You Can Play Your Oldies With This New Console

By Eugene . February 7, 2014 . 4:00pm


The Super Retro Trio (SR3 for short) is the dream system you probably don’t need but you probably do want if you’re a collector or just happen to own a lot of ‘90s video games.


It’s a single piece of plastic glory that will play your original Nintendo Entertainment System games, your Super Nintendo games, Sega Genesis titles and—with an adapter—Game Boy Advance cartridges as well.


The black-red system made waves last year at E3 when it was shown off, but unexpected problems with controller mappings in their first few sets set back the system’s launch. The SR3 is now set to be launched by mid-to-late March.


To note, this isn’t their first attempt at the go around. Retro-Bit have been at this awhile, having previously also released the RetroDuo Portable—which lets you play your NES, SNES and Genesis games on-the-go—as well as their Gen-X Console which combined both the NES and Genesis into one.


The Super Retro Trio will set you back US$69.99 while the Super Retro Advance—which lets you play those GBA games by plugging into the SNES socket—is going for a further $44.99.

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  • ShadowDivz

    We’re so advanced, we go back a few years!
    Humanity at it’s finest.

    • chibidw

      Advancement isn’t just doing new things, it’s also being able to do everything you used to do more easily.

    • AlteisenX

      “advancement” can lead to Ouya. We all know how that went…

      • Lucky Dan

        Yep the best emulator console on the planet, I rather pay double the price and get an Ouya which can play all the roms than this system and possible wreck my old games which are like jewels to a gamer.

      • Dystopiq

        Ouya was held back by crappy software and underclocked hardware. If you follow the guides over at XDA you can unlock its full potential and it actually shines.

  • Zer0faith

    Save for the diehard collectors this wouldnt be needed if Nintendo would start updating their Virtual Console like they promised you know.

    • ShadowDivz

      They’re working on region free nintendo consoles..

      Get it? It’s funny because they aren’t!

  • When it said “90’s” I expected PS1 and N64 support too. Still pretty cool, especially with that GBA port.

  • Looks nice and all, but I’ll personally pass..

  • wyrdwad

    Sounds like the Retron-5 is still the better deal (and has a better design to it). But I guess only time will tell which one performs better.

  • RunningWild1984

    You can get the actual hardware and controllers for way less.

    • ChatKnight

      And honestly, the kind of person this device would appeal to probably already has an NES, SNES, and Genesis.

  • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

    A GBA is $5-10 used at used game stores. Why would you even consider $44.99?

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      TV I’m guessing but I seen bootlag systems that plays Emus that cost less

      • ChatKnight

        You can also get one of those GBA-to-Gamecube expansion packs for about the same price, if you still have the GC to use it with.

        • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

          You can also use emulators on PC for any game on a big screen. I have no beef with an emulated game on PC when I actually own the physical copy.

  • Greg

    I can see myself picking this or another model up when I move into an apartment. Less space needed, and way less cords. :D Also don’t like the thought of having to move my old systems around. Then again, those old systems can take quite a beating and work fine.

  • Watch Nintendo sue them

    • DaiRaiOh

      If the BIOS are different, than they can’t do a thing. More so considering there’s no reason for them to ever want to

    • Code

      Unlikely these retro-console devices have been around for a long time, it’s such a niche market, Nintendo/Sega rarely bother them. Plus with stuff like Ouya have actually touting emulators as an actual feature, Nintendo’s done nothing, Nintendo seems to be on the outs for doing this kind of thing lately.

    • Lehiko

      Actually the patent or the copyright (I can never remember which one) has expired for these systems so oddly enough these emulation systems are legal to make and sell.

  • Spirit Macardi

    I’d be more impressed if this wasn’t only emulating consoles that have been done hundreds of times before.

    Someone needs to make a retro system that can play games for the Sega CD, TurboGrafx-16, literally anything else. Do something that no one else is doing; explore new markets already.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      TurboGrafx-16 and Neo-Geo would be nice *the carts cost a arm and car to get tho*

    • Tiredman

      Agree whole heartedly. I have a bunch of Sega CD games I would love to take for a spin again. I still have my original genesis and sega cd, but when I was visiting family when I was a teenager, my 2 younger cousins snuck into my room and took the system and dropped it when they were taking it downstairs to play it. Never worked since and back then I had no clue how to find somebody to fix it. Nowadays, just too big a backlog for me to even think about it. But I would love to have an all in one to replay Warsong, Destiny of an Emperor, Inindo, and so many other games I have but just don’t want to hook up 50 million consoles to play.

      • Spirit Macardi

        You’d thing having a machine that could emulate games from CD-based consoles would be ideal, since you wouldn’t need to have multiple slots for the different consoles. Just a single disc drive.

        • ChatKnight

          Maybe there’s lingering copyright on the data formats for the various older CD-based consoles? Because you make a good point, you would only need a basic DVD drive to emulate pretty much anything.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    I’m waiting for a RetroDuo that plays both N64 and ps1 games or Ps1/Dreamcast, My 64 seen better days lol. As for this thing It does look nice.

  • Kalis Konig

    Would have gotten this had I not had to pay 50 additional bucks for the gba playback. May still get one for my birthday or the holiday though.

  • Kalis Konig

    Actually I may grab one after all seeing as how the gba attachment works on the original snes as well

  • Zeta Kondom

    The only people who want this are gamers who are in their 20’s or 30’s. It’s because it brings back memories as their childhood.

    • Spirit Macardi

      You say that like it’s a bad thing.

  • WolfDuo

    My body is ready for this!
    Who doesn’t like retro gaming?!!?! …You’d have to be soulless

    • ShadowDivz

      i do– Oh, you said doesn’t! Nevermind.
      Yeah you would have to be soulless.

  • Morricane

    And then you still need an old tube-based TV because these low resolutions just don’t look right on today’s digital HD-TVs…

  • Andrés Ortiz Ozeta

    curious about this but i am worried that the sound quality might not be as good as it was on the original consoles… still wanting to hear more about thhis though

  • Ren Yuumei

    Looks like one of those cheap consoles you see at dollar/grocery stores

  • Raine

    GENESIS, on my SNES!?


  • alixraen

    I’d totally buy a disc-based version of this, I have a ton of Playstation, Sega Saturn and 3DO games just lying around…unfortunately I didn’t grow up with Nintendo so I own no cartridges! ^^;

  • Namuro

    Man, the colour scheme kinda hurts my eyes…

  • grevlinghore

    This is what I imagined the Wii would be before it was finally revealed.

  • Tom

    What about games from different regions? Is it region locked or not?
    Actually I’m more interested in Retron 5.

  • Alicemagic

    So it’s a Super Genintari minus Atari.

  • Michael Synodis

    I don’t see the point in these consoles. If you don’t care about 100% authenticity, just plug a PC into your TV and emulate your games. Chances are they will still sound and look better than on one of these consoles.

  • Yeah, I get that this will be useful for some folks, but IMO you might as well just get the three actual systems–they’re basically the three easiest old systems to find, right? It just feels better to have the actual system…
    I think this Super Retro system could have benefited from including a system or two that’s a bit less common to find, like the Master system for example, if we’re sticking with cartridges.

  • Anthony Hadow

    If the virtual console and things like that didnt exists this would have been great. Might have been interested in it if it played gamecube and PS2 games

  • kaotron

    b-but…I already have an emulator…

  • fayt255

    This would be a nice idea but you see these retro consoles all over the place. and the original consoles this this thing supports is not that hard to find.

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    This isn’t new at all, this has been on the market for a while now.

  • DingoOnMy40

    i tried the retron 5 last week at VideoGamesNewYork and ist fantastic. all the games i tried looks great runs stable so far way better than i expected and the setting it has was just like a pc emulator

  • Djanjo Nakkuruzu Fortis

    What if they made this console again but this time….have a USB port that can play ROM you put on it. All of a sudden this thing is better than a lot of alternatives because you pay for the system and you can get the games by whatever means. It’s called ‘Pushing the Bar.’

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