Hyperkin's Retron 5 hardware provides cartridge-play for 5 different retro gaming consoles
If you're familiar with emulation consoles, you may be initially excited by the notion of being able to play NES, SNES, Genesis, Famicom and Game Boy Advance carts on one console. If you have some experience with console-on-a-chip emulation hardware, you might think twice. These products can be hit-or-miss, but Hyperkin boasts some pretty cool features and low price tag.
Quality has always been an issue when using a hardware console emulator. The console-on-a-chip sounds wonderful, but the emulation via hardware alone is not always perfect. Many message boards are full of folks complaining about various glitches with these sort of systems.
Despite some negative reaction to hardware emulation consoles, Hyperkin's Retron 5 offers several good selling points in addition to a $100 price tag. The unit has 5 cartridge slots with additional compatibility shown below. For example the GBA port is said to play GB Color and original GB carts. It features an HDMI output that will generate up to 720P. Along with controller ports for NES, SNES and Genesis, the unit has a wireless input for multiplayer options. There is also a USB port on the rear. Finally, it does away with region locks and allows you to play NTSC and PAL games.
From the Hyperkin website:
The RetroN 5 will have 5 cartridge slots allowing you to use original NES, SNES, Genesis, Famicom, and Game Boy Advance cartridges. You will also be able to use Super Famicom, Mega Drive, Game Boy Color and Game Boy cartridges as well. Because we have created a new chipset, it allows us to ensure that region locks and compatibility are no longer an issue, and the RetroN 5 will play both PAL and NTSC cartridges.
We've tried similar systems like the Retro Entertainment System and found it to be fairly flimsy in construction and not as reliable as we'd like. Our hope is that the Retron 5 is a more solid build and that the compatibility they boast holds true. Considering the features not often found on these type of devices (wide cart compatibility, HDMI out, 720P) we think this device may be worth a look considering the claim of a $100 price point.
You'll find more info on the Hyperkin website.