Retrode 2 - Cart Reader, Rom Dumper for Super Nintendo, Genesis, & More

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Retrode 2 - Cart Reader, Rom Dumper for Super Nintendo, Genesis, & More

PLEASE NOTE: Retrode 2 Base unit has support for SNES and Genesis carts.  Additional adapters are sold separately.  


The Retrode is the world’s best USB adapter for vintage video games. Play your 16-bit console games on your computer/cell phone/tablet/whatnot, using your original cartridges and controllers!

What’s needed?

  • Game cartridges, and lots of them
  • Game controllers
  • Emulators for SNES/SFC and Genesis/Mega Drive
  • A computer with a USB port, running any of the above (Windows/Linux/MacOS/*NIX) - Caanoo and Pandora work fine as well.
  • A Retrode!

The Retrode is for you if…

  • you like playing legacy video games on your PC, Pandora or Caanoo
  • you want to back-up all your games to roms for use on EverDrives or other flash carts
  • you want to preserve your investment in these games, even after all hardware has expired
  • you want to back up your game progress, e.g. before replacing the cartridge battery
  • you like emulator cheats, but prefer to finish the boss on the real console
  • you simply think it’s cool to plug huge game cartridges into a PDA or cell phone

The Retrode is not for you if… you don’t see the difference between making private backup copies of games that you own, and downloading 10,000 ROMs from the internets.


  • Cartridge slots for Sega Genesis/MD and Nintendo SNES/SFC games. Access ROM (program/data) and SRAM (savegames)! Custom-made connectors of video game quality.
  • 2×2 ports for Sega and SNES controllers.
  • USB 2.0 Full-Speed composite device for driverless operation under any OS, using any emulator.
  • Easy to use, configure and update.
  • Expandable using plug-in adapters.
  • Made in Germany.
  • Dimensions and weight: 162mm x 80mm x 42mm, 200g (6.4″ x 3.2″ x 1.7″, 0.4lbs)
  • Includes USB cable and instruction sheet.
  • Other Adapters sold separately for consoles such as Sega Master System, Gameboy/Color/Advance, and Nintendo 64

PLEASE NOTE: SNES pin connector does not have the extra pins that are pictured on box and in manual.  These pins are not necessary for operation.  However, special chip games with the SA-1 chip may not work, which include Kirby Super Star, Kirby Dreamland 3, and Super Mario RPG.  

24 Reviews

  • 4
    Good Unit

    Posted by Scott Bloom on Apr 28th 2022

    The Retrode is a great unit to dump your game cartridges onto PC. That being said, the creator of the Retrode is no longer working on the device and it is most likely that there will not be an alternative.

    Also, be sure to pay attention to the SNES cartridge connector. The model I have does not have the expanded pin slots seen in the images and is not compatible with SA-1 enhanced games such as Kirby Super Star and Super Mario RPG.

  • 5
    That’s a most bundled retro gaming point… than, you gonna put 4k/1080p addons… found on the net by fans… a… most!

    Posted by Maxime Malenfant on Apr 24th 2022

    A most!

  • 5
    Retrode 2

    Posted by Mike Beretta on Feb 16th 2022

    Great Product. Was able to make roms of my SNES & Gensis games to play on emulators. Packaging came in perfect condition. Product does what it states in descriptions. Easy to follow & understand how to use. I recommend anyone that want to preserve their games or play on an emulator. Will definitely buy the other plugins to use for the N64, Gameboy. Will let my family & friends spread the good word about this product so that more people will use it.

  • 5

    Posted by Marcus Duchow on Jan 29th 2022

    Very easy to use. May take one or two tries for it to read but after that you can drag and drop.

  • 5
    What I’ve Been Looking For!

    Posted by Marquis P on Oct 13th 2021

    When I first heard about the Retrode 2 many years ago, I was elated. When I actually bought one, it was better than I though. It’s truly plug and play. It’s so cool!

  • 5
    Retrode 2 is fantastic

    Posted by David on Sep 2nd 2021

    Worked perfectly for what I needed, which is backing up my carts and saves on those carts to my PC. Couldn't be happier!

  • 5
    As simple and easy to use as a flash drive

    Posted by Ryan on Aug 31st 2021

    Works like a flash drive, including playing a game from the cartridge.

    There are a couple of minor things to keep in mind while using it, like switching to a different voltage for Gameboy Advance or N64 games (if using the corresponding adapter), but these are outlined in the short manual.

  • 5
    Quick and easy to use, does exactly what it says very well

    Posted by Corey Hart on Aug 27th 2021

    Used this to backup my SNES library and more importantly my save games - very simple plug and play interface, good at identifying and labeling ROMs as well. Handful of games I had to clean and re-attempt a few times to get a good dump - it was easy to tell when this happened as the rom-labeling would be off, or the rom itself would have a bad checksum.

    Also as a heads up - it seems to support most co-processor chips but not all. Super-FX games dumped fine (Yoshi's Island, Star Fox, etc) as did DSP-1 games (Mario Kart, Pilotwings), but my SA-1 games did not (of my collection, Mario RPG & Marvelous - Kirby Super Star and Kirby's Dream Land 3 also use the same chip).

  • 5
    Retrode 2

    Posted by Nicky on Aug 13th 2021

    Works great! I recommend for anyone who wants to digitize their library.