RetroN 5 delayed until 2014

Launch of retro machine pushed back after faulty pins found in some units.

134 Comments
No Caption Provided

Hyperkin's retro gaming machine the RetroN 5 has been delayed to Q1 2014.

Set to launch in December, the company found that some packaged units had faulty pins, and is now delaying the product to correctly resolve the issue.

The RetroN 5 has slots for NES, SNES, GameBoy Advance, Genesis/Mega Drive, and Famicom cartridges, both NTSC and PAL, and features its own Bluetooth controller alongside support for original NES, SNES, and Genesis peripherals.

Another key feature in the retro device is its ability to output through HDMI, which would allow people a relatively easy way to play their old games on modern television sets.

“We apologize for the inconvenience,” said product manager Lawrence Lee. “Hyperkin would like to thank you for all the support you have given us throughout the development of the RetroN 5. We are looking forward to its release, estimated to be within the first quarter of 2014, as soon as the issue has been resolved.”

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 134 comments about this story
134 Comments  RefreshSorted By 
GameSpot has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to toxic conduct in comments. Any abusive, racist, sexist, threatening, bullying, vulgar, and otherwise objectionable behavior will result in moderation and/or account termination. Please keep your discussion civil.

Avatar image for KingKalo
KingKalo

103

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

Every time I get something new, like Ipad, Wii, Pc, I, for some reason, spend all my time making sure it can play nes and mame and stuff. I spend more time and money retrofying my new tech and never play the games. (I m about halfway through secret of mana on ipad though) feels nice

Upvote • 
Avatar image for daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

First time I've heard about this system. Sounds pretty cool.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

1245

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 17

User Lists: 0

Dude I want one I nvr knew about this nice soo gonna get this.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Marky360
Marky360

5545

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

How much are these to be sold for? Depending in the price I want one as I know of a games hop that sells retro games and they have a lot of titles.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for drybones41
drybones41

71

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

How did i not know about this?

I don't need it but i want it. F-ZERO for the snes on the big screen, hell yes!

2 • 
Avatar image for Takeno456
Takeno456

222

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

I am really looking forward to this system. Looks like I have to wait a bit longer.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for danusty
danusty

125

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Delayed really?!!!! well, good thing I'll be deployed out to sea so I was not going to be able to play my preordered one till I come back which will be after it's release hahaha!

Upvote • 
Avatar image for jtthegame316
jtthegame316

1009

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

wow i might have to have this join my neo geo x

Upvote • 
Avatar image for kend88
KenD88

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

What I have seen on reviews for the Retron 3, they are pretty well built clone consoles. The ability to use different systems all in one is not brand new but what sets these ones apart are the ability to use all original controllers for each system. I would be getting the Retron 3 if it wasnt for the fact that I have all three of those systems anyways, as well as emulators. But I still might invest in one if I can find it cheap just for the ease of testing/playing any of those systems without having to hook up each system. I could have one console always set up.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for riotinto876
riotinto876

72

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 4

User Lists: 0

I don't see how this can compete with all the emulators already running on every single device and PC.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

37

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> That's emulators are largely inaccurate. Very few emulators are close to 100% accuracy, while some systems are impossible to emulate 100% due to quirky hardware configurations on the original consoles.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for DeusGladiorum
DeusGladiorum

89

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Except bsnes. Last time I checked, bsnes (or higan) is a 100% accurate emulator, and all it demands from you is an efficient $150-ish CPU.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for danusty
danusty

125

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> some people like me, gamester81, alphaomegasin, the happy console gamer, retrogamer3, gamesack, avgn, the guy from classicgameroom and many others would rather own and play the real thing.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for megakick
megakick

1931

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

where is turbografx-16 and jaguar slots?

Upvote • 
Avatar image for jZangetsu21
jZangetsu21

211

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Too bad this won't be of use to me. Can't find any NES, SNES, Sega etc. stuff where I live anymore. Would be an awesome console to have :(

Upvote • 
Avatar image for hystavito
hystavito

4755

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> I might actually get one of these if it's not too expensive.

My friend recently gave me a bag of SNES/NES cartridges he was going to throw away :). There's also a local store (small chain actually, a few locations) that carries lots of old game cartridges, systems, and accessories.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for danusty
danusty

125

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> ebay and amazon

Upvote • 
Avatar image for jZangetsu21
jZangetsu21

211

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> They don't deliver here ^^

Upvote • 
Avatar image for GSyythisBlueDudeyyGS
GSyythisBlueDudeyyGS

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 6

User Lists: 0

Have they released a price on this?

Upvote • 
Avatar image for kend88
KenD88

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

<< LINK REMOVED >> Around $99.99 as from what I have seen on Stone Age Gamer for pre-order. An extra $18.00 will get you the Sega Master System cartridge adapter as well.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for PsyonicPlague
PsyonicPlague

35

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 0

got a retron 3, works like a charm, I really love it. If anyone wants to play old games like mario and castlevania, I definitely recommend getting one and am very excited for the retron 5, delay is ok, but i seriously don't want to see this cancelled

Upvote • 
Avatar image for curiousarman
curiousarman

48

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 15

User Lists: 0

does it play table-top gaming? retro ones...

Upvote • 
Avatar image for gargungulunk
gargungulunk

609

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 5

User Lists: 3

Where has this been? This is straight-up news to me.

Given that it takes original controllers is a big factor, & no need to wrangle several systems with an adapter for hdmi... and even gba & famicom carts?

Makes me want to revamp my dusty library & add to it.

The only price I've found when googling is at $99; rather fair, yet a bit steep around the holidays...it's a good thing, it's getting delayed.

2 • 
Avatar image for Holopaw
Holopaw

389

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 3

User Lists: 0

Whoa, I'm getting one of these for sure.


3 • 
Avatar image for VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

443

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

Wow this is pretty amazing. I've seen the ones that do both NES and SNES, but this is miles above that.

If they would put a slot for N64 on it I would buy it in a heartbeat.

Without it though it just feels like it is missing a massively important slot.

3 • 
Avatar image for keyb0red
keyb0red

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

So is this purely for nostalgia gaming? Cos if you still have those old catridges with you that would mean you've finished the game 8 years ago and just want to re-experience it via HDMI?

I dont get the selling point of this thing


Upvote • 
Avatar image for danusty
danusty

125

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> you can still buy many unplayed (by the buyer) or unbeaten and awesome games for those old school consoles, that's the selling point of it.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for BMWPro77
BMWPro77

182

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> Nothing beats popping in Mega Man, Zelda, Streets of Rage 2,Sonic the Hedgehog, Original Metal Gear, or any number of the hits that exist for these systems in my possession. I'll be grabbing one of these once they release. Based upon your confusion and not knowing what the selling point of this is I say "You had to be there to truly appreciate these simple, fun, engaging games to know why anyone would buy this and who they are targeting."

Upvote • 
Avatar image for robbiejones
robbiejones

236

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

i still own my N64 in my closet, that's good enough for me.. nostalgia wise. just wish i never got rid of most my games lol. Their so expensive now

Upvote • 
Avatar image for snacky_smorez
snacky_smorez

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

You and me both. I totally wish I still had my Genesis collection.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for robbiejones
robbiejones

236

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> nice dude, i was told that importing old games from japan is cheaper than buying from ebay etc

Upvote • 
Avatar image for robbiejones
robbiejones

236

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> yeh it's looking that way :(. i guess garage sales etc are your best chances. But hey if you ever go to Japan bring back a shit load of games lol

Upvote • 
Avatar image for snacky_smorez
snacky_smorez

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Yeah eBay prices get inflated. If you don't mind used half.com has some good deals. I would tend to think importing would be really expensive?

Upvote • 
Avatar image for GSyythisBlueDudeyyGS
GSyythisBlueDudeyyGS

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 6

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> lol

Upvote • 
Avatar image for deactivated-5ca532262d747
deactivated-5ca532262d747

422

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

never heard of this i dont think its gonna do well

2 • 
Avatar image for Radicalrasberry
Radicalrasberry

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

Alot of things like this are around already, Even hand held SNES players :P This one is def the KING of retro gaming

Upvote • 
Avatar image for ashyblood
ashyblood

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Like how they went with the Sega Genesis 6 button layout. That used to work out perfectly for games like SFII that had 3 punches and 3 kicks. You know what? New consoles today actually have room for a few more buttons on their controllers.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Someguy1212
Someguy1212

89

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

I also like how the pic shown is just a CGI picture and not an actual picture.

2 • 
Avatar image for ashyblood
ashyblood

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Can't believe the Game Gear was left out.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for BMWPro77
BMWPro77

182

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> There's an adapter to play Game Gear games using a Genesis cartridge slot so if you fancy playing them then you are not without a solution.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for danusty
danusty

125

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I think you are talking about the adapter to play master system games on the genesis. I don't think there is one for gamegear

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Someguy1212
Someguy1212

89

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

I still have all of those consoles so this is just a waste of money. Most of these are REALLY flimsy and break really easily.

2 • 
Avatar image for RobDev
RobDev

385

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> How exactly do you know anything about how flimsy, a system that hasn't been launched yet, is?

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Someguy1212
Someguy1212

89

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I didn't say that this is really flimsy. Most other knockoff consoles like this are. They are cheaply made in China and usually have issues with carts loading into them properly

3 • 
Avatar image for DragoBlade7
DragoBlade7

30

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> This isn't a knockoff though, it's dedicated.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for Radicalrasberry
Radicalrasberry

25

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I got a retro machine for Nes n Sega, its flimsy plastic but gets the job done well... but then again i got a n64 n Genesis original anyways n they feel alot more uhh Original in the hand if you get m drift

Upvote • 
Avatar image for NTM23
NTM23

1282

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

<< LINK REMOVED >> I like what Retron does, but you're very much correct.

Upvote • 
Avatar image for hadlee73
hadlee73

76

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

Never even heard of this thing. Unfortunately I don't have any old cartridges to play on it.

Upvote •