Being a current-gen gamer comes at a hefty price – very, very literally. For all the uncanny and bleeding-edge revolutionary experiences hardware advancements have made to the point that consoles pack processing on par with many a starter gaming PC or laptop, triple-A releases are sometimes so much sizzle and so little steak in terms of graphics-versus-fun, that we pine restlessly for a time when gameplay was virtually everything.
Hyperkin touts the all-digital HDMI RetroN 5 as “the ultimate HD remake”. We’re extremely hard-pressed to argue. It is indeed the first and only cartridge-based console of its kind to support the following legendary generations in a single unit in crystal-clear updated visual quality:
- Super Famicom
- Game Boy
- Game Boy Color
- Game Boy Advance
- Sega Genesis
- Mega Drive
Suddenly, pioneering classic titles from two of gaming’s greatest legacy companies are reborn with improved and enhanced interpolated sound and crisp 720p maximum output resolution up to 60 frames per second. Every format packaged into the RetroN 5 provides digital enhancement upgrades with PAL and NTSC version support for HD filters and upconversions.
Screenshot captures and on-the-fly save states now add new modern dimensions to incomparable favorites that dress them in all the fancy conveniences we could’ve only dreamed of in some cases as kids. At the same time, if the included all-purpose Bluetooth wireless controllers with 25 feet of range aren’t your speed, the side-mounted slots support all original first-party and aftermarket SNES, NES and Genesis controllers. Expand your storage space set aside for saves and shareable JPEG screenshots by adding a memory card to the rear SD slot. The possibilities have never run deeper. No Game Genie hardware needed, either: the indispensable device’s treasure trove of cheats that made Sega and Nintendo see red has been coded right into the console for mid-game access at any time.
The future we dreamed of decades ago is now.