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Retro Gaming Console Plays Old Sega And Nintendo Games

The RetroN 5 from Hyperkin allows you to dust off your old cartridges for the NES, SNES, Game Boy Advance, Famicom, and Genesis.

Emma Hutchings
Emma Hutchings on March 26, 2013.

Many people have cartridges for old gaming consoles they don’t use anymore. Hyperkin is releasing a new machine that will let you dust off those cartridges and play them from one single console. Announced at the Midwest Gaming Classic at the weekend, the RetroN 5 has five cartridge slots that enable you to play original NES, SNES, Genesis, Famicom, and Game Boy Advance games.

You will also be able to use Super Famicom, Mega Drive, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy cartridges as well. A new chipset ensures that region locks and compatibility aren’t an issue, and the RetroN 5 will play both PAL and NTSC cartridges.

Retro Gaming Console Plays Old Sega And Nintendo Games

The console features six controller ports, allowing gamers to use their original controllers. You can use any controller for any system, for example, you’ll be able to use a SNES controller to play Genesis games. The RetroN 5 will also come with a wireless controller that utilizes Bluetooth technology for a playable distance of over 15 feet, and lets gamers configure it to reassign the buttons.

Most old games didn’t allow you to freely save, but the RetroN 5 will let you save your games at any point during gameplay and will feature an autosave feature upon shutdown. Wired notes that the price is yet to be confirmed but is reported to be around $100, and the console is due to be released in July.

RetroN 5

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