Here’s the bad news: Hyperkin’s RetroN 5, a gaming
console that incorporates and accommodates a host of vintage game cartridges, will be delayed until Q1 2014 because of some faulty pins that the company discovered on some of its packaged units. Thus, the console won’t be available until the holidays, so you won’t be unwrapping one and blowing your holiday days off ensconced in vintage gaming bliss.
However, the good news is that the RetroN 5 exists, and you’ll be able to have one early next year. The primary upgrade from the RetroN 4 to the RetroN 5 concerns the addition of a fifth cartridge slot for Famicom games.
This is in addition to slots for NES
Genesis, and Game Boy Advance games, as well as the ability to pop in Super Famicom, Mega Drive, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy cartridges. Further, Hyperkin is using a new chipset to eliminate region locks and compatibility issues, and CIC lockout chips and FX chips should no longer a problem.
The RetroN 5 supports the use of up to four wireless controllers at a time (as well as ports for six original wired controllers), and there’s an HDMI port, too.
You are now vindicated for hanging onto those boxes of old video games.