In December of this year, the Hyperkin RetroN 5 will become available to buy. Who are Hyperkin you ask and why should we care about the RetroN 5 ? Hyperkin are a console accessory manufacturer (think Codejunkies with their Action Replay carts) and whilst the majority of their items could be classed as tacky, the RetroN 5 looks like a retro gamers perfect console.
The RetroN 5 is not an emulator, it is a fully fledged combination console that has slots for NES, SNES, Genesis, Megadrive, GBA, Gameboy and Gameboy Colour games; the RetroN 5 is able to play any game from these consoles and is completely region free. This ability means that instead of needing nine seperate consoles everything can run through just one.
The console had received positive feedback at E3 but had been delayed in release simply because they were adding more features, the new look console has been redesigned to allow for better airflow and now has the the added ability to use a Sega Power Base Converter, which allows you to play Master System games.
Prices look to be around £89.99 which for what you get will be an absolute steal, the release date for the console is set to be on December 10th.
Full Press Release:
EL MONTE, CA (SEPTEMBER 2013) – Hyperkin has set December 10, 2013 as the official release date for the RetroN 5. The RetroN 5 plays NES, SNES, Genesis and GBA cartridges all in one convenient console. The US release will coincide with the European release, with the MSRP set at $99.99 in the US and €89.99 in the European territories.
Hyperkin explains the delay in release was due to several key modifications made to the console shown at E3. The shell design was changed to allow for better ventilation, as well as accommodations to use the Sega Power Base Converter allowing users to play Master System cartridges on the console.
All versions of the RetroN 5 will come with an AC adapter with four variable head sockets to fit multiple regions with the voltage ranging from 110 to 240 volts. Hyperkin also confirms that the release date of October 31, 2013 listed on Amazon was a placeholder, and that Amazon has been contacted to correct the release date.
“Retron 5 will be the most amazing classic game console.” said Steven Mar, Hyperkin’s Executive Director. “We thank everyone who has been patient and supportive of Hyperkin during development.”
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