I'm wrapping this series up with a look into an variant on the later RS-1S (or ES-9S) revision of the venerable RS-1 NES clone handheld. I mentioned in my previous post that the Zhishan GB-9X was probably the RS-1S sibling worth getting, because it restores some functionality dropped from the 1S/9S, and even comes with some additional features not seen on any prior RS-1. So I got one! How is it?
Last time, I wrapped up my exploration of the E-mods 162-in-1 RS-1, which you could consider the latest iteration of the "normal" RS-1 system. But, of course, the saga of the RS-1 didn't end there. It'd never just be a straight line from the earliest 89-in-1 to this latest 162-in-1. Not in this business.
Previously I explored the hardware, packaging and menus of the E-mods RS-1 162-in-1 handheld console. And what else is there to cover about this game console, made for playing games, with a bunch of games built in?
Last time I covered the quite extensive background of the RS-1 series. Today I'm going to take a deeper dive into one particular unit that I purchased off of the internet just under two weeks ago, with the express intent of covering here. So this is FRESH RS-1 MATERIAL right here.
Usually, on this blog, I write about things I find interesting. Unusual or unique items which aren't widely covered elsewhere, featuring games not commonly seen. The RS-1, on the other hand, is something I've ignored for a long time: it has an uninspired, copied design, contains a set of common NES games with repeats, with a handful of seen-em-before Chinese originals and hacks scattered in. It's also one of the more ubiquitous bootleg handhelds on the market, its variants being extensively sold on every online marketplace for at least seven years, widely reviewed and dissected by many before me.