Listings for pre-orders of Hyperkin's much-anticipated retro game machine, the RetroN5, started appearing across various websites this last week. As expected, the RetroN5 will retail for $99.99, and it was announced today that it will be released on December 10th!
For those not in the know, the RetroN5 is Hyperkin's latest 'clone' console which takes such devices into the next generation-- by utilizing modern technology and making custom chipsets, the console is designed to play your classic Famicom, NES, Super NES, Genesis, and Game Boy Advance games on your tv through HDMI. Everything has been upscaled and is using the best components to make your classic games look as good as they possibly can on modern televisions.
The device features some trickery that emulator users may be familiar with, such as custom video filters, built-in cheats, and save states. Game saves can also be transferred from one RetroN5 to another online, and the system is capable of firmware updates through a single USB port to improve quality and game compatibility. As Hyperkin has said time and again, their goal is 100% compatibility over time.
The system comes with a wireless bluetooth controller, but also allows up to two normal controllers for each system. What's more is that you can custom map any controller to any system. Want to play Street Fighter II Turbo on your Super Nintendo with a Genesis controller? Go right ahead!
As for console compatibility, it has cartridge slots for Famicom, NES, SNES, Genesis, and Game Boy Advance. The console is also region free, so you can play your Super Famicom and Mega Drive games on the machine, and the Game Boy slot is fully backwards compatible with Game Boy and Game Boy Color. To make this compatibility even better, the machine comes with an AC adapter with four variable head sockets for different voltages so you can play any game from around the world in just about any major region of the world. Europeans rejoice! Now everyone will be able to play every classic game they've missed out on due to region exclusivity without mods or converters.
It was also announced today that one of the reasons for the system's delay was so that it could be redesigned to accomodate the Sega Power Base Converter, which allows the Sega Genesis to play Master System games. Another reason for the redesign cited better ventilation, and no images of the new redesign have been released as of yet.
I've been watching this all summer long. Glad to see this finally has a date. My retro consoles look like crap on my current TV. Great for those with old collections and no CRT.