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Mini Consoles Theme - RetroSai Nostalgia - Form over Function 2.1.4

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About This File

The inception of this project was catalyzed by observing the theme presented by exodus_cl. Inspired, I set out to architect a theme that would not only epitomize the unique ethos, ambience, and distinctiveness of each gaming platform I personally had the experience of using, but also pay reverence to their original design principles. Delving deep, I recreated and sometimes re-imagined themes of official mini consoles. Concurrently, I envisioned and formulated how other platforms, not originally themed by their respective manufacturers, might have been conceived.

A nuanced observation would reveal that each Atari platform, while retaining its distinct character, embodies a similar ambience. This pattern can be observed across platforms like Nintendo and SEGA. For contemporary consoles, my approach gravitated towards capturing the essence of their dashboards, trying to evoke a profound sense of nostalgia. Distinctive views have also been crafted for platforms like PS2 and Xbox, reminiscent of the Demo Disks prevalent during their era.

Theme Features:

  1. Aesthetic Integrity: Each console view crafted is a celebration of its unique vibe, endeavoring to pay the highest tribute to its original design.

  2. Dashboard Designs: Faithful recreations of existing Mini-Console dashboards are accompanied by imaginative conceptions of those that remain uncharted by official designers.

  3. Nostalgic Inclusions: Optional views are available replicating the classic Demo Disks for platforms like PS2 and Xbox.

  4. Auditory Experience: Background music encapsulates either iconic tunes from system games or melodies crafted using the genuine hardware.

  5. Re-imaginative Themes: Mini console themes, including those for the original Playstation and Sega Genesis, have been re-envisioned to seamlessly blend with the overarching theme.

  6. Regional Nuances: Alternate views tailored for specific regions encompass platforms like Famicom, Super Famicom, and the Sega Mega Drive series, to name a few.

  7. Universal View: A generic default games view is present, suitable for any console devoid of a custom design.

  8. UI Recreation: Emulating the ethos of newer consoles, UIs like the Xbox 360 Blades, PS3 XMB, and the WiiU Gamepad have been faithfully recreated.

Recommended Configuration:

  • Startup View: Platforms
  • Games List View: Horizontal Wheel 1
  • Platforms List View: Platform Wheel 1
  • View Consistency: Ensure separate views are maintained for each platform.

Please refrain from bypassing the game details screen, as bespoke game details screens have been designed in alignment with the native console/platform system menus where pertinent.

Critical Information: Within each custom platform, the Game Details View Menu is subtly concealed, simulating the initiation of a game. To reveal this concealed menu, one must navigate either up or down whilst in the Game Detail View.

Specific View Instructions:

The primary view for most platforms aligns with the Horizontal Wheel 1 view. However, specific cases are outlined as:

  • Systems devoid of a custom view should adopt the CoverflowGamesView.
  • For the Playstation 2 Demo Disk View, resort to the HorizontalWheel2GamesVIew.
  • Platforms like the Microsoft Xbox One, Nintendo Wii, WiiU, and Playstation Vita are best represented by the WallGamesView.
  • For the Microsoft Xbox Demo Disk, Playstation 3, and Playstation Portable, the WheelGamesView is recommended.
  • To ensure the Sega Master System/Sega Mark III Card Games are displayed appropriately, annotate "Card Media." at the conclusion of the Metadata Notes section for each game.

Navigational Caution: When interacting with the WiiU, restrict your navigation downwards to prevent the game title from overlapping with other games.

Supported Platforms with Distinct Themes: Duplicate listings are for accommodating particular naming conventions.

  • 3DO Interactive Multiplayer
  • Arcade
  • Atari 2600
  • Atari 5200
  • Atari 7800
  • Atari Jaguar CD
  • Atari Jaguar
  • Atari Lynx
  • Bandai WonderSwan Color
  • Bandai WonderSwan
  • ColecoVision
  • Commodore 64
  • Commodore Amiga CD32
  • Commodore Amiga
  • MAME
  • Mattel Intellivision
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Xbox 360
  • Microsoft Xbox One
  • Microsoft Xbox
  • MS-DOS
  • NEC PC Engine CD
  • NEC PC Engine
  • NEC TurboGrafx-16
  • NEC TurboGrafx-CD
  • Nintendo 3DS
  • Nintendo 64
  • Nintendo DS
  • Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Nintendo Famicom
  • Nintendo Game Boy Advance
  • Nintendo Game Boy Color
  • Nintendo Game Boy
  • Nintendo GameCube
  • Nintendo Super Game Boy
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Nintendo Virtual Boy
  • Nintendo VirtualBoy
  • Nintendo Wii U
  • Nintendo Wii
  • Panasonic 3DO
  • Panasonic 3DO Interactive Multiplayer
  • PC Games
  • SNK Neo Geo AES
  • SNK Neo Geo CD
  • SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color
  • SNK Neo Geo Pocket
  • Sega 32X
  • Sega CD
  • Sega Dreamcast
  • Sega Game Gear
  • Sega Genesis
  • Sega Mark III
  • Sega Master System
  • Sega Mega CD JP
  • Sega Mega CD
  • Sega Mega Drive 32X
  • Sega Mega Drive JP
  • Sega Mega Drive
  • Sega Saturn JP
  • Sega Saturn
  • Sega Super 32X
  • Sony PSP
  • Sony Playstation 2
  • Sony Playstation 3
  • Sony Playstation 4
  • Sony Playstation Portable
  • Sony Playstation Vita
  • Sony Playstation
  • Steam
  • Super Famicom/Nintendo Super Famicom
  • Super Game Boy
  • Super Game Boy 2
  • Super Nintendo/Super Nintendo EU
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Windows
  • WonderSwan Color
  • WonderSwan

Regional Specificities: Ensure the naming convention for region-specific views aligns precisely with the following:

  • Sega Mark III
  • Sega Mega Drive
  • Sega Mega Drive JP
  • Sega Mega CD
  • Sega Mega CD JP
  • Sega Mega Drive 32X
  • Sega Super 32X
  • Sega Saturn JP
  • Nintendo Famicom
  • Super Famicom or Nintendo Super Famicom
  • Super Game Boy
  • Super Game Boy 2
  • Super Nintendo or Super Nintendo EU
  • NEC PC Engine
  • NEC PC Engine CD

Sony PlayStation Regional Specificities: Your PlayStation game cases will automatically adjust based on the region you've specified in LaunchBox

  • North America: Set region to North America
  • Japan: Set region to Japan (This is the default setting)
  • PAL: Set region to Europe

DreamCast Regional Specificities: Your Dreamcast game cases will automatically adjust based on the region you've specified in LaunchBox

  • North America White: Set region to North America (This is the default setting)
  • North America Black: Set region to North America Alt
  • European: Set region to Europe
  • Japan White: Set region to Japan
  • Japan Black: Set region to Japan Alt

Nintendo Switch Advisory: Every effort has been expended to ensure standard box art is visually appealing. Nonetheless, for an optimized aesthetic, please download the Square Switch Game Library Images and supersede your existing Front - Box Art.

Platform selection
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Generic GameList View
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Supported Platforms Mini View (This one is Sega Saturn)
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Region Alternate Platforms Mini View (This one is Sega Saturn JP)
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Alternate Demo Disk View (This one is Playstation 2)
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If you have any issues or questions, please feel free to respond below.

By popular demand I have created a Patreon for those that wish to support the continued theme development.

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Acknowledgments and Credits:

I wish to express my profound gratitude and acknowledgment to the following individuals and entities for their invaluable contributions and inspirations that greatly enriched this project:

  1. Files and Design Elements:

    • y2guru: For their always impressive and incredibly helpful Community Theme Creator application.
    • faeran: I am grateful for his provision of the Unified CTC files, which were instrumental in shaping the Coverflow view with its accompanying backgrounds.
    • viking: For the base arcade cabinets from the COLORFUL Hardware CAD designs, and for the inspiration from the COLORFUL theme!
  2. Music Contributions:

    • VinsCool: For his original piece "Voyager 1" rendered on Atari TIA and recorded using genuine hardware.

    • RushJet1: For the evocative track "5-bit Thief," crafted on Atari 2600 TIA.

    • BlueElectric05: Contributed the unique "Bytey" track, created on Atari 2600 TIA and classified under originals.

    • newcoleco: For "ColecoVision - Original Music 1," which enlivened the project with its nostalgic tones.

  3. Patreon Supporters:

    • Top Tier Console Creators: Thermalkil and Anonymous!

    • Thank you for being an integral part of this journey. Your feedback and  support push me to constantly improve and provide a stellar experience for all gaming enthusiasts. I hope you enjoy the updates as much as I enjoyed creating them for you.

I extend my warmest appreciation to all the contributors for their dedication, talent, and passion that have immensely enriched this endeavor.

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Updated Platforms


What's New in Version 2.1.4   See changelog

Released

v2.1.4

  • Added long requested alternate views (Horizontal Wheel 2) for Nintendo Switch and Sega Saturn with Long Box Art.

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Sega Saturn is region based and intended for just the Box Art images and not Box Art that contains images including the case itself.

  • North America - Long Plastic Jewel Case
  • Europe - Black Edge Long Cardboard Box
  • Japan - Small Jewel Case

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  • Updated 'Not Supported Views' to account for the additional Horizontal Wheel 2 views for Nintendo Switch and Sega Saturn.
  • Cleaned up Xbox 360 blades Game Title length and position to prevent text overlap with the blades when browsing games.

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v2.1.3

  • Resolved issue with missing fonts.
  • Adjusted PS3 game background to fill if undersized.
  • Cleaned up Xbox 360 blades to make a cleaner transition when browsing games.
  • Adjusted font color for NeoGeo CD to be more legible in the game details screen.

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v2.1.2

  • Resolved issue where the Sony PSP background wallpaper wasn't fully covering the screen.
  • New Platform View:

        MS-DOS View:

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v2.1.1

  • Resolved issue where the reflections were not displaying properly for Arcade cabinets.
  • Resolved issue where the Steam/Windows games details view was not displaying properly.

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v2.1.0

I'm excited to introduce the latest update of the "Mini Consoles Theme" for Launchbox BigBox. This version brings several new features that will elevate your game collection presentation to new heights!

If you run into any issues please do let me know. Unfortunately my development environment became corrupted so this release may be the last for a bit while I work to recover the development files. Thank you again and I hope you enjoy.

Platform View Revamp:

The Platform View has undergone a complete overhaul inspired by the COLORFUL theme, incorporating the same vibrant colors found in COLORFUL Platform videos.

    The new Platform View has been adjusted to seamlessly accommodate any Platform video, resulting in a colored border surrounding the video for a cohesive and visually appealing theme experience.

Audio Enhancements:

    Background audio and song volumes have been significantly reduced by 75% across the entire theme. This reduction is aimed at enhancing the overall user experience by ensuring that audio elements do not overpower other aspects of the theme.

New Platform Views:

    Nintendo Game Boy View:

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  •         A brand-new Nintendo Game Boy view has been introduced to replace the existing Nintendo Game Boy view.
  •         This new view is designed to more accurately represent the Nintendo Game Boy platform, addressing the previous view's closer resemblance to the Nintendo Super Game Boy.

    Nintendo Super Game Boy Views:

As a result of the Nintendo Game Boy view replacement, three distinct Nintendo Super Game Boy views have been introduced:

  • North America Super Game Boy View (Nintendo Super Game Boy): Tailored to North American users, this view captures the essence of the North American Super Game Boy experience.

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  • PAL Regions Super Game Boy View (Super Game Boy): Designed specifically for PAL regions, this view provides a unique representation of the PAL Super Game Boy setup.

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  • Super Game Boy 2 View (JP Regions) (Super Game Boy 2): For users in Japanese regions, the Super Game Boy 2 view has been created to replicate the JP Super Game Boy experience.

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Default Coverflow View and Default Game Details View Revamp:

    In addition to the Platform View overhaul, both the Default Coverflow View and Default Game Details View have undergone a complete redesign.

    These views have been transformed to align seamlessly with the COLORFUL style, while still preserving the distinctive backgrounds and colors associated with each platform.

General Improvements and Bug Fixes:

  •     Various minor bug fixes and performance enhancements have been implemented to ensure a smoother and more enjoyable user experience.
  •     Overall theme stability and responsiveness have been improved to minimize any potential issues.

I hope you enjoy the latest Mini Consoles Theme Version 2.1.0 with these exciting new features and improvements. Your feedback is highly valuable in helping me further refine and enhance the theme. Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm!

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v2.0.1

  • Resolved issue where Sega CD was displaying as Sega Mega CD.

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v2.0.0

Overview Trailer

New Features

1. Arcade/MAME View:

Imagine walking into a dimly lit room, only to be greeted by the vibrant glow of neon lights, screens reflecting off sleek surfaces and rows of brightly colored cabinets. The energizing cacophony of game sounds, chiptunes, and playful challenges fills the air, beckoning players to try their hand at conquering pixelated realms. This was the magic of a 90s arcade – a sanctuary for gamers, where stories were not just told but lived, one coin at a time.

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Diverse Cabinet Showcase: Just as arcades offered a smorgasbord of games, this view boasts over 48 unique arcade cabinets, each presenting a doorway into the past.
Variants Included: The 90s arcade was never just about the joystick and buttons. Racing wheel games that simulated high-speed chases and light gun cabinets that brought first-person shooter scenarios to life were all the rage. This view recreates these specialties, ensuring that every gamer finds their niche.
Atmospheric Navigation: It's not just about the games; it's about the experience. As you navigate from one cabinet to another, the shifting atmosphere and audio ambiance transport you back in time, simulating the sensation of wandering through an arcade, deciding where to drop your next coin.
Detailed Reflections: Attention to detail is key. The glow of the game screen softly reflecting off the control panels, especially in the game details screen, doesn't just add to the visuals—it revives memories of intense focus and fingers dancing over buttons in rhythmic gameplay.
Arcade BIOS Game Details Menu: To round off this authentic trip down memory lane, the game details menu mirrors the look and feel of an Arcade BIOS. It's not just about playing; it's about immersing oneself in the entire arcade ethos.

Notes: "Screenshots", "Marquees", "Clear Logos", and "Videos" are utilized for the view. The cabinet style is designated by the game "Publisher" metadata. Racing cabinets are designated by the "Racing" and "Driving / ..." variant genres and Lightgun cabinets are designated by the "Shooter / Gun" genre.

If you wish to manually change the cabinet to fit a specific aesthetic for a game, here are the supported publishers you can update the metadata for the specific game to:

   "Arika"
   "Atari Corporation"
   "Atari Games"
   "Atari"
   "Bally Midway"
   "Capcom Co., Ltd."
   "Capcom"
   "Cave (AMI license)"
   "Cave (Atlus license)"
   "Cave (Capcom license)"
   "Cave (Nihon System license)"
   "Cave"
   "Data East Corporation"
   "Data East"
   "Irem Corp."
   "Irem"
   "Konami Industry Co. Ltd."
   "Konami"
   "Midway Games"
   "Midway"
   "Namco"
   "Nintendo R&D3"
   "Nintendo"
   "SNK Corporation" (This is the red SNK cabinet)
   "SNK" (This is the MVS cabinet)
   "Sega AM1"
   "Sega AM2"
   "Sega AM3 R&D Division"
   "Sega Enterprises Ltd."
   "Sega"
   "Taito America Corporation" (Black Buttons)
   "Taito Corporation Japan" (Red Buttons)
   "Taito Corporation" (Red Buttons)
   "Taito" (Black Buttons)
   "Williams Entertainment"
   "Williams"

2. Steam/PC Games/Windows/Microsoft Windows View:

Especially designed for Windows/PC Games/Steam enthusiasts, this view is inspired by the UI of the Steam Deck. Currently, I'm harnessing the metadata provided by LaunchBox, but hopefully in the future I'll be able to integrate the Steam, GOG, and Epic metadata for a richer experience. Until then, I'm confident you'll love what you see.

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Steam Deck Inspiration: This view is designed after the Steam Deck version of Steam OS.
Library View: A seamless browsing experience to navigate through your games.
Game Details View: Get all the information you need about a game with a visually appealing presentation.
Overlay Menu: An intuitive overlay menu for the Game Details Menu, so you get all the additional details without any hassle.

Notes: "Box - Front", "Clear Logo", "Screenshots", "Videos" and "Banners" are utilized for this theme. Unfortunately Fan Background and Steam/Epic/GOG metadata is not available for me to use for the theme currently. Screenshots are utilized first, then Banners as a fall back.

3. Mattel Intellivision View:

This view brings the nostalgia right to your fingertips. Every time you select a game, the Controller Overlay will change to match that specific game. This is perfect for those who love authenticity. But there's more! This view also includes the iconic "My Intellivision" track from Intellivision Lives! which will hopefully set the mood.

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Classic Console Presentation: Experience the nostalgic Mattel Intellivision console front and center.
Dynamic Controller Overlays: Game-specific controller overlays are showcased, ensuring that the controls displayed are accurate for each game if available.
Accurate Cartridge Port: With the Mattel Intellivision's cartridge port usually on the side of the console, its been placed at the top with accurate cart insertion depth!
"My Intellivision" Theme Song: Fans of Intellivision Lives! will be delighted to hear the "My Intellivision" theme song incorporated into the theme.

Note: The Controller Overlays are handled via the "Arcade - Controls Information" metadata.

4. Dreamcast Region Specific Game Cases:

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Now, your Dreamcast game cases will automatically adjust based on the region you've specified in LaunchBox. Here's a breakdown of the region-specific cases:

  • North America White: Set region to North America (This is the default setting)
  • North America Black: Set region to North America Alt
  • European: Set region to Europe
  • Japan White: Set region to Japan
  • Japan Black: Set region to Japan Alt

Note: Changing regions for games is best handled via LaunchBox by selecting all games you'd like to change to a specific region, then mass editing the Region field and updating them.

5. Supported Views:

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To help with the initial configuration of the Theme, if a Platform attempts to utilize a view that is not supported, a customized view displaying supported options will appear. For example, the default view for the theme is Horizontal Wheel 1, however not all platforms utilize this view and a screen displaying the supported views for the specific Platform will be displayed.

Note: Supported Views does allow for BigBox wide Search, it will just need to be set to Fullscreen CoverFlow. The Platform View Searching works as expected, and so does Game Detail Menu options like Related Games, etc.

Adjustments and Fixes:

1. Playstation 2 Game Details Screen Cleanup:

Improved the visual presentation and fixed minor glitches to ensure a smoother user experience on the Playstation 2 Game Details Screen.

2. Super Famicom View Update:

Background Color: To make it distinct from the European Super Nintendo and North American Super Nintendo views, the Super Famicom view now has a fresh white background.

3. Alternative Naming Options:

Nintendo Super Famicom: For those familiar with the other name variant, an alternative for "Super Famicom" has been added.
Sony Playstation Portable: Implemented "Sony Playstation Portable" as an alternative naming option to the usual "Sony PSP".
Panasonic 3DO Interactive Multiplayer: Implemented "Panasonic 3DO Interactive Multiplayer" as an alternative naming option to the usual "3DO Interactive Multiplayer" and "Panasonic 3DO".

4. Game Disc Animation Fix for PS1, DC, SegaCD/MegaCD, Xbox 360, GameCube:

In rare instances the disc for the selected game would appear at the top of the screen when going into the Game Details Screen and backing out to the Platform View. This should be resolved.

5. PATREON EXCLUSIVE - Japanese Theme Variation:

For my dedicated Patreon supporters, I've created a special Japanese variation of the theme.
Platform Priority: This exclusive variation prioritizes the naming scheme for the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega CD, and Sega Saturn, emphasizing their Japanese identities.
Button Adjustments: In alignment with regional specifications, I've adjusted the Playstation Platforms to switch the O and X buttons to the Japanese standard.

Thank you to my Patrons for being an integral part of this journey. Your feedback and  support push me to constantly improve and provide a stellar experience for all gaming enthusiasts. And thank you to everyone who uses the theme and I hope you enjoy the updates as much as I enjoyed creating them for you. Happy Gaming!

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Maul83

· Edited by Maul83

   11 of 11 members found this review helpful 11 / 11 members

Very good theme, a couple recommendations:

1 - ability to turn the music off. I couldn't find how to in the options, even if I turned every slider down to 0%

2 - The additional game menu options are hidden. Like 'view achievements, open the emulator, etc'. These options are important to me for some systems, specifically any game with multiple disks as I merge the additional disks onto the first disk, or some games I might launch on an alternate install of a emulator because it might run better on a different version. 

I get that might alter the look you are going for with the theme, but if it had that, I'll would give it 5 star easy.

 

Updated to 5 stars, as you can reply the music by going into the files, and the game menus option was fixed in latest release

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NOMAD0P

   6 of 6 members found this review helpful 6 / 6 members

Good thing I stumbled upon this. It's the best theme available now and needs to be added to the app downloader. Great work!

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Brohnson

   6 of 6 members found this review helpful 6 / 6 members

BEAUTIFUL, thought-out, and well-designed theme that gives nostalgic vibes PLUS the "authenticity" that other similar themes lack. True the source material for each console! If you want your game lists to match the feel of using the original consoles/handhelds then this is the theme you've been looking for. If you choose to use this theme mixed with others, be sure everything matches up in your XML files and you'll be good to go. Fantastic work!

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Reimu Daze

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   5 of 5 members found this review helpful 5 / 5 members
You can tell this was made with an extreme amount of attention to detail by someone who actually played a lot these consoles and did their research. The amount of effort and creativity in this is such that you may discover something new each time you look through library. I feel like this is the height of retro aesthetic for emulation as it gets, this is the prettiest UI to me and it stands above the rest in so many ways while still being functional rather than having to choose between functionality or retro aesthetic. This is far above the rest in many ways, it does not info dump you with retro stock images, but it rather illustrate a retro environment in a minimalistic but aesthetically pleasing way. You can see the cartridge before it goes into the GameBoy Color from behind, a feeling that is etched in my memory, you can see the GameCube cartridge, the small  GameCube disc spinning,  surrounded by an environment reminding you of the purple GameCube, one of the most if not the most iconic one in the west when we didn't get the orange or other colors like in Japan. The small lights, the custom accurate button placement that are also serve a function, the details such as cartridges, CDs and images are not to the left, to the right or in a corner, nor is relative information such as player numbers, it is all placed in a very digestible and to the point way, unlike some other UIs in which you search for text on one side, see the art on another, and may see an animation with stock images for a background like some info dump cluster of "retro things" trying to be retro, rather than being the retro environment that is this UI. The environment that is themed after the console you select is also non invasive, functional and absolutely beautiful, all music included in the UI is also chill and extremely nostalgic, the Sega Dreamcast one alone had vibes that awakened core memories from my childhood. Basically I can tell this was made with alot of love and effort, looking forward to seeing more of this.

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smallmetalgryphon

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Absolutely incredible. This is going to be a part of my setup for platforms for a long time. Thank you for creating and sharing this!

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EggBirds8432

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

This is amazing. Fantastic work. I haven't been blown away by a custom theme in years. 

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Jackdefjam

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

For me this theme is what emulations frontends are all about. Pure fun to look at, scroll threw and feel nostalgic. The attention to detail and creativity in this theme is just great and improves with every release. Thank you so much!

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Heoki

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

I love everything I've seen with this theme. A lot of time and care went into it.

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Neiloch

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

Loving this theme. I saw a friend using it so I decided to try it out. The styles look great and I love that it goes a step further with the aesthetics.

It does more than emulate the games and provide an interface for them but tries to emulate the experience of truly having the systems themselves. It emulates the hardware experience for older systems and then the console OS experience in later consoles as digital delivery became more common. Plus how many different ways can you showcase "put disc in to tray?" Showing styles that approximate unique system menus is way better.

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djweevil666

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This theme I like. I thought your submarineish type view was pretty cool. I reminded me of that nice xbox theme called devise on the og xbox or the game criticom. I like your use of something outside the box. If you have not seen abeezy's new snes carts they look amazing in this. Thank you very much for sharing all your hard work.

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Culie

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Is very good.

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blackryn0

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Amazing, nicely designed and well thought out. There's something here for everyone to enjoy. This guy knows his stuff, easy 5 stars!

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zartan13

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

This just gave me a reason to go back to my Big Box build and finally update it with a theme I actually like 100%.  The love, detail and time that went into building this out for the community is amazing.  I love the support you continue to provide.  

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vahn65

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I Love this view quite a lot! I have a bit of a Frankenstein set up for Platforms. I was using a combo of Coverbox and other themes that have console specific views  such as; YET, Retrotastic, and of course exdous_cl's mini theme and I must say this is a great one stop shop for a more compact  authitneitc nostalgic feel. It has an air of officialness that I love. I hope this theme continues to get updates and support because it  an amazing theme and has such much more potential. I'm going to make my platform collection in Bigbox a tad more compact to use this more uniformly. If it had Coverboxes Platform title cards it would be perfect. Amazing job!! 

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Thanks for the great review Vahn! I'm not familiar with the Coverboxes Platform Title Cards, do you have an example of what that is or looks like? I can look into it.

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00DoubleOh

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Great theme, great author

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thermalkil

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Honestly I made my own custom theme that is simple and clean, spent around 2 weeks on it, just for this theme to come out and be so well done I forgot mine existed. My buddy and I both switched to this theme and have not looked back!

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Nintendoman

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

This is the best Big Box theme out there. My new Favorite. We need Intellivision added though. Hopefully in future update.

The Xbox boxart is not showing up for me. Does it need to be a certain size to populate. It is there in the coverflow but not horizontal view.

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PABastien

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   3 of 4 members found this review helpful 3 / 4 members

Needs game options and the ability to lower menu music volume. Other than that it's great 

All my major issues have been addressed. Upgrading this review to five stars.

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MuffinXXL

   2 of 3 members found this review helpful 2 / 3 members

Hey Man!!Such a cool Theme ! I really love your theme and would like to localizated it to Chinese version. Is there any chance that you could provide me a community theme creator version of the theme. Thank you very much!

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Kevin_Elinimeth

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You could add a theme for the PC platform and you could also enable the option to see achievements and the hours played for a specific game
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