Let’s say, once upon a time, you owned a NES, Super NES, Genesis, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance. And for whatever reason, you had to part ways with all that hardware, but still have some software.
Now, let’s also say you wanted to play said games, but aren’t up to the task of hunting down all the appropriate consoles. Mostly because eBay is your only real option, and not a good one at that.
You could potentially pay too much for something that ultimately disappoints; your eyes were not deceiving you; there were no cigarette burns on that SNES in the auction gallery.
Anyhow, all those concerns are a thing to the past, thanks to the Hyperkin RetroN 5 Retro Gaming System.
Actually, it plays NES, Famicom, Super NES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games, so it’s actually an eight in one system (there are no region locks for Game Boy software).
The all-in-one machine will not only accept games for each and every system (regardless of where they’re from, so both NTSC and PAL carts will work), there’s also two controller ports for each system in case you have those lying around. If not, the RetroN 5 has it own custom Bluetooth controller included.
So what’s the deal here? Are you familiar with the term Famiclones? As the name implies, they’re copycats of original gaming gear, which the RetroN 5 most certainly is. Most do the job of playing classic games, though the quality often varies, and rarely are they as good as genuine hardware.
Though the RetroN 5 is still worth checking out, if only for one other feature: it outputs video via HDMI at 720p, something none of the original systems are even close to being able to do. For those interested, the RetroN 5 is available for pre-order via Amazon.
The cost is $99.99, which is considerably more than most Famiclones, though considering all it does, perhaps the price is worth it?