The RetroN is a series of video game consoles created and developed by Hyperkin which allows users to play old video games from consoles, such as the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Super NES. Since the release of the RetroN 5, they have been connected via HDMI. The latest in the series, RetroN 5, was released in 2014.
RetroN 2 was released in 2012, and plays NES and SNES games.
The RetroN 5 was released in 2014. It is the latest console in the series. The console is designed to run games from nine different platforms: NES, Famicom, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance cartridges via HDMI, similar to the RetroN 4. It was described to have a good feel and run smoothly, but the look of the console was as good as expected. The developers behind the RetroArch project claimed "the RetroN 5 violates several licenses". This was because the console used the Genesis Plus GX and SNES9x Next emulators to launch some games. Both of the emulators are filed under a non-commercial license, thus meaning they cannot be used in commercial products, such as the RetroN 5.
The RetroN 5 received a mixed reception from critics. Huffington Post writer Michael Rundle gave the console a 4.5 out of 5 but said he wished it looked better and had the ability to play more consoles, such as the BBC Micro, Amiga and the Atari. Brian Easton of BoingBoing said the quality is good although it "requires more force to remove [the cartridges] than feels comfortable".
Manufactured alongside the RetroN 5 since May 2017, this console is basically a re-release of the original RetroN, with HD output and a more authentic-looking controller. Many critics and analysts believe that Hyperkin released the RetroN HD in response to Nintendo having discontinued the NES Classic Edition. The console received a mostly positive review from GameSpot.
In 2017, Hyperkin announced the RetroN 77, a clone of the Atari 2600 video game console. Unlike recent clones in the Atari Flashback series, the RetroN 77 will play original cartridges as opposed to containing pre-installed games. The console was expected to launch during the 2017 holiday season. The Retron 77 comes with four pack in homebrew games; Astronomer, Baby, Muncher 77 and Nexion 3D.
Supa RetroN HD
Following Nintendo's announcement of the Super NES Classic Edition, Hyperkin announced they were developing the Supa RetroN HD, a high-definition clone of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Keeping in line with their previous RetroN consoles, the Supa RetroN HD will support original Super NES cartridges rather than featuring built-in games.
The RetroN 4 was revealed at the 2013 Midwest Gaming Classic, on March 23. It used HDMI to run games from the NES, SNES, Genesis, and the Game Boy line of portable platforms (Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance). In March 2014 it was announced it would not be released, but instead they would release a newer version of it called RetroN 5, because it now had 5 slots instead of four.
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