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[22 May 2014 | 5 Comments | 9,232 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 | 7,783 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 | 10,126 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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[7 Jun 2013 | One Comment | 4,915 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 | 7,313 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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[22 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | 7,352 views]
Game Boy — Nintendo dominates the portable market

Every video game fan who was around in the mid-1980s knows Nintendo’s story very well.
A good number of people figured the console industry was pretty well dead thanks to a number of events. There was the so-called Video Game Crash of 1983 and the rise of personal computers that could handle games quite well available at price points that made them attractive to millions of people who couldn’t afford them in the past.
Industry giant Atari was on the ropes while competitors such as Coleco, Mattel and Magnavox were backing out …

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[29 Dec 2010 | 2 Comments | 2,590 views]
Need a new system for those NES and SNES games?

There’s a problem inherent in retrogaming — those old systems do tend to wear out over time, don’t they?
What can you do? You can, of course, head to eBay and replace a broken system, or you could buy something that’s new that emulates an older console.
A lot of companies make those new system that play old games, but how well do they actually work? The prices on them tend to be low, but not so low that you’re willing to throw away some cash on a piece of junk, right? …

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[3 Dec 2010 | 5 Comments | 4,769 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 …

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[28 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments | 3,894 views]
Atari 7800 — playing second fiddle to the NES

As any gaming enthusiast who was around in the early 1980s knows, Atari’s star faded during the Video Game Crash of 1983.
To figure out just where Atari stood after the aforementioned crash, it’s important to understand a bit of history about the company. Atari was founded in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney and then sold to Warner Communications in 1976. Warner made a ton of cash off its Atari brand until the bottom dropped out of the console gaming market.
Warner decided to keep the arcade gaming division of …

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[26 Nov 2010 | 3 Comments | 8,757 views]
Nintendo Entertainment System — revitalizing the console market

Following the Video Game Crash of 1983, people had pretty much written off the console gaming market.
Well, they wrote it off in North America, at least. In Japan, the industry was still booming and Nintendo was leading the pack with its Family Computer (Famicom) system.
Nintendo wanted to release the Famicom in the United States, but was reluctant to compete toe-to-toe with Atari. The company engaged in negotiations to release a redesigned Famicom as an Atari unit, but the parties never reached an agreement.
Nintendo went ahead with a redesign and released …