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Retron 5 draws a competitor

By: 1 August 2013 5 Comments

SuperRetroTrioSo far this year, Nintendo has replaced its Wii console with the Wii U and we know a couple of other major consoles are on their way — the Microsoft Xbox One and the Sony Playstation 4. Ah, but what of people who still love those old eight and 16-bit games?

Well, 2013 is bringing some systems for them, too. We’ve already reported on the forthcoming Hyperkin Retron 5 which may be out later this summer and available for $100 or less. That one will come equipped with five cartridge slots and will run carts from nine different systems — the Nintendo Game Boy Advance (GBA), Sega Genesis, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Nintendo Famicom (Japanese), Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game boy color (GBC), Super Famicom (SFC), Sega Mega Drive and original Game Boy games. The Retron 5 will come bundled with two wireless, programmable controllers and has ports that accept genuine Genesis, NES and SNES controllers.

Perhaps the most significant thing about the Retron 5 is that Hyperkin hopes to whip the age old problem of classic consoles splashing  pixelated, ugly images on HDTV sets. Yes, the Retron 5 will upscale games to 720p format and will pack an HDTV out port in an attempt to allow owners to play their games in a high definition format.

But the Retron 5 isn’t the only system due out this year that will appeal to classic gamers. The upcoming Retro-bit Super Retro Trio may also be out later this summer and retail for $69.99. That system will have three cartridge slots for Genesis, NES and SNES as well as ports for original controllers for those three systems. A Game Boy adapter will be available separately.

A major difference between the Retron 5 and the Super Retro Trio has to do with HDTV compatibility — the Retron 5 should upscale video in high definition, whereas the Super Retro Trio appears to lack that functionality and will come equipped with more conventional S-video and AV output ports. And, yes, the Super Retro Trio will also come with a couple of controllers.

We’ll post the release dates for both the Retron 5 and Super Retro Trio when they are announced. Meanwhile, you can keep up with Super Retro Trio news here and information about the Retron 5 can be found here.

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  • Socrates said:

    cant wait till the retron 5 is finally out.. the anticipation seems to be also part of the fun.

  • Mike said:

    Really? I wouldn’t call this competition. While the SRT is cheaper the Retron 5 seems like a much better deal.

  • Ethan C. Nobles (author) said:

    Here’s something to consider, Mike. The SRT is an honest-to-goodness product that one can actually buy. The Retron5 has been subject to one delay after another.

    Don’t get me wrong — I pre-ordered my Retron5 back in September and have kept my place in line in spite of all the delays and, yes, even the increased price I’m going to have to pay. On paper, it should blow the SRT out of the water.

    But, who knows when the thing will actually be released?

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