You’ve probably seen consoles similar to this before, in fact I remember reading about the Retron 3 a few years ago but I never really paid it much attention. This one seems to have grabbed the attention of a few tech sites though, mostly due to its insane console compatibility I assume. The idea is that it consolidates all (most) your old consoles into one device that is capable of accepting original cartridges from them all. It comes with a controller but you can also plug your official controllers in thanks to the vast array of ports on each side. Not only that, if you wanted you could use the controller from 1 system to play games of another.
The Retron 5 states that it can play cartridges from 9 different systems, though that’s a little misleading. It plays games from the NES (Famicom), SNES (Super Famicom), Mega Drive (Genesis), GBA, GB Color and original Game Boy. Of course those machines in brackets are just overseas equivalents with slightly different shaped carts, so whilst it can accept all 9 of those cartridges, it only really plays the games of 5 systems. Still, that’s a pretty impressive feat.
The machine is going to be available “after June” and will apparently cost no more than $100.
Although the video contains a Q&A section at the end, unless I missed it nobody asks how this is accomplished. From what I read it is hardware emulation (similar to K1 and K101) rather than software and the guys speaking at the press conference reckon it’ll give 100% compatibility, even with Special Chip carts. Here’s a recording from the press conference. Despite the Retron 4 talk at the start of the vid, you’ll soon see that it’s actually the Retron 5 they’re talking about.
I’m a little skeptical, but then again I’ve never used any of their previous consoles so for all I know they could have achieved what they claim. Any readers own one of Hyperkin’s older consoles? How does it perform?