Here’s how to update your Retro Freak’s firmware

Cyber Gadget’s Retro Freak console is pretty darn awesome. I mean, the thing plays almost every cartridge- and card-based retro game you can throw at it, from Master System games all the way to TurboGrafx-16 games. But if you’re still not convinced, you should read our review.

Oh, and did you know it’ll soon be able to play Game Gear, SG-1000 and SEGA My Card games thanks to an upcoming adapter? But before it’ll be able to run them, you’ll need to update the system’s firmware, which is currently at version 2.0.

Unfortunately, Cyber Gadget’s website is entirely in Japanese, and Google Translate can only help so much. So, like always, your friendly SEGA Nerds have your back with simple instructions on how to keep your Retro Freak in tip-top, most-up-to-date condition!

  1. First, insert a microSD card into slot in the back of the console.
  2. Go to SYSTEM -> WRITE FIRMWARE UPDATE REQUEST (You should see a notification on screen telling you it was successfully added to the card)
  3. Next,  connect your card to a computer and click this link. It will take you to the Retro Freak’s Update page. (Note: If you’re your Retro Freak firmware version is 1.0-1.4, you’ll first have to install version 1.5 before you can update to a newer firmware version.)
  4. Then click here to open the Update box and select the Update link. (Note: Be sure to check you have the correct firmware version required to apply the latest update!)
  5. Click the first box (Choose file) and locate the “retrofreak-update-request.dat” file (It should be located in your microSD card’s root directory), and click OK.
  6. Next, click the second box (Download), which will download a “retrofreak-update.bin” file, into the same directory as the “retrofreak-update-request.dat” file.
  7. Now, insert the microSD card back into the Retro Freak, and it should automatically detect the .bin file and begin the firmware update process.
  8. You’re finished! Now go play some retro games, ya goof!

About Chris Powell

Chris is the editor-in-chief at SEGA Nerds. Over the years, he's written for publications like Joystiq, PSP Fanboy, RETRO magazine, among others. Oh yeah, he's also been a diehard SEGA Nerd his entire life.

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  • retrolizardlikesflies

    I did the update but now its reading error need ver 2.0 or above, it wont let me copy the file linked for 2.0 from the website :S ­čÖü Can somebody help???

    • I had the same problem. You have to update the Retro Freak system before the Retro Freak application. It doesn’t really make it clear in this guide above or in any others (or on the Japanese web site). They put the application update on the top of the Japanese update page, but what you need is the system update which is below that linked at https://storage.googleapis.com/retrofreak/RetroFreak-SystemUpdate-0.2.0.zip …and which is significantly larger than the application update. Download that file and put it on the SD card the same way as before (you don’t need to upload the update request this time) and then stick it in your Retro Freak and it will fix it. It may take a few minutes while it says it is installing but it actually does work.

      • Lino Romeo

        hey I did both updates. now i see the GG SG MKIII icon, but it still is not loading a game when i insert it. Any ideas?
        thanks