RetroN 5 Game Console Runs NES, SNES, Genesis, GBA And Famicom Games

By Ishaan . March 27, 2013 . 11:45pm

Videgame peripheral manufacturer Hyperkin have announced the RetroN 5, a game console capable of playing NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Game Boy Advance and Famicom cartridges. The system will be compatible with both NTSC and PAL cartridges, and will also support HDMI output with up to 720p resolution.



The RetroN 5 will have two controller ports for each platform (6 in total). You’ll be able to use your existing controllers and the device and will come with one wireless controller of its own included. It will also support button re-assignment across all controllers, as well as manual and passive overclocking to speed up and slow down the games being played on it.


Additionally, the RetroN 5 will also support save states, and in terms of game compatibility, Hyperkin say they’re aiming for 100% compatibility with all cartridges on the RetroN 5, including those using FX chips.


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  • That’s amazing. I wonder if 2-Player is supported for the GBA games.

    • KotaroInugami

      What GBA game is two players on one screen? O.o?

      • Split screen. I don’t think you need that much screen space for a GBA game. D:

      • Why WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! and WarioWare: Twisted! of course. =p

  • Zenthos

    Any PC could do this at 1080p with no lag whatsoever….WITH a controller of your liking. I don’t see so much potential with this system (imo).

    • For people who don’t want to illegally download games and play them on the PC? Collectors?

      Also you missed the part where you can have the original consoles’ controllers with this console.

      • CirnoLakes

        “illegally download games and play them on the PC?”
        Emulation does not equal piracy.

        Playing console games on the PC does not equal piracy.

        • DurableTomb

          It’s a matter of how emulation is used. If one uses emulation to play a game that just came out, simply to avoid paying for it despite the fact that they easily could, that is morally questionable. If one were to use emulation to play a game that is no longer sold, rare, nigh impossible to acquire legitimately, or one that they had already purchased previously, then that is more kosher. For example, I only ever use emulators to aid in translating games that I have imported.

          • The ONLY way emulation can be used legally is to play backups of games you already own. No matter how old, rare or downright unobtainable a game is, you aren’t allowed to emulate it if you don’t have a legitimate copy.

            You might say that’s unfair, but the law is the law. I’m not saying you should give up emulation because of that, but if we spread information based around what WE believe is fair, ignoring what the law states, people will start growing misconceptions about the whole issue and believe they’re entitled to something – in this case, emulating classic games – which they’re really not.

          • CirnoLakes

            “It’s a matter of how emulation is used.”
            That could be said of pretty much any platform of play.

            Emulations is uses by all sorts of companies officially. I’ve bought several SEGA Genesis games for the PC like Phantasy Star. And it is running on a Genesis PC emulator made by SEGA, I believe.

            If you own the game, it isn’t piracy. The point of emulation isn’t to bypass buying anything. It is to play it on another platform. Many of us choose emulation because we prefer to play games on the PC but many Japanese companies do not allow us to do so officially.

            So we have to jump through hoops to play those console games on the PC. If the main draw of emulation was piracy, then people wouldn’t be so much emulating as they’d be just be cracking consoles.

            It has been said that piracy is a service problem. If anything, emulation shows an unserviced PC fanbase for console games. That many people pirate through emulation doesn’t really prove to me that it is what emulators are primarily used for. What it tells me is that there is a large non-console fanbase for these games.

            When I brought up that emulation is not piracy, it had nothing to do with obscure console stuff that is impossible to acquire. I’m talking about emulating games you own. That is not piracy. That is what emulators are intended for. That is normal emulation usage.

      • Okay, so if I missed out on the 90s like games such as Tech Romancer or Earthbound – and I want to experience them, I HAVE to buy them (i.e. give money to some collectors NOT the game company) or else I am a part of the whole piracy thing? There’s difference between pirating a modern day game that’s still getting sold and a game that’s not getting sold anymore by companies but merely by second-hand stores and/or collectors.
        I don’t see the harm it could do to download all the Suikoden games (except 1 because that’s on the PSN :/ … yeah …), but okay.

        • “I HAVE to buy them (i.e. give money to some collectors NOT the game company) or else I am a part of the whole piracy thing?”

          Yes. that’s how it works. The only viable alternative is officially licensed emulation, like the PS1 Classics and Virtual Console services. Nintendo just needs to hurry the hell up with Earthbound already ;-P

          • I use the PS1 Classics and I have used VC but PSN is far more flexible, but I digress. If I am going to buy Earthbound, the money will go to the company and not to the collector.

        • Mozendo

          There’s a difference between owning a legal copy of a game and downloading a mass produced pirated one. It’s not about supporting the company, it’s about following the law. Not everyone is a fan of piracy.

          Also you mean to tell me that you never bought something from a second-hand shop or sold something you’ve owned? Stuff gets discontinued all the time, that’s why people buy extra copies of limited editions and sell them. There’s nothing wrong with making profit, I have no idea why pirates hate this so much when chances are they’d probably want to make some extra cash from selling their used goods too.

          • You are just merely using the law as the reason, but most people tend to give the reason that if you pirate that by default you are a threat to the gaming industry. It’s Nintendo’s fault if they don’t want to re-release Earthbound. It’s Konami’s fault they don’t want to release Suikoden (if they did, they would earn money instead of those self-righteous greedy collectors who sell it for over 200$). It’s the companies’ decision to not localize games such as Jump Ultimate Stars, so I don’t see any reason in giving my money to someone for a game that was never intended to be in my hands (country) or for a game that doesn’t profit any game developer or company.

    • Syn

      Dont forget the lovely filtering, super eagle or 2xsal anyone??

  • Suicunesol


    It runs NES, SNES, Sega Genesis,GBA, Famicom cartridges…

    And yet the controller, instead of a D-pad, uses an analog stick. Is an analog stick the optimum way of playing these old games? I’m not sure…

    • If it works like my Neo Geo pocket color or any of the Neo Geo out there, I think it should be fine. The way they designed the analog makes it feel almost superior to the D-PAD.

      If not, I think you could just attach the controllers for that specific console for the game you’re playing.

      • That’s not an analog stick, though. It’s a plain old digital thumbstick, and I doubt that Hyperkin’s going to go the SNK / PDP route and use microswitches for the thumbstick like NGP(C) and the Versus Fighting Pad™, respectively.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    IIRC they’re aiming for less than $100 for the price. It’s pretty cool. I just hope the upscaling doesn’t make the games look too weird though.

  • Tg

    So, I can pop all my SNES games and one saved Genesis game with this thing? Sweeeeeeeeeeet… Although I still have my SNES, compatibility between that and an HD TV isn’t feasible in this day and age. Maybe, I should wait until an N64 compatibility is added on…..

  • Tails the Foxhound

    I doubt it, but does this thing support GBA Link Cables? That’d be amazing, lol.

  • Tom

    WOW! This soulds like a must have.

  • michel

    awful design, but great idea!

  • CirnoLakes

    I don’t understand the point of 720p output unless they have filters or something.

    • lunarwhale

      if I had to guess it’s to guarantee sharpness with the image, but it seems pretty excessive, yeah.

    • anarchy_panty

      I assume it’s to insure compatibility with modern televisions. Even with filters, upscaling 240i to 720p is going to (and does already) look pretty janky, imo. A nice old CRT is the only way to go with these old games.

      EDIT: I’d also like to point out that this uses software emulation to run the games, hence its ability to upscale so dramatically. The only thing this offers that your PC doesn’t is the ability to boot your game carts.

    • Juan Andrés Valencia

      Check out the website, it even supports smoothing and it looks great. If this works properly then I will start dancing Party In The USA using a mini skirt and a baby T-Shirt.

      • Craig Mikucki

        This is kind of off topic, but I felt the need to say that you need no reason to start dancing to Party In The USA.

        • Juan Andrés Valencia

          It’s the most embarrassing song on my iPod so I’ll pick that one.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    10/10 would buy I hope it wont cost much

  • Kyosuke Yoshino

    Is this supported by Nintendo? Isn’t this illegal otherwise?

    • Mozendo

      Can’t be certain, but I remember reading that it is legal. When a certain amount of years pass (not sure if it varies) the patent (or whatever it’s called in this case) becomes usable to everyone and they’re free to make their own variation of the said console.

      Plus, if it wasn’t legal I’m pretty sure that Hyperkin’s previous third-party consoles would of caught Nintendo’s attention after the attention their SupaBoy product got.

      • Kyosuke Yoshino

        I see, I didn’t know of their previous consoles, but that’s good to know, as the concept is interesting!

    • NeoAthanasius

      It’s entirely legal. Technology patents expire much quicker than copywrite law does. Thankfully Disney isn’t involved much in technology. They are the reason why copy write law is so crazy.

  • You know, if this console could also run Dreamcast and PS2 games, I’d be sold in an instant.

  • thaKingRocka

    Very nice. I’m digging it. It gives the legit cart owners a way to play without hooking everything up again via composite or s-video, which look pretty rough on a 720p set and worse on a 1080p set.

  • I know it’s really difficult to make something with five cartridge slots look anything other than monstrously ugly, but couldn’t they have at least tried? This retro Frankestein’s outstanding hideousness is going to haunt my dreams forever.

    • M’iau M’iaut

      I’d suspect they make things as basic as possible should they have to ‘remove’ features later. Although these are indeed designed to work with legit software carts, such systems have been challenged in the past based upon how they went around doing the emulating.

  • Spirit Macardi

    I notice that none of these reproduction multi-consoles ever have Sega Master System or TurboGrafx16 support.

    Also, you’d think by now that someone would try recreating old CD consoles. One could be a lot more streamlined in appearance, since you’d only need one CD tray, and seeing as Sega CD and Saturn games aren’t available on VC, PSN, etc. there could be a nice untapped market out there to take advantage of.

    • Mozendo

      The moment that a Retron console gets SMS and N64 support I’ll buy it. I don’t want to waste my money if they’re going to announce the version I want in a year or so. D:

  • Meh, if it’s anything like the FCtwin I bought a couple years ago it’ll work but be a shoddy piece of equipment and smell like permanent marker. I bought a Super Famicom off ebay and it works just fine, it just feels cooler knowing you have the real thing.

  • MrRobbyM

    I’m all for being able to play GBA games on the big screen. I’ll definitely look into this as long as the price isn’t ridiculous.

  • I can finally sell my Gameboy player then. Excellent. Can’t wait ti pick this up.

  • Ricardo C

    The lack of GB and GBC support is disturbing.

    Maybe a disc version later on? I would like to play Sega Saturn and DreamCast but I can find them all over the place where I live in the states it’s ridiculously easy to find them and very cheap (less than $10).

  • Does anyone know if the console will be compatible with Gameboy/Gameboy Color cartridges?

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