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[22 May 2014 | 5 Comments | 9,337 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 | 3 Comments | 7,907 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 | One Comment | 10,218 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 …

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[1 Aug 2013 | 5 Comments | 17,755 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 | 4,830 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 …

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[7 Jun 2013 | One Comment | 5,219 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 …

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[25 May 2013 | One Comment | 7,422 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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[1 Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | 9,964 views]
Sega Dreamcast — why on earth did this fail?

The Sega Dreamcast is, quite simply, one of my favorite video game consoles produced.
When it came out in 1998, there was nothing that could touch it in terms of screen resolution, three-dimensional gaming and outright fun. By 2001, Sega had withdrawn from the North American console market entirely and has pretty well concentrated on software development for other systems since then.
So, what on earth happened to this great little console? To understand that, an understanding of video game history is in order.
The Sega Dreamcast was the first 128-bit system on …

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[25 Dec 2010 | 6 Comments | 4,319 views]
Super NES — a 16-bit classic

Every year around this time, it’s easy to start thinking of great video game systems of the past.
A lot of us who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s wished for, hoped for and asked Santa Claus to deliver the latest video game console on Christmas morning. Back in 1991, the Super Nintendo (also called the Super NES or SNES). That system came out in August 1991 as Nintendo really needed a console that would do two things — build on the success of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and …

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[3 Dec 2010 | 5 Comments | 4,872 views]
Sega Genesis — kicking off the 16-bit wars

Ah, the famed  Sega Genesis — the system that challenged the formidable Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and ushered in the 16-bit console gaming era in earnest.
By the time the Genesis arrived on the North American scene in 1989 (it was released as the Mega Drive in Japan in 1988), the Nintendo Entertainment System had been around for four years and was starting to show its age. The company did try to take a run at the NES with the Sega Master System, but didn’t achieve much success — Nintendo was …