Hyperkin at it again - RetroN 3 Video Gaming System plays NES, SNES, and Genesis

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Hyperkin RetroN 3 Video Gaming SystemHyperkin RetroN 3 Video Gaming SystemAs detailed in my previous blog post and video, Hyperkin is no stranger to creating low cost videogame consoles and portables. Their RetroN 3 Video Gaming System, which is detailed here, claims compatibility with Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Super Nintendo (SNES), and Sega Genesis cartridges via its three cartridge ports and wireless Sega 6-button controller clone controllers. Hyperkin's previous products were plagued by d-pad issues and game compatibility glitches.

I for one am skeptical of the soundness of its purchase worthiness after my previous experience with their product(s), as my disappointment was primarily due to a poor controller and to a lesser, but no less important, degree on game glitches...

UPDATE: This unit not only has the three different cartridge slots, but also three sets of two controller ports to match the respective original systems. That's certainly good news. Now all they need to get in order is the compatibility, since S-Video output (hopefully across all three systems, not just the SNES and Genesis) is standard (as well as stereo sound) and it actually could be a killer rig. Also, note that the $69.99 is the suggested retail price and the link is ONLY good for resellers at the moment, so there are still some specifics up in the air. I guess we'll know more after it's officially unveiled at E3 in June.

Thanks to Marty Goldberg for the heads-up via Facebook.

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Chris Kennedy
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Hmm

It is really a shame that things like this tend to come off as knock-offs more than a modernized hardware update. I assume that they are marketable since companies seem to keep releasing new versions of them. I know the portables community loves buying these things in order to create a new, custom portable, but what about mainstream? Can we assume that despite the fact we are living in an era of emulation that people are still interested in playing their old cartridges?

I certainly love collecting the real thing, but I will not switch to something like this unless the the can accurately reproduce 99% if not 100% of the original gaming experience of each and every game.

Like Bill, I am interested in hearing about this model if someone picks it up.

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Hmm, some pluses have come to light...

UPDATE: This unit not only has the three different cartridge slots, but also three sets of two controller ports to match the respective original systems. That's certainly good news. Now all they need to get in order is the compatibility, since S-Video output (hopefully across all three systems, not just the SNES and Genesis) is standard (as well as stereo sound) and it actually could be a killer rig. Also, note that the $69.99 is the suggested retail price and the link is ONLY good for resellers at the moment, so there are still some specifics up in the air. I guess we'll know more after it's officially unveiled at E3 in June.

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Where the market is for these

Where the market is for these consoles - India? Brazil? Eastern Europe? I'm just curious. Maybe in some parts of the world these things sell in large quantity.

Bill Loguidice
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Probably not an issue
Catatonic wrote:

Where the market is for these consoles - India? Brazil? Eastern Europe? I'm just curious. Maybe in some parts of the world these things sell in large quantity.

I can imagine these selling well in North America. Probably in the low tens of thousands overall, which, given the low Asian manufacturing costs, is probably enough in that market. I'm sure the design is easily retooled for other markets and sells relatively similarly elsewhere, giving a sales level in the low 100,000's possibly (just rampant speculation on my part). This probably also required minimal additional engineering, since Hyperkin has been creating systems like this for some time, though obviously not in this exact configuration. The new R&D would be on compatibility tweaks (presumably) and creating efficiencies in the case/port design.

Again, if compatibility is 99% or greater and you have S-Video out (in addition to the composite), as well as the ability to use the original controllers if you so choose, this seems to be an ideal space-saving alternative to owning and maintaining all three original systems. I'm satisfied my controller concerns are more than adequately addressed (how can they not be if you can use any original controller?), now it comes down to how well it deals with cartridge games for each platform that classically give clone systems problems. Of course things like color reproduction and sharpness are also factors. It can easily be at least as sharp as an original NES, which maxed out at composite, but can it be as sharp as real S-Video equipped Genesis or SNES consoles with accurate color reproduction? Same thing goes for the stereo sound (I can't open the sale sheet PDF to see if it's stereo output, and again, I'm not sure if the optimal S-Video/Stereo output is supported in all three modes--it's possible that NES output is locked in over composite and mono).

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PR: Hyperkin Announces E3 2010 Launch of RetroN 3

PRESS RELEASE:
ROSEMEAD, CALIF. (May, 2010) – Hyperkin, a rapidly growing developer of video game accessories, has announced that it will launch the RetroN™ 3 video game system at this year s E3 trade show June 15-17, 2010. The RetroN3 consolidates Nintendo™, Super Nintendo™ and SEGA™ Genesis together in a single wireless console that also includes two wireless controllers as well as two original controller ports for each platform.

The design of the RetroN 3, which is completely unique and unlike any other on the market, was developed through feedback and suggestions the company received from consumers. Based on Internet research and interactive forums with gamers, Hyperkin designed the system with three top-loading cartridge slots arranged into a single sleek platform. The RetroN 3 offers a cool, fun way to experience retro gaming at home.

“We designed the RetroN 3 with one thing in mind – having fun!” stated Steven Mar, Hyperkin’s Marketing Director. “It’s an amazing system that offers a blast from the past as well as a fun, exciting way to enjoy three of the best game systems ever developed. The RetroN 3 offers something for everybody who loves video games.”

RetroN 3 Points of Interest:
· 2 Original Controller Ports for Each Platform (6 Total)
· Includes 2 Wireless Controllers
· 3 Cartridge Ports for NES, SNES and SEGA Genesis
· S-Video or Composite AV Inputs
· SRP: $69.99
· Available for testing at E3 Booth #523 South Hall

The launch of the RetroN 3 is the latest addition to Hyperkin’s growing offering of innovative, cost-effective peripherals for the global video game market.

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This thing looks amazing! I'd

This thing looks amazing! I'd love to have all these consoles consolidated (try saying that three times fast!). I wouldn't pay $70 for it, though. If it ever dropped to $50 I'd probably pick one up. I'd want to know how good those controllers work, though, since finding NES and SNES controllers in good condition has proven quite tough for me.

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Bill Loguidice
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Costs are relative
Matt Barton wrote:

This thing looks amazing! I'd love to have all these consoles consolidated (try saying that three times fast!). I wouldn't pay $70 for it, though. If it ever dropped to $50 I'd probably pick one up. I'd want to know how good those controllers work, though, since finding NES and SNES controllers in good condition has proven quite tough for me.

$70 is the suggested retail price and I suspect it could be found for as much as $10 less max, but not much less. I actually would consider it a good value if it plays the games properly and has quality S-Video, since you certainly couldn't put together that configuration of the original three systems for anything approaching that price. I don't know what the wholesale price is to the retailers. I'd love for AA to become a reseller of this item, but as you know, we're not quite at that stage to handle something like this yet.

As for its controllers, like I said, it looks like a clone of the Sega Genesis six button controller, which is quite good. However, some SNES games rely on the trigger configuration of the SNES controller, so it would not be a suitable replacement for many games (Super Mario Kart comes to mind immediately). I'm surprised you haven't found good NES and SNES controllers, as there are certainly an abundance out there, and some near perfect clones at that still actively sold. I have a box of new Sega Genesis controllers if you need them. I can give you a few when you come.

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I would love to get my hands one one of these...

I would love to get my hands one one of these... I hope they will be available online. If not I must find an American who is willing to send one to me as a gift. :P

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Bill Loguidice
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Probably not an issue
Mark Vergeer wrote:

I would love to get my hands one one of these... I hope they will be available online. If not I must find an American who is willing to send one to me as a gift. :P

I suspect much like the other Hyperkin products - and probably moreso in this case - it will be available from a wide range of retailers after its official release post E3 in June. I have not seen any info on a PAL version, though. I will definitely be waiting this time instead of pre-ordering or ordering until I read a review or two. I do NOT want to get burned on one of these again, particularly since I have a variety of ways to play all these systems already, including the original consoles.

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Apparently a new version of

Apparently a new version of the Dingoo is imminent as well: http://www.ishopvideogame.com/dingoo-a330-game-handheld-console-p-1869.h...

I also put in a query for my place in the Pandora cue.

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