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Hyperkin RetroN 5 Gaming Console - (Gray)

  • The RetroN 5 plays Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, Famicom, Super Famicom, Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, and Megadrive cartridges.

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Hyperkin RetroN 5

Hyperkin RetroN 5 Retro Gaming System

Play all your classic games with the modern amenities current generation gamers enjoy, such as saving your games, enhanced audio and video, and the ability to customize your gaming experience through the use of a digital user interface in full HD glory with the RetroN 5.


Hyperkin RetroN 5


  • Five cartridge ports for the NES, SNES, Genesis, Famicom and Game Boy Advance; also compatible with Super Famicom, Mega Drive, Game Boy and Game Boy Color cartridges
  • HDMI output with upconversion on HDTVs
  • Bluetooth wireless controller
  • Two original controller ports for each platform (six total)
  • PAL and NTSC cartridge compatibility


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The ultimate HD remake: Hyperkin presents the RetroN 5, a revolutionary new way to experience classic games in high definition; the first of its kind with an all-digital HDMI output. The RetroN 5 supports NES, Famicom, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, & Game Boy Advance cartridges with enhanced resolution, improved interpolated sound, screenshot capture, & the ability to have on the fly save states. The RetroN5 is the retro gaming console that brings you back to a world where recharging health is a cheat code, you can have as many guns as you want, & achievements aren't just some numbers on a screen.


Now that we are all grown up and can afford these fancy toys, shouldn't our retro systems grow up too? With the RetroN 5, you will now be able to play all of your favorite games from nine different systems on one convenient console in full HD glory. Relive your childhood, or introduce a new generation of gamers to the timeless classics that inspired the entire gaming industry with the RetroN 5. The RetroN 5 allows you to play your favorite NES, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Famicom, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and GBA cartridges on one system.

The RetroN 5 has 5 cartridge ports supporting NES, Famicom, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance. The RetroN 5 has an HDMI port with a maximum output resolution of 720p and supports up to 60 frames per second. Digital enhancement features are available for all game formats. PAL and NTSC versions of games are supported for HD up conversion and filters, even on NTSC televisions.

Side mounted SNES, NES & Genesis controller slots allow for play with your original controllers. For those who want to go wireless, the bundled wireless controller has a range of over 25 feet. RetroN 5 offers the versatility to play the way you want. The rear SD card slot gives you the ability to expand your save memory and save screenshots. Screenshots are saved as JPEG images for easy sharing from your computer to popular social media sites. Finally, share that high score, epic platform jump, or secret warp zone.

The RetroN 5 has an on screen user interface bringing the comforts of modern consoles to retro gaming. Game Genie is built in to make sure that your nostalgia isn't killed by games more difficult than you remember. The RetroN 5 cleans up & up converts your games to clean, crisp HD resolution. If you like it old school, you always have that option with the included "scanlines" video filter. Dynamic controller mapping allows full customization, eve


Package Contain
RetroN 5 console
1 Bluetooth Wireless Controller
1 HDMI Cable
1 AC Adapter with 4 variable head sockets
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  • Matthew P.
  • 4/8/2016 1:48:33 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGreat While it worked, Better get that extended warranty!!!

Pros: Plays all your older games on your flat screen via and HDMI output and looks great!

Cons: Cheaply constructed, Stopped working in 6 months.

Other Thoughts: If your been looking to play your old cartridge based games on your new flat screen TV this is it. Stopped working 6 months in called Hyperkin and they sent out a replacement, The replacement didn't have any screws in the bottom of the unit and didn't read games. Called again they sent a second replacement unit, this one turns on but none of the inputs work, clearly a refurb as well the case is heavily scratched. When it works its great, spent the last 6 months trying to get a working one from Hyperkin. now that factory warranty is out contacting Newegg. You had best spend the extra cash for the 3 year warranty, this thing wasn't built to last and trying to get Hyperkin to just send you a new unit is like pulling teeth.

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  • Jennifer L.
  • 12/10/2015 10:09:24 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOutstanding product

Pros: Absolutely amazing product. The front end is easy to use and has many configurable options. All the games look insanely good via HDMI. Firmware updates are constantly flowing in and easy to apply via SD card. You insert the SD card into the Retron 5 and get a key file which you upload to their site when retrieving the latest firmware. Once downloaded you just stick in the SD card slot in and it asks to start updating. I mainly use the Retron 5 for Sega Genesis games, but also have been playing Gameboy Advance carts.

Cons: The controller that comes with it is a bit sensitive and cheap feeling, but it works good enough. I mostly use the original Sega Genesis controllers.

Other Thoughts: Hyperkin is continuously updating this product with firmware updates. Nice!

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  • Stephen M.
  • 8/25/2015 7:23:15 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFar Better Than Expected!

Pros: The Retron 5 has capabilities well beyond that promised by the manufacturer. Search Youtube for these extended features.

Cons: Although the included wireless controller works fine, I prefer the more-comfortable SNES controller.
Parts of the instruction manual could have been written better.
The system only has HDMI output. I would have liked to have composite as well to use with older TVs.

Other Thoughts: When reading reviews about the Retron 5, it’s important to note the year when they were written. The vast majority of negative comments were submitted in 2014. The first released model-version of the Retron 5 had some issues. There were problems with the cartridge connector-pins (known as the “death grip” that is often experienced with cartridge-based console clones), the plastic top was too thin and flimsy and there were several games that would not play.
With the latest version, currently sold by retailers, Hyperkin has effectively addressed these issues. The cartridge connectors have been improved and seem to work fine (keep in mind that I’ve only had the unit for a short time). Note: If you remove the cartridges by first lifting on one side, as shown in a video on the Hyperkin website, they come out without a problem. The plastic top has been re-designed to be sturdier and Hyperkin has released multiple system-updates that, among other system enhancements, have enabled the Retron 5 to play games that previously did not work. Also, Hyperkin has encouraged owners to let them know of any games that pose a problem so that a fix will be included in future updates. Hyperkin has stated that they are striving for 100% compatibility. All of the games, I tried, worked without any problems.
As mentioned previously, the Retron 5’s capabilities far exceed those listed in the product description and instruction manual…and without any modifications or hacking (Again, search YouTube). It was these extended features that convinced me to make the purchase…and I’m very glad I did.
I’m having lots of fun with my new, highly versatile, retro system.

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  • Kristopher M.
  • 7/11/2014 9:18:53 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSeems Awesome?

Pros: - Nice custom interface to play all those classic carts at a moment's notice.

- Great support for original input devices. Didn't try any light guns though.

- Plays SNES and NES games (even those weird unlicensed NES carts) pretty flawlessly from what I can tell.

- The cheat database is awesome, but you might put on too many cheats at once and lock up your game.

- Great to be able to connect to a modern TV without worrying about converter boxes and whatnot.

Cons: So, this is where the "seems" part comes in to play. I think I got a bad unit and I couldn't really keep and enjoy the Retron as a result.

- I could not play ANY Genesis game I owned for a significant amount of time. I was able to play maybe 5 minutes of one game one time - Every other time, the Retron would: recognize the cart, load the game, and lose contact with the cart before I could get to the play menu. I tried a series of games ranging from Sonic 2 to Chakan. All did the same thing, except Shinobi 2, which is what played for 5 minutes, but then had the cart detection problem going forward. If I touched the cart or bumped the Retron, the system would try to read the cart once more, but lose it again like before.

- Customer support via e-mail was lacking and then basically non-existent. I sent one support email and got a reply more than a week later telling me that it doesn't seem like a hardware problem since the system isn't reporting that it's a hardware problem and that I should upgrade the system software. Despite being dubious that my issue was s/w related, I gave it a try. Still didn't work. Wrote support again (I work during their support hours so I couldn't call) and never got a response (approaching 3 weeks now). In the absence of a response from support, I tried a newer firmware with equally disappointing results.

- I get why the do this, but software upgrade process is awful. You can't just download a patch to an SD card and load it on the system. First, the system needs to generate a request file that is saved on the SD card. Then, you need to upload said request file via PC to their site. Next, download the update on your PC, and copy/save it to SD. Then you need to put the SD card back in your Retron and TRY to load the SD card.

- I ran into a few instances where the Retron would not detect my SD card without completely restarting the unit.

- The bundled controller is kind of awful. If you have any classic controllers, use those and remap the buttons if you have to.

Other Thoughts: Despite some of the system's quirks, getting what seems to be a defective unit, and being unable to get timely support, I still really like the idea of the Retron. So I've RMA'd my device with Newegg and am hoping to get it replaced. If I do get a replacement in a decent time frame, I'll try to come back and update my review, if possible.

I feel kind of bad leaving a review rated this low since I really like the product and think it has all sorts of potential; however, I was/am pretty disappointed in the whole thing and I wanted to let other people know how the Retron 5 experience went for me.

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  • John W.
  • 6/29/2014 1:45:46 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPretty Great

Pros: Excellent video output. The ability to toggle Scanline generation is great, most games look best with them on and it helps the scaling effects look better IMHO. The included controller is rounder than it looks and though there is little travel in the buttons THEY ARE MICROSWITCH. So, they are quality buttons. The control stick reminds me of the Neo Geo CD or the old Atari 7800 redux controller Atari released towards it's end. This is ALSO microswitch. It's better than it looks for shooters.
Controller ports work great, assigning controllers default maps is awesome, too much great things here to name, all working great.

Cons: The carts are a bit tough to pull out in the beginning. They go in fine, i recommend pulling out slow and steady without placing any back and forth force on it, you probably will break something that way, your fault. Does not have standard USB port to hook in pc devices or a pc cd/dvd rom to play SEGA CD games, that would have been a nice option.

Other Thoughts: I like this thing, i like it ALOT.

It brings all of your old home games up to the video quality of an arcade machine. If you have a large LCD/Plasma then it looks like an arcade display now!!!
No video lag, no issues i've seen and i'm a discerning jerk most of the time to behonest. I spend weeks calibrating my new TV's to the right white level and to my liking, pretty much a perfectionist jerk sometimes , i'll openly admit it.,
This box is mostly all I could ask for.

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3 out of 5 eggsFantastic concept, but...

Pros: I received the black console from September 2013's

+ Plays Genesis, Game Boy, GBC, and GBA as it says it does (at least the ones I have tested so far). Update 6/20: Stop recognizing Nintendo and Super Nintendo games most of the time. After firmware update and factory reset, issue persists. If I take out and re-insert, I can usually get the cartridge to recognize after a random number of attempts.

+ Save states! This is my favourite feature

+ Easy set up

+ Well constructed (Plastic but feels as solid as the older consoles)

+ Super Eagle emulation option makes old graphics look smooth and crisp

+ Bass boost, an unexpected bonus. Nice touch.

+ Seems to play most games without a hitch most of the time. I had one freeze so far but had saved the game.

+ A lot of customization available on the launch menu

+ Original controllers work well if plugged in at boot-up, including the NES Advantage on one player. Sometimes switching controllers may 'confuse' the system or take a moment to figure out the chance.

+ Top loading for NES is better than the front loading system for the most part.

+ International outlet adapters included

+ Saves space not only under the TV, but also on the powerstrip. Saves energy and heat with power supply.

Cons: - Instructions for updates and troubleshooting are not in the manual and difficult to follow online unless you have extensive knowledge with computers and file transfers. The learning curve is a bit steep, but if you're determined, you may be able to get the updates to install. Otherwise it's a call to Hyperkin and/or redo many steps.

- Some glitchy speed-ups/lag on a few games like GunSmoke. Sound issues after saving Castlevania GBA game but kicks in after a moment. Could perhaps be rectified on firmware update?

- Doesn't have A/V RCA outputs like in the original design. I bought a Mini HDMI to 3RCA Composite AV Converter that works well for my older TV

- Wireless controller clicks like that kid in class with a mechanical pencil who can't get the lead out. Oddly shaped. Not really user friendly but functional.

- Took forever it seems to fulfill the pre-order, was promised dates and was delayed on at least 3 occasions. No direct customer communication on delays. This is probably solved now that it's been launched

- Price hike? What's up with that? Mine was pre-ordered when it was $99, I think this was fair and reasonable for the system.

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  • Robert M.
  • 6/20/2014 11:19:24 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsNot bad at all.

Pros: Plays MOST of a whole library of classic and not so classic games. Easy to use. Filter options. Upscaling. Updatable.

Cons: Made from pretty low quality plastic. Some games do not work. It is an emulation system and not the original hardware.

Other Thoughts: If you're into retro gaming and would like a lot more shelf space, less cable clutter, and the ability to play most of your games upscaled for hd, then buy it. If you're an absolute pixel purist and can't stand the idea of playing on a flat screen/emulator, then buy it and resell if you really don't like it. Good buy.

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