● Scanlines
Adjust the sound volume
Change the screen size
Toggle scanlines to give the authentic feeling of
CRT displays. Selecting [ON] on [Apply scanlines
● Force
HDMI full range output
at main menu] would show the scanline in the main
Configuration used only for monitors which require
menu also. However, even if it was activated, the
full-range RGB (such as PC monitors).
scanline would not appear in Screenshot.
System Settings
● Console
● Periodically
backup saved data [post v1.3]
Write firmware update request to microSD
Change the region of the system to [Japan], [USA],
Periodically backup saved data while an gameplay.
Export [retrofreak-update-request.dat] file that’s
or [Europe]. When it’s selected to [Auto], the
This function minimize data loss by unexpected
necessary for updating the system to the microSD
system prioritize the game’s region. A multi-regional
power outage or system freeze up. When selected
game would be prioritized to set to [Japan].
[Off] for this feature, the only saved data on the
PAL region games can not properly run on NTSC
Retro Freak system would be the state when closing
Export installed game’s database [game_database.
region [Japan / USA] standard. To play PAL region
a game.
xml] to [RetroFreak] folder in the microSD. Database
is mainly used to check CRC for adding Cheats
games, select [Automatic] or [Europe].
● Save
● Auto-load
last state
Write game database to XML
data location
Choose save data location from [Intaernal storage]
Automatically start the game at the most recent
and [microSD card] for save data (SRAM), Save
point where you left off
State, and auto save when microSD is connected.
Change system language
Choose the system language from Japanese, English,
and Chinese (Traditional).
● Auto-start
cartridge on insertion
● Screenshot
file format
*When selected Chinese (Traditional) in v1.0, only
Automatically launch a game when a cartridge is
Change the file format of game’s screenshot to PNG
End-User License Agreement will be showed in Chinese
inserted into the system
or JPEG.
(Traditional), and Main Menu will be displayed in
Japanese. This will be changed after v1.1 to show
● Automatically
import save on first run
Automatically import saved data stored within a
● File
Chinese (Traditional) in Main Menu as well.
Open the storage file manager
cartridge when inserted for the first time
● System
Display license agreement
Display the terms of the end-user license agreement
Display the version of the Retro Freak system and
the storage information
In-game Menu
Cheats master toggle
Toggle the activated Cheat Function’s on/off during
game play
Save state slot
Change the slot used to store save states. Slots
are from 0 to 99, total 100 slots. (pre-v1.6 would
be from 0 to 9, total 10 slots.) You can select a
slot individually from slot 0 to slot 9 and save.
: [Save Data Available] would be highlighted
when there’s data saved in the slot.
Save state
[Save] : Save the currently active game to selected
Save State Slot
[Load] : Load saved data in the currently selected
Save State Slot
Take Screenshot
Save an image of a current game display to microSD
Change the display filter, same as display output settings
Close the in-game menu and return to the game
③Save State Screenshot [post v2.0]
Displays screenshot of the moment when Save State
was done. This is automatically done when Save
End the game and return to MAIN MENU
Enable or disable scanlines
State was commanded. Save State of pre-v1.6 will be
loaded normally, but there will be no screenshot.
Change the sound volume
Reset the game
Storage Management
① Storage Manager (internal)
Displays storage manager for saved data in the
Retro Freak system
② Storage Manager (external)
Displays storage manager for saved data in microSD
③ Game Saves
Displays manager for saved data. By selecting a
game title, it’ll display all of saved data (SRAM,
Snapshots, and Save State) in the storage, allow a
user to copy or delete a file.
④Screenshots (only from external manager)
Displays screenshots taken during a gameplay. Allows
a user to browse or delete each screenshort.
⑤Game Data (only from external manager)
Displays manager of installed game data.
*Strage Manager is available with post v2.0
Storage Management
●Manage Saved Data
① Select [Game Saves] by pressing [A] either from the
③Select a game title which you want to manage its
[Copying Saved Data]
console or microSD storage manager.
Saved Data
management, the copied data would be saved in
the other storage unit. [Copy] does not work
when microSD is not connected.
Example: When copying Saved Data on the console,
the copied file will be stored in microSD storage.
[Opening a manager from Game List]
Point a cursor over a selected game title on
Game List display, and press the [OPTION] button
② Select a type of retro game console, and press [A]
④Select and press [A] at [Copy] or [Delete] on
chosen Saved Data
to open saved data manager or delete a saved
data file.
Storage Management
●Manage screenshots
●Manage Game Data
① Select [Screenshots] from microSD manager, press
① Select [Installed Games] from microSD manager,
press [A]
② Select an image and press [A] to show [Display] or
② All the installed game titles will be displayed.
Select a game data and press [A] to [Delete]
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