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My New Dingoo

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

For Christmas this year we decided to just get each other one item that we each really wanted. So we each picked out something and the other bought it and wrapped it up. I really had no idea, like usual, what I wanted. There are always things that I want but they're mostly too expensive. A few weeks ago I got home from work and looked through a ThinkGeek catalog that came in the mail and found what I wanted: the A320 Pocket Retro Game Emulator, also known as a Dingoo. It's basically a Gameboy that plays game roms dumped from Nintendo, Super Nintendo and tons of other systems. It's got 4GB of internal storage for games and a slot for a mini-SD card (up to 32GB). It not only plays games, but will play videos, music, show pictures and do other stuff too.

Dingoo a320

Dingoo a320

Dingoo a320

These things come from China and have a terribly translated user interface. Luckily there is a community of American nerds writing software for these things, so you can flash it with a custom firmware that fixes the spelling mistakes and chinglish. There is also a small linux distribution designed for this device called Dingux. I've heard there are more emulators that run better for the linux OS on this device, but I have yet to try it. I did flash it to allow the loading of Dingux, but I don't have a mini-SD card yet. In fact, I didn't know mini-SD cards existed; I have regular SD and micro SD cards, but nothing between those two.

So far I love this thing. It allows me to carry around and play all the games that remind me of my childhood when ever and where ever I want. It will also last around 8 hours on a single battery charge. The ability to run linux also opens up many more game ports: Duke Nukem 3d, Doom, Quake...awesome!

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#1 - Dec 30, 2009 at 6:08 PM
It kind of looks like a DS that someone snapped in half.
#2 - Dec 31, 2009 at 6:19 PM
It looks like a used one? So what did Rachelle want?
#3 - Jan 1, 2010 at 9:21 AM
Betsy: it basically is half a DS. I'm not sure about the DS specs (I don't have one), but I know there is a emulator for DS games that can be run on this thing. I would think that it might not work very well though since it doesn't have all the same controls.

Cheryl: It looks a little dirty from traveling around in my pocket for a couple days before taking the pics. I tried to blow all the dust and lint off it, but I just couldn't get it completely clean.
#4 - Jan 13, 2010 at 12:04 PM
OK - so I stumbled on this because a guy I work with became a grandfather and forwarded me the pics you sent him. CONGRATS by the way.

Anyway...where do/did you get the games from? I presume you are downloading them to a computer and then onto the Dingoo. Do you have to pay for them? What other games do you have on it?

Do tell, do tell....I am quite interested and need more info.
#5 - Jan 13, 2010 at 3:06 PM


If you don't happen to have the equipment to dump the original game cartridges you bought to rom files, I've heard you can find them online to around:

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