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Hyperkin announces Dec. 10 release date for Retron 5

By: 19 September 2013 No Comment

Hyperkin Retron 5At last, the folks at Hyperkin have broken their silence by announcing the Retron 5 will be released on Dec. 10 in the U.S. and Europe. We at First Arkansas News have waxed poetic about the Retron 5 since first learning of the existence of the game console this spring and did promise to mention when Hyperkin announced an official release date. So, there you have it.

What is the Retron 5? In a nutshell, it will cost $99.99 according to a press release from Hyperkin  and will feature five cartridge slots that will handle titles for 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 console will feature wireless, Bluetooth controllers but has ports to accept original Genesis, NES and SNES controllers.

Perhaps the most significant thing about the console is that it will sport an HDMI port and scale games up to 720p so they will (hopefully) look great on HDTV sets. As anyone who has hooked a classic console up to a HDTV set knows, games tend to look horrible as they were designed for low resolution tube television sets.

If you want to read more about the Retron 5, have a look at the news release from Hyperkin. By the way, thanks to 8-Bit Classics for the heads up on the Hyperkin release date. I preordered my Retron 5 from 8-Bit Classics on Sept. 3, so hopefully a review of the system will follow here at First Arkansas News shortly after Dec. 10.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.

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