10 Years of retrostuff.org

10 years ago, I started this blog retrostuff.org to record what I was tinkering with in my spare time. It was initially meant to be some sort of diary and also include everything that I bought related to retro- and game consoles (see category New Arrival), but that turned out to be way too much work, so I focused on technical articles. Over the years, I had so many projects that not everything could be properly documented and put in an article. The backlog is huge and I’m always trying to review and improve old articles as well.

For the 10th anniversary, I took a trip down memory lane and selected one or more articles that were important to me. Be it because they are about a favourite device or an important discovery or milestone in research.


In 2012, I took the black turbo version of the Sharp Twin Famicom (AN-505-BK) apart:

Dissassembling the Sharp Turbo Twin Famicom

It didn’t stop with that and I took it apart several more times to modify it for RGB output. Only this year, I found the sources of the photos that I took back then, so I will probably review the old article and also prepare new ones.

Sharp Turbo Twin Famicom


For 2013, it was a close call between my first documented modification for Philips CD-i players and the disassembly of the Bandai Datach Joint ROM System.

Datach Joint ROM System

This was only the first article about this obscure attachment and since then more has followed (category Datach) and will continue to follow until I have a full set of games one day.

Bandai Datach Joint ROM System
Datach Joint ROM System


In 2014, I planned to write a series about uncommon Sega Saturn peripherals, but for unknown reasons it already stopped after the Twin Stick and the Mission Stick (part 2).
More exiting for me was the arrival of my first NUON DVD player:

Samsung DVD-N505 NUON Enhanced DVD Player

Samsung DVD-N505 NUON Enhanced DVD Player


In 2015, I did another CD-i player modification, but I also spent some time replacing and troubleshooting the display of my Atari Lynx II:

Atari Lynx II New LCD Screen, 5V Mod and Connection to FrameMeister

Atari Lynx II and LCD screen kit
Atari Lynx II and LCD screen kit


A lot was going on in 2016 and it’s very hard to decide. The most obscure device to fall into my hands, however, was the Sega Pri Fun printer for Sega Pico and Saturn:

Printing Fun-Fun With Sega Pri Fun

Sega Pri Fun 03
Sega Pri Fun


In 2017, I figured out the hardware constellation that triggered the cake puzzle bug in the CD-i version of The 7th Guest. In the very same year, I also started to tinker with my first arcade hardware at home:

Neo Geo MV2FS at Home

MV2FS first test run


In 2018, more Neo Geo hardware entered my home. My most important project was the first article about repairing a broken portable CD-i player, the Philips CDI350:

Philips CDI350 Repair Part 1

In the following years, I wrote parts 2 and 3.

Philips CDI350
Philips CDI350


2019 was a very productive year and picking articles is a tough choice. Since I covered a lot of Bandai Pippin hardware that year, I went for the article about building ADB adapters with help of a Sega Game Gear:

Pippin Atmark ADB Adapter Dongles

Pippin Atmark keyboard test
Pippin Atmark keyboard test


In 2020, I wrote a lot about Philips CD-i. Among them, my longest article so far: A complete overview of all modifications for Philips CD-i players:

Modifications for Philips CD-i Players

Information is still being added today and it grew so large that the NVRAM section had to be outsourced to a separate article.

Modifications for Philips CD-i Players


More articles about Philips CD-i in 2021, including the first successful hacks of system ROMs:

Philips CDI660 Service Shell
and Philips CDI450 32 KB NVRAM Upgrade

OS-9 module header: M$ID ($00)
OS-9 module header: M$ID ($00)


In 2022, the Bandai Playdia Q.I.S stole the show after having been neglected for so many years:

Bandai Playdia Quick Interactive System

Bandai Playdia Quick Interactive System
Bandai Playdia Quick Interactive System

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