Hyperkin Retron 3 - With this right here, old memories will never die!
Jun 12, 2011
I'm sure many would agree that it's hard to let go of the past. Whether your memories are filled with joy and excitement or bombarded with pain and misery. It's some times just tough to forget. Thankfully, most of my memories consist of the former, and I found myself many times reminiscing of two things that made up my childhood and teen years; the golden age of hip hop, and late 80's to mid 90's gaming. Video games played a huge role in my life back then, and any kid who cared about being down with the crew owned at least one of the big three systems; Nintendo,Sega Genesis, or Super Nintendo. If you were lucky, then you probably owned all three and you were indeed considered to be the MAN. Now, thanks to software developer Hyperkin, you can be the man once again... I guess. The Retron 3 is a clone system that plays a large portion of NES, SNES, and Genesis games. Now you can relive your childhood years if that's your desire.
The system itself which is a little smaller than the SNES.
Two wireless controllers (Batteries not included)
S-Video and AV input cables
The system has three controller ports, that are located on three out of four of its sides for each system respectively, should you decide to go with the original controllers. Therefore, in other words, you CAN use your original controllers for those systems, and they do respond the same as I remember back then. However, be on the look out; I'm not sure if it's just my system or if they're all like this, but the controller ports for the NES and Genesis have each others names crossed, so don't go crazy thinking, "What? My NES controller doesn't fit?!". Just try the other side and you'll be good.
The wireless controllers are trash and I use the originals. They do not have the same attributes as let's say, the PS3 controller. The controls have to be completely facing the sensor in the middle of the system, or else your control performance will go from horrible to not responding at all. I tried to play them from a 13 foot range on my 52 inch TV, and I had issues with aligning the controllers with the system, because you have to maintain a fixed position if your system isn't leveled with your controller. And when considering the set up of my entertainment center, it's just way too much work to enjoy any game. I then decided to move everything to a smaller TV and room, but it was still pretty uncomfortable for me, so I recommend purchasing the original controllers with controller extensions if you have a big TV. They're working great for me.
The controllers have the appearance of the Sega Genesis 6 button controllers, and it was a bit of an annoying learning curve for me switching between systems after playing one for a certain amount of time. They also run on two triple A batteries, and you need a very small phillips head screw driver to unscrew the back cover to the controls. I just went ahead and removed the screws completely, and now I'm relying on the latch to remain shut. But I seriously doubt these controllers will be getting anymore play from me anyway. Moreover, I doubt that I'll learn how long the battery life is as well.
The system itself has three ports for each system cartridge. I don't know if it's me, but it feels pretty rough trying to sit them in. The system has very big power and reset buttons, and a dial in the middle, which allows you to switch between systems, this is also what switches the controllers. The S video and AV input cords are excellent replacements for those old screw in adaptors. The game's look very clear, bright, clean, and they sound great. I purchased games that I still remembered clearly to make sure this claim wasn't bogus. It's also possible to place in a game and it won't play at all, and a message on the screen will show up reading something like this, "This game will only operate on the NTSC system". DO NOT PANIC. There's a small black button on the back of the system, in between the cable and adapter ports, which moves from left to right. Hit it in the opposite direction and the game will play. However, there are some games that will not play for the system. I have a small list from other fans, but it's on you to google them and find out the rest. I wish I could come up with the links, but I had a hard time finding them.
Castlevania 3 - NES, Virtua Racing - Genesis, Street Fighter Alpha 2 - SNES, Super Mario RPG - SNES, Star Ocean SNES, Kirby Superstar - SNES Golden Axe II - Genesis, Ms. Pac-Man - Genesis, Gauntlet IV -Genesis
I don't know how true this list is, and honestly I don't really care either, because I can live without those games. Especially, anything Street Fighter because there's compilation sets for the earlier games.
The system doesn't come with an instruction booklet, and I don't think this is really a problem since all of the instructions you will need are on the back of the box. The system also comes with a warning label:
- Only one cartridge can be played at a time
- Do not rapidly switch among systems
- Do not place the SNES cartridge in backwards
- Do not use both S - video and video AV at the same time
So far I've played about 10 games in between the systems, and I haven't experienced any problems with them. Excluding the controls, you have a very good system here, and I'm glad that I came across it. I never thought that I would still enjoy some of these games like I did over 15 years ago. Highly recommended to the old school gamer especially, and to die hard gamers.
Pros: -Easy to assemble -Plays fine -1000's of games to choose from
Cons: - Controllers are garbage, plus they need batteries
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