Rumors have been circulating that the system’s release date will be pushed back again due to firmware issues, seemingly based on a fan’s interaction with Hyperkin at Comic-Con (original story at N4G.com). They may not have a clear picture of the whole story, because @Hyperkin tweeted today that this is not the case, and they still plan on an April 2014 release.
The RetroN 5 multi-console is the latest in the series from Hyperkin. This version can play games from the NES, Famicom, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance. The system will have HDMI output, and the game selector switch has been replaced by an on-screen menu system, navigated using the included wireless game pad. It will also be able to load and save game states at any time. It can playback “cleaner” sound using interpolation (like anti-aliasing for audio), but I want the experience to be as close to the original as possible, so I’m hoping it can be turned off in the menu. One of the nicest features is the set of 6 controller ports (2 each for SNES, NES, and Genesis) to give the original feel of OEM controllers. I’ll reserve judgement on the funky looking included controller with the analog nub-looking D-pad until I’ve tried it. Hopefully, it will have microswitches like the Neo Geo Pocket Color.