2 “New” Retro Consoles Launching in Q1 2014

Two retro consoles are scheduled for release in the coming months for those of us that have held on dearly to our old-school games.  Now instead of re-buying virtual console games on the Wii and Wii U, you can dust off those original NES, SNES, and Sega cartridges stored in the attic from yesteryear.

Super Retro Trio by Retro-bit
Super Retro Trio by Retro-bit

The first is Retro-bit’s Super Retro Trio launching in mid-to-late March, which will allow users to play Sega Genesis, Nintendo Entertainment System, and Super Nintendo Entertainment System games for $69.99.  It will come with 6 controller ports for use with the original controllers from the aforementioned systems, 2 corded physical gamepads modeled after the SNES pad, and an S-video/AV cable.  Unfortunately no HDMI option is available on this model, but if up-scaling to 720p is of utmost importance, then the next console will suit your needs.

RetroN 5 by Hyperkin
RetroN 5 by Hyperkin

Hyperkin’s $99.99 RetroN 5 is compatible with Famicon, Super Famicon, Megadrive, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance in addition to the three systems the Super Retro Trio supports (NES, SNES, and Genesis).  It also allows for the use of original controllers through its 6 controller ports, but the system does come with a Bluetooth wireless gamepad and can have 4 of them connected at once.  Lastly, it has an HDMI port for easy connectivity to modern LCDs and plasmas for the enjoyment of old-school games in modern day 720p.  The RetroN 5 will be released by the end of March.

Both systems offer a great way to revisit old classics without the hassle of hooking up multiple systems.  It will also be convenient for those whose old consoles have died but still have the original game cartridges with no way to play them.  Looks like its time to fire up some Earthbound in glorious HD!

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6 thoughts on “2 “New” Retro Consoles Launching in Q1 2014”

  1. Man I am super stoked for this!! I do still have my original consoles but this save a ton of time and the hassle of blowing and getting that sweet spot when putting in a cartridge. Thanks for posting this!!!

  2. I have to get one of these for sure, I still have some old gameboy, genesis, nintendo games kicking around in storage that I’ll dust off and give it a go

    1. Apparently these machines have been out for awhile and they keep releasing new versions that support more and more old school systems. Instead of people having to download ROMs and emulators, we now have viable and legal means of enjoying our classics. Plus, having an HDMI option is pretty sweet…

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