RetroN 5 to Release on December 10th

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

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RetroN 5

With the release hubbub going on for the PS4 and the Xbox One, we sometimes forget there is going to be another console released this year, as well. As someone who has a vast amount of retro games and increasingly limited space, I’ve been looking forward to the RetroN 5 ever since it was announced. My hands-on with it at E3 2013 only made my excitement for it more intense. Well, the wait is almost over! The RetroN 5 will be released December 10th!

For those unfamiliar with the RetroN 5, it’s a console that can play all your NES, SNES, Genesis, Famicom, and GBA cartridges with added modern conveniences, such as save states, upscaled resolutions and sound. Be sure to order yours today!

Read the original press release below.

Hyperkin to Release RetroN 5 on December 10, 2013

Leading video game peripherals company to release the RetroN 5 during holiday season.

EL MONTE, CA (SEPTEMBER 2013) – Hyperkin has set December 10, 2013 as the official release date for the RetroN 5. The RetroN 5 plays NES, SNES, Genesis and GBA cartridges all in one convenient console. The US release will coincide with the European release, with the MSRP set at $99.99 in the US and €89.99 in the European territories.

Hyperkin explains the delay in release was due to several key modifications made to the console shown at E3. The shell design was changed to allow for better ventilation, as well as accommodations to use the Sega Power Base Converter allowing users to play Master System cartridges on the console.

All versions of the RetroN 5 will come with an power adapter with four variable head sockets to fit multiple regions with the voltage ranging from 110 to 240 volts.

Hyperkin also confirms that the release date of October 31, 2013 listed on Amazon was a placeholder, and that Amazon has been contacted to correct the release date.

“RetroN 5 will be the most amazing classic game console.” said Steven Mar, Hyperkin’s Executive Director. “We thank everyone who has been patient and supportive of Hyperkin during development.”

For more information or media requests, please contact: Follow Hyperkin on Twitter and like them on Facebook for the latest news and information regarding Hyperkin.”

  • Yes yes, Late, old news, whatever. Still awesome.

    • RagunaXL

      very awesome! the price of a nes-to-famicom converter makes this well worth it. also a one stop machine for gen, nes, etc… but most importantly, Golden Sun on the big screen!

  • Nick McGuire

    Not trying to be a dick, this is an honest question.

    What makes this better than the Ouya that can emulate those -and- N64/Ps1 titles?

    • Draco Breach

      The RetroN5 plays your legal carts. The Ouya illegally emulates pirated games.

      legal > illegal

    • Nick McGuire

      Point taken.

      Though it’s not inherently illegal. Dumping your own roms is well within the law.

    • Draco Breach

      Of course, you can legally backup any media you own and continue to own. Unfortunately, these distribution channels have become notorious for piracy.

      I still own all the consoles I emulate and games I ROM, and I’ve played my fair share of ROM-hacks. However, I still like to pull out my carts, and the RetroN5 takes up much less real estate than my retro consoles.

      It’s easier to find a permanent home.

    • Nick McGuire

      I find myself in agreement.

    • RagunaXL

      them’s sounds like wiggle words tuh me. totally illegal. good luck if you ever find yourself in court for the matter. most 16-bit and earlier games state that the cartridge is a distribution method for your licensing of the game. just like xbox live arcade or wiiware you are licensing the USE of the game, which the cartridge being property of the manufacturer. they can recall it at any given time for any reason.

    • Nicholas Perry

      And it’s easy to dump your own ROMs these days thanks to things like the Retron and the many copiers from back in the day

    • For me personally, I don’t like to emulate, and I like owning the original cartridges. So something like this is a godsend because I get to put away the old consoles, and I get the perks of what an emulator would provide for me, namely the save states.

    • Nicholas Perry

      But you are still emulating. This is just an emulator that plays the rom off the cart instead of on board storage.

      There’s nothing that says you can’t play emulated games with ROMs with carts you own.
      It’s not illegal to have a ROM of a game you own either.

      I like to put a game cart or case out when i’m playing through emulation

    • I’m not arguing, I’m just stating what I personally like to do. What anyone else does is none of my business.

  • ffboi7

    hmm that controller…. why no dpad?