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#1 J7.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 04:27 AM

Retron 5 releases after June 2013. Supposed to be less than $100. Comes with 2 controllers. Can save games to cart, console, or card. 720P upscaling.
 

Hyperkin revealed the Retron 5 at the Midwest Gaming Classic today and it looks like I was right about quite a bit of it.

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It will have dedicated slots for NES, SNES, Genesis, GameBoy AND Famicom games. The GameBoy slot will play GB, GBC and GBA games.
It will be able to play PAL Games
It will come with a Bluetooth Controller with six face buttons and two shoulder buttons. It will be able to support 4 controllers.
It will have six ports to use the original controllers and you will be able to use any controller for any console.
It will be the first clone to use software emulation as opposed to hardware emulation that's not a dedicated tv-game console like the Atari Flashback 3.
It will be powered by an ARM Chip, not a NES on a chip.
It has an HDMI port, RCA ports and a rear USB port.
It has its own interface that will allow for game saves, programmable buttons, cheat codes and overclocking games.
It will autosave when you turn off the console.
It will be using some sort of digital program to help improve the sound as well as video scaling.
No release date or pricing was announced

http://slashdot.org/...assic-consoles/

I'm really excited about this release! This looks like the executive level clone that I've been dreaming of! :bouncy:

 


Edited by J7., 04 August 2013 - 04:12 AM.


#2 Richard Kain

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 04:02 PM

Those sound like some pretty nice features. I am especially intrigued by the HD upscaling. Playing classic consoles on my flat screen through composite cables always looks like crap. Having some nice, accurate pixel scaling, and possibly multiple options for that scaling, would be really nice.

I would like to hear more about the features of this fami-clone. If its interface and upscaling are good enough, I would be willing to drop around $100 on it.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 04:09 PM

Cautiously optimistic. If I find out this can properly emulate SNES games - the music NEVER seems to be 100% - then I'll get one. I love my old systems but a quality clone would suffice.


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#4 KillerRamen

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 08:32 PM

Yeah... This is probably a day one purchase for me. I know it's not going to be perfect, but getting these games over an HDMI connection is just too awesome. I really hope they do a good job on it and don't go cheap on materials like so many other clones.
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#5 KillerRamen

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 08:43 PM

Those sound like some pretty nice features. I am especially intrigued by the HD upscaling. Playing classic consoles on my flat screen through composite cables always looks like crap. Having some nice, accurate pixel scaling, and possibly multiple options for that scaling, would be really nice.

I would like to hear more about the features of this fami-clone. If its interface and upscaling are good enough, I would be willing to drop around $100 on it.


I agree. I know people have been trying to mod their NES systems to do HDMI with some success, but a well made clone with HDMI would be more ideal for me since I really don't like doing that kind of stuff to older consoles. http://www.nintendoa...&threadid=92557

It's going to be interesting to see what kind of a system they use. I've been thinking that someone eventually is going to use an ARM processor for NES/SNES emulation eventually and it almost sounds like that's what they're doing if it's going to have an independent operating system with save features.
(They've been using ARM chips for the Flashback 3 and 4)
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Posted 05 March 2013 - 09:49 PM

It's probably not going to play that Speedy Gonzales game any better than usual, since I heard only byuu's emulator works with it.

I'm shocked by the GBA support, but I guess it would be nice for those without a GB player. Promising HDMI and Bluetooth sounds like it's going to be $100 easy at retail. If Hyperkin bothered to make great controllers, it could be worth the loftier tag.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 02:45 AM

Cool looking forward to that:)

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:33 PM

Im really excited about this.....i run all my consoles with s-video outputs on a upscaler (composite-svideo to hdmi) and its look great on HD television, but composite on the same scaler it doesnt look good , lately i have been playin my NES only on emulators beacuse i cant stand how it looks on the tv (I miss my CRT)... if Retro 4 does a good job upscaling the NES game i will buy one hands down......
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Posted 07 March 2013 - 11:54 PM

Are these newer retro consoles better than they have been in the past? Some of that stuff sounds real nice but given how most of these are cheaply made in China, they always seem to have a lot of problems.

I have a Retro Dou but the shitty audio in NES games and compatibility issues with some very common games makes makes it kinda pointless. I'd much rather have a NES and SNES around so I don't have to deal with those issues.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:31 AM

If it does work with no audio issues I would consider grabbing one for flea market finds. There are a ton of old games around here if you know where to look.
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#11 J7.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 06:42 AM

Retron 4 will be launching end of March 2013. Updated.

Are these newer retro consoles better than they have been in the past? Some of that stuff sounds real nice but given how most of these are cheaply made in China, they always seem to have a lot of problems.

I have a Retro Dou but the shitty audio in NES games and compatibility issues with some very common games makes makes it kinda pointless. I'd much rather have a NES and SNES around so I don't have to deal with those issues.


If I recall correctly the Retron 3 has been known to be better than the Retro Duo. I forget how much better and the details though. To me, this Retron 4 might be the first Clone model that surpasses the original consoles.

#12 Richard Kain

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:01 PM

Are these newer retro consoles better than they have been in the past? Some of that stuff sounds real nice but given how most of these are cheaply made in China, they always seem to have a lot of problems.


Well, they are produced cheaply in China, so the build quality is never going to be what you would get out of an official Nintendo product. (which are all know for being tanks)

At the same time, I believe that they have been managing to make improvements with each iteration. The Retron 3 is apparently able to play Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse without any problems. (a common compatibility hiccup with past fami-clones) So it seems Hyperkin has actually been improving on their designs as they've come out with newer versions.

It wouldn't hurt to read some reviews and first-hand accounts before dropping money on any of these. But their low price often makes them worth it if you already collect old cartridges. Having a device around that can play all of those old games helps keep shelf space free, and reduces wear-and-tear on the original consoles themselves.

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 06:08 AM

Well, they are produced cheaply in China, so the build quality is never going to be what you would get out of an official Nintendo product. (which are all know for being tanks)

At the same time, I believe that they have been managing to make improvements with each iteration. The Retron 3 is apparently able to play Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse without any problems. (a common compatibility hiccup with past fami-clones) So it seems Hyperkin has actually been improving on their designs as they've come out with newer versions.

It wouldn't hurt to read some reviews and first-hand accounts before dropping money on any of these. But their low price often makes them worth it if you already collect old cartridges. Having a device around that can play all of those old games helps keep shelf space free, and reduces wear-and-tear on the original consoles themselves.


I did read quite a few reviews and at the time, it was the best overall. Pretty much every review noted the audio issues but I didn't think I'd notice them. But when I fired up my first NES game, it definitely stands out.

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#14 KillerRamen

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 06:15 PM

Are these newer retro consoles better than they have been in the past? Some of that stuff sounds real nice but given how most of these are cheaply made in China, they always seem to have a lot of problems.

I have a Retro Dou but the shitty audio in NES games and compatibility issues with some very common games makes makes it kinda pointless. I'd much rather have a NES and SNES around so I don't have to deal with those issues.


Based on the features and the limited amount of information they've been giving out, it does seem like they're trying to make their product better. The clones do have problems and are more of a novelty right now, but I do feel that they have been getting better and the picture (well, partial picture) of the Retron 4 console does look pretty sweet.

As retro-gamers are getting older and have more disposable income, I think that there is a market for a high quality clone (especially one with HDMI). Hopefully this is it, but we're really going to have to wait and see.
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Posted 12 March 2013 - 05:26 AM

Looking forward to finding out more on this upcoming clone system. The HDMI is a definite draw, and I'm hoping they've improved on any compatibility (and sound) issues from the previous systems.

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 05:45 PM

I'm probably in for one. I have a retro duo and the retro gen. Its kind of anoying. The gba function would be cool too. I've only heard GBA compatible though. not a big deal. most gbc games I didn't have an interest in, an GB games can be played threw the snes adapter. (I mostly play rpg's, and the gbc didnt have much selection)

the hdmi isn't a big deal for me, but if it can make the picture better on my flat screen, +1

#17 KillerRamen

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 10:07 PM

Hyperkin revealed the Retron 5 at the Midwest Gaming Classic today and it looks like I was right about quite a bit of it.

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It will have dedicated slots for NES, SNES, Genesis, GameBoy AND Famicom games. The GameBoy slot will play GB, GBC and GBA games.
It will be able to play PAL Games
It will come with a Bluetooth Controller with six face buttons and two shoulder buttons. It will be able to support 4 controllers.
It will have six ports to use the original controllers and you will be able to use any controller for any console.
It will be the first clone to use software emulation as opposed to hardware emulation that's not a dedicated tv-game console like the Atari Flashback 3.
It will be powered by an ARM Chip, not a NES on a chip.
It has an HDMI port, RCA ports and a rear USB port.
It has its own interface that will allow for game saves, programmable buttons, cheat codes and overclocking games.
It will autosave when you turn off the console.
It will be using some sort of digital program to help improve the sound as well as video scaling.
No release date or pricing was announced

http://slashdot.org/...assic-consoles/

I'm really excited about this release! This looks like the executive level clone that I've been dreaming of! :bouncy:

Edited by KillerRamen, 24 March 2013 - 02:58 AM.

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#18 Strell

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 02:16 AM

Welp, there goes me wanting a Retron 4....


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#19 MoCiWe

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 02:29 AM

Whoa, that 5 definitely looks sweet. Agree with Strell that I don't want the 4 now either, hopefully the date/price stuff gets announced soon.
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#20 KillerRamen

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 02:55 AM

This is the 4th Retron Console. It's now being called the Retron 5 and not the Retron 4.
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#21 MoCiWe

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 03:00 AM

Ah, was unaware of that. I never picked up one of these new "retro" styled consoles before so never really looked into them that much. Thanks for the clarification though, I suppose it wouldn't make sense to release this before the 4 was even out if it was a separate console.
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#22 Strell

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 05:04 AM

Oh.

Sweet then! Retron 5 here I come!


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#23 J7.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 05:57 AM

Thank you KillerRamen, added your info to the OP.

Wow awesome! No more worrying about save batteries ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Supposed to be less than $100! Controller dpad looks more like a digital analog pad, that sucks. Everything else is awesome though.

#24 anotherpoorgamer

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 11:35 AM

This seems nice. Never owned a clone, unless you count those plug and play games with NES games on them.

#25 Strell

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 01:12 PM

Controller dpad looks more like a digital analog pad, that sucks.


Yeah, not wild about the look of the dpad. But if I can use stock controllers, then that's not such a big deal.


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#26 TrumpetDan

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 05:27 PM

Very cool info on the Retron 5! I'm very much looking forward to picking one up. And the ability to play GB and GBC games is a nice added feature as well. I'm with most of you that I'll prefer using my original controllers.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 07:23 PM

That console looks like shit. The controller looks like shit. But those features are too hard to pass up on... ARM chip and software emulation will likely mean the system will have much better compatibility and AV quality the past consoles.

It'll probably be very expensive but I want it.

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#28 J7.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 03:49 AM

I hear the upscaling is going to be 720p and it may release as early as July and they may be looking into N64/PS1 emulation when those system's patents expire, don't know when that is though.

#29 pat87

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 04:03 PM

This is the 4th Retron Console. It's now being called the Retron 5 and not the Retron 4.


The number refers to the amount of cart slots it has, not the order it was released.

The retron 2, for example, came out after the retron 3.

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#30 Richard Kain

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 04:32 PM

It's pretty much all of my retro console dreams come true. I had been hankering for a clone system that would let me try out famicom and super famicom titles. Import collection scene, here I come!

Yeah, this clone is going to be a day-one purchase for me. It has everything I would want.