For a time it was grouped with Bigfoot, unicorns, and the Loch Ness monster, but now the Retron 5 is no longer a mythical beast. As reported by multiple outlets, Hyperkin is now officially shipping out Retron 5 units. The all-in-one retro console will be able to play games from ten retro systems: NES, Famicom, SNES, Super Famicom, Master System, Sega Genesis, Mega Drive, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance. Both PAL and NTSC games are compatible with the system. According to IGN, Hyperkin has stated that all of the pre-orders for the system are sold out, and the company advises potential customers to check out local game stores, not GameStop however, to see if they have any units available.
The road to fruition was paved with shipping delays and frustration particularly from gamers who had pre-ordered the system, which was originally due for release last year. After a public announcement that a delay was caused by bad pin connectors, the system was again delayed. Hyperkin then publicly stated that the system would be ready for release in mid-April, but again balked. The price was also increased from the original stated price of $100 to $140, without a clear indication as to what fueled the increase.
The Retron 5 could be a great tool for fans of retro gaming to not only de-clutter into one convenient system, but would also present games on older systems in a much sharper format. The system only outputs via HDMI and hits a maximum resolution of 720p. It also comes with a packaged Bluetooth wireless controller but also supports up to two NES, two Sega Genesis, or two SNES controllers.
Clearly, this could be a gigantic boost for retro gaming as it provides up to ten consoles of entertainment. The long wait is finally over, but now presents the ultimate question: is it any good?
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