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[22 May 2014 | No Comment | 5,610 views]
Retron 5 set for June 6 release

Back on May 25, 2013, First Arkansas News published an article about the Hyperkin Retron 5. Go ahead and click the aforementioned link for more details, but here’s a summary — the Retron 5 is designed to play games for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, the Japanese and European versions of those consoles and some Nintendo Game Boy games.
Oh, and the console is designed to upscale all of those games to 720p so they will look great on HDTV sets. Anyone who has hooked up a classic …

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[23 Apr 2014 | No Comment | 4,606 views]
Hyperkin announces Retron5 delay, price increase

About this time last year, First Arkansas News ran an article waxing poetic about the forthcoming Hyperkin Retron5. The Retron5 has been promoted as just the machine a lot of us people who love classic console gaming have wanted for a long time. The problem with a lot of classic consoles is that they look terrible on HDTV sets and the Retron5 is supposed to solve that problem by upscaling games to run in 720p high definition through an HDMI port.
Anyone who has ever plugged, say, a Sega Genesis into …

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[19 Sep 2013 | No Comment | 8,066 views]
Hyperkin announces Dec. 10 release date for Retron 5

At 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 …

Retrogaming, Technology »

[1 Aug 2013 | 4 Comments | 13,937 views]
Retron 5 draws a competitor

So 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 …

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[14 Jun 2013 | One Comment | 3,063 views]
Retron 5 powered by Android?

The lucky folks over at Engadget caught up with Hyperkin this week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) and reported that the Retron 5 sounds even better than it did when we at First Arkansas News wrote about it a few weeks ago.
For those unaware of the Hyperkin Retron 5, here’s a summary. The retro console boasts five cartridge slots and will play cartridges made for nine different systems — Nintendo Game Boy Advance (GBA), Sega Genesis, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Nintendo Famicom (Japanese), Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game boy …

Arts & Entertainment, Awesome Site of the Week, Retrogaming, Technology »

[9 Jun 2013 | 25 Comments | 3,691 views]
Awesome Site of the Week: AtariAge

Let’s get to the bottom line first — AtariAge.com is the destination for any fan of classic or modern video games. Yes, the title of the site suggests that it caters to only the Atari, but that’s not the case at all.
AtariAge, in a nutshell, is a forum where fans of all video games can get together and discuss their favorite systems, a place where one can find newly developed games for their favorite classic systems and a news source for anything having to do with gaming. It is, in …

Arts & Entertainment, Events, Retrogaming, Technology »

[7 Jun 2013 | One Comment | 1,205 views]
Oklahoma Video Game Exhibition set for Sept. 21

Get ready classic video game fans — the 10th Oklahoma Video Game Exhibition (OVGE) is set for Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the SpiritBank Event Center at 10441 South Regal Blvd. in Tulsa.
“Before the OVGE, people from the surrounding states had to travel across the country for events such as this,” Jesse Hardesty, founder and organizer of the OVGE, said in a news release. “And since the OVGE first began back in September of 2003, we have inspired many other retro conventions in the surrounding areas.”
In …

Retrogaming, Technology »

[4 Jun 2013 | 5 Comments | 13,504 views]
No, the BBS is not extinct

If you know what a BBS (bulletin board system) is, then you’ve been geeking it up with computers for a long time. Although the advent of the Internet all but ended the old BBS days, those are still around and allowing users to send messages, download files and play those charmingly retro games.
Before getting into how you can easily access any BBS you can think of through your Internet connection, it’s important to take a brief look at the history of those systems and why they became popular.
For the uninitiated, …

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[25 May 2013 | No Comment | 5,060 views]
Will the RetroN 5 deliver what it promises?

Underwhelmed by the announcements of the Microsoft Xbox One, the Sony Playstation 4 and the already emerged Nintendo Wii U? Well, buck up, pilgrim — the forthcoming Hyperkin RetroN 5 may be just the thing to get you excited about a new console coming out this year.
What is the RetroN 5? Simply put, Hyperkin promises it’ll play a slew of classic games from Nintendo and Sega and address a major problem — those old games look great on the CRT sets for which they were designed, but look awful on …

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[9 May 2013 | No Comment | 3,092 views]
Awesome Site of the Week: ‘The Video Game Critic’

It’s recently come to my attention that some people in the world don’t stay glued to First Arkansas News. Indeed, it would seem the Internet is about a whole lot more than just this site. While that is a blow (heck, an outright kick) to the old ego, we’re more than willing to roll with the punches over here.
To that end, it’s time to start a new series — Awesome Site of the Week. Consider this series to be a guide — something you can rely on to tell you …