p3ters I thought the same and almost went with a newer Pi 4, but the MiSTer is about as close to authentic as you can get for older consoles that rely heavily on low latency. The games just feel better since there is almost no lag. I’ve got a pretty decent PC that does a good job with DS, 3DS, N64, Dreamcast, PSP, PS2, and Wii emulation. But for older stuff it’s nice to have a low power solution that’s accurate and low latency that I can just flip on and off without needing to login or update other software. Having it just sitting near my desk helps stay engaged with it too! 😄
Blrb it’s been pretty great and if you use the Mr. Fusion image and the updater scripts setup is pretty simple since they include all of the community open-source stuff. You just need to add the ROMs, a few BIOS files for systems that require it, setup your config .ini file if you want something other than 720p and you’re done! Every controller I’ve tried works and you can even use any old USB mouse for Mario Paint. Honestly - the thing I struggled most with was trying to find, then mount everything into a little case!