Retro gaming/strange peripheral company Hyperkin sure doesn’t like messing around. Hot off the heels of their fairly popular series of “RetroN” NES/Genesis/SNES clone consoles comes their latest piece of madness, the Retron 5; announced at the 2013 Midwest Gaming Classic expo. With the ability to play cartridges (regardless of region) from no less than five retro consoles (Genesis/Megadrive, NES/Famicom, SNES/Super Famicom, and all permutations of the Gameboy including the Game Boy Advance!), it looks like the company wants total living room retro domination and for you to never hook up another old console again.
If that wasn’t enough, the console hooks up directly to HDMI and upscales to 720p, saves and loads your progress via save states (just like emulators do), lets you mix and match joypads between systems, and even comes with its own custom Bluetooth controller. Literally the only thing it can’t do is make you a sandwich. Although if there’s one complaint I have about this beast, it’s that horrid-looking slider pad. Hyperkin, girl, we have to talk about gettin’ some real d-pads up in there.
The RetroN 5 launches this July at a price of “below $100,” per the announcement. Hyperkin does have a yearly presence at E3 so I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of the console before the actual release date. Right now all they have to show is a mockup render (shown above). I can’t wait!