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Retro games are extremely popular right now, and with good reason; they deliver experiences that are hard to come by in the realm of modern video games. As someone who currently has more than a dozen systems connected to one TV through a series of switcher boxes, I have to say the idea of the RetroN 5 is quite appealing. It’s one console that hooks up through a single HDMI port and allows you to play a wide range of popular retro systems. Convenience is great, but if it doesn’t deliver an experience that rivals playing on the original console, it’s still not worth having. So does the RetroN 5 deliver on that? You’ll have to keep reading this review to find out.

Best of all, we have a $140 RetroN 5 (which is incredibly difficult to find in stores right now) to give away to one lucky reader. Keep reading through to the bottom to find out how you can enter to win!

Introducing The RetroN 5

Hyperkin has been involved in the world of retro consoles for years. It has produced all kinds of devices that allow gamers to play their favorite retro games without turning to the likes of flea markets and eBay to get their consoles. In fact, we even reviewed the SupaBoy Hyperkin SupaBoy Review & Giveaway Hyperkin SupaBoy Review & Giveaway The SupaBoy is a $80 handheld version of Nintendo's console made by a company called Hyperkin. For any classic game collector, the ability to play their games on the go is an incredible proposition, and... Read More , a device designed to let you take your Super Nintendo games on the road with you. While the company has been around for a while, the RetroN 5 is a far more ambitious venture compared to any of the other consoles it has made. Not only does it support far more gaming platforms, it also features an upgradeable operating system, which gives it a more modern console feel.

As far as the systems it can support, you’ll find the ability to play NES, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Famicom, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advanced cartridges. Additionally, if you have the Power Base Converter (a device that allowed you to play Sega Master System games on Genesis), you can play Master System games as well. Essentially, the only cartridge-based retro system you can’t play is Nintendo 64, which is pretty damn impressive.

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The device also comes with its own Bluetooth controller, as well as two ports for each of the main consoles (Genesis, NES, SNES), for a total of six. This gives you options for how you want to play. Ever dreamed of playing Sega games on a SNES controller? You can totally do that, as weird as it might seem.

There’s really no competitor for the RetroN 5. While other companies make systems designed for retro gaming, the $140 RetroN 5 sits alone in terms of quantity of consoles, HDMI capability, and interface. Of course, just being the only option doesn’t mean it’s a good one. Is this the best way to play your retro games? That’s just what we are going to figure out during this review.

Initial Impressions

First impressions always stick, and I must say, I was pretty impressed with the RetroN 5 at first glance. The packaging is quite nice, and not too bulky. Once you pull the console out, you realize it’s a pretty nice-looking piece of hardware, and one that you won’t mind having on your entertainment center.

We ended up with the the black console, though not necessarily by choice, but rather because it was the only one we could find. The other color is white with black accents, and looking at the two, I am quite happy we ended up with the black unit. Not only do I like the look of it better, but it matches the other hardware in my system, as they all tend to be black.

Everything you need to use the console is in the box. You’ll find the system itself, the Bluetooth controller, HDMI and USB cables, and adapters for plugging the system into power supplies outside of the United States. You’ll also find a basic manual that will help you get started. The only thing missing is the SD card, which is used for a lot of the console’s key features.

Because the RetroN 5 has no Internet capabilities, updating the firmware requires an SD card. The process is simple enough, but you do have to put the card into the system, request an update, and then send that file to the Retron website in order to download the update. It took a few minutes, and while it would have been nice to have the process run a little more smoothly, you can actually use the console without updating at all, so it’s not really something I can knock it for. Additionally, as we will get to later, having the UI is well worth a few minutes of firmware updating from a usability standpoint.

Console Design

As far as the hardware of the console goes, everything feels well-made and solid. On the top surface, you’ll find all of the ports for the cartridges except for the GameBoy, which is located on the front. You’ll also find a large opening around the back, which can be used as a place to store the controller, and also allows the giant Master System adapter to fit. The back of the console is where you will find the HDMI ports, SD card slot, and so on.

One complaint that has been levied against the RetroN 5 is how tight the pins that hold the carts in are, and it’s definitely true. You will have to give a solid pull to remove them, which is moderately annoying, but nothing game-breaking. Personally, I’d rather it be a little on the tight side, because pins tend to loosen up over time. So as far as the pins are concerned, you can expect the console to last.

Overall, the RetroN 5 is a well-designed piece of hardware. Considering how many consoles it supports, it’s has a small footprint, and will fit comfortably on an entertainment center. It seems well-built enough to last for the long haul, but of course, it’s a new device, so it’s hard to say that until we put it through some serious long-term testing.

Controller Design

It seems like every device I review lately comes with a controller that I don’t like. Perhaps I am just picky, but between the OUYA OUYA Review And Giveaway OUYA Review And Giveaway When the OUYA was first announced and funded on Kickstarter, the Internet was positively buzzing over the possibilities for this tiny Android-based console. Kickstarter backers began receiving their consoles months ago, and early reports were... Read More , GameStick GameStick Review and Giveaway GameStick Review and Giveaway We have the GameStick and its controller in our hands, and we've had some time to explore the games available, and of course, play them. Read More , and Xbox One Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway The console wars are officially raging, and we've had sufficient time with both of them. That begs the question: how does the Xbox One compare? Read More , I keep finding myself with a controller I don’t enjoy using. This one though, beats all of them. Literally the only positive thing I can say about it the wireless support, which is something you don’t get too often with retro gaming consoles, but everything else about it is utterly bad.

Starting from the core design of the controller, there’s a major flaw that you will notice right away. There’s no d-pad. Think about it, a controller designed to play retro games – a time when joysticks didn’t exist — and you don’t get a d-pad. Not only that, but the joystick itself is this weird-feeling-clicky thing that feels nothing like any joystick you’ve ever used before. And I don’t mean that in a good way. The button layout is confusing, with 6 buttons smashed together. Then there’s the shape of the controller, which is rectangular, and kind of lumpy. It just feels weird in your hand.

The shoulder buttons aren’t bad, actually, and are one of the only decent parts of the controller. Aside from that, the eight hour battery life is pretty solid, and the long USB cable to charge it is a good thing. But really, if you are serious about your retro games, you’ll want to use the actual controllers and avoid this one. The only reason I can see anyone wanting to use this is if their system is on the other side of a large room and the range of a wired controller just won’t do the job.

Interface

The interface, along with the long list of supported consoles, is what really makes the RetroN 5 something special. Back in the old days, you simply turned on the console with a game in it, and into the game you went. Those days are long gone with modern consoles focusing as much on delivering a solid interface as they do on the games. While the RetroN 5’s interface cannot compete with an Xbox One Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway The console wars are officially raging, and we've had sufficient time with both of them. That begs the question: how does the Xbox One compare? Read More or PlayStation 4 Sony PlayStation 4 Review And Giveaway Sony PlayStation 4 Review And Giveaway Ladies and gentlemen, the next generation of video game consoles is here, with the Sony PlayStation 4! Read More , just the fact that it has a GUI is pretty game-changing.

When you put a game in, you will see it load for a few seconds, and then the name of the game displayed on the top of the screen. You can simply click “Play” and jump right into the game, or you can adjust some options. If you’ve loaded up an SD card with Hyperkin’s cheat file, you can load them up before you jump into the game. You can also adjust button bindings and add one of several filters that tweak the look of your games.

The best thing about having a dedicated interface is that you can actually create save states, like you would with an emulator on a PC. Now, retro games that used to require a single playthrough to beat with nowhere to save can be played in multiple sittings. This alone is absolutely fantastic.

Other bonuses with the interface come in the form of the ability to snag screenshots with just a couple of button clicks, and audio adjustments that tweak the way the game sounds.

Overall, I am happy with the interface on the RetroN 5. It’s not fancy, but it gets the job done, and it gives you the ability to play your retro games in a way that was only possible with piracy before. It’s most definitely a huge selling point for the RetroN 5, but it really comes down to playing games, and that’s just what we are going to look at next.

Gameplay Experience

We save the most important thing for last, and that’s the gameplay experience. Interfaces, well-made hardware, and all that other stuff is cool, but it doesn’t matter if playing games isn’t enjoyable. For the most part, the RetroN 5 delivers in that regard. It uses emulation to accomplish the gameplay, so when you put a game in the slot, it dumps the ROM of the game to the system, and that’s where it plays. You still need a cart in the slot, as this is not a piracy machine, but it’s not actually running from the game.

Sometimes, you might see a game fail to load, which is pretty standard for older games whether it’s dumping the ROM or loading directly off the cart. I didn’t find that I had any more issues than with the actual systems, so there’s really no knock against it there. Still, there are some occasions where games don’t work, especially if you are trying to play unlicensed cartridges. Personally, I didn’t have any problems, but others are reporting that certain games aren’t running, so your mileage may vary in that regard.

Another minor problem is that you cannot have multiple cartridges in at once. It would have been nice to be able to have a bunch of games in, and then switch at the operating system level, but alas, that’s not an option for now, though Hyperkin is attempting to fix that via a firmware update, so that’s a problem that could go away as time goes on.

Moving back to the positive side, the RetroN 5 will make your games look crisper and brighter. That’s thanks to the HDMI output, and the difference really is noticeable. Add in the filters, and you can really make your retro games look better than you ever imagined. For purists, playing on the original console and leaving the graphics untouched will always be preferable, but for people who just want to take a trip down memory lane, the tweaks and improvements to the look of the game should make them quite happy.

During the interface section, we talked about how great it is having saved states, and for your saves on cartridges (for those that support it), the system will actually dump them as well. You’ll have to manually transfer them back to the cartridge if you want to pick up your save games on the original console, and this works most of the time, but you might find the occasional error that puts you in a weird situation where your latest save is stuck on the RetroN 5. It’s not a common problem, and most game saves move back and forth without issue, but when dealing with aging cartridges and old batteries, issues are bound to pop up.

The controller issues we talked about before reared its ugly head here, and as I said before, you’re better off just avoiding the RetroN 5’s controller and sticking with the original retro controllers. They are just flat out better in every way (other than having wires).

All in all, the RetroN 5 delivers a great gameplay experience. Basically, it delivers everything pirates are used to with computer-based emulators, but it allows you to do it legitimately with your actual cartridges on a TV. It takes games that were designed to be played on a 4:3 aspect ratio tube television and makes them look pretty good on a high definition TV. It’s not perfect, and nothing will ever replace the actual consoles, but unless you’re crazy like me and willing to overload your TV with over a dozen consoles, the convenience of playing a variety of retro games on one device is awesome.

Wrapping Up

So, the big question: should you buy the RetroN 5? The answer really depends on your needs. If you’re a dedicated classic game collector looking for a pure experience, you should just stick with what you’ve been doing already. However, if you have a few games from your childhood sitting around, and you want a quick, easy way to play them, the RetroN 5 is a great choice. In fact, I’d say it’s the best multi-console you are going to find. The $140 price tag isn’t too much to ask, especially when you consider that it can play literally thousands of games. Throw in the fact that Hyperkin is promising to fix some of the quirks with firmware updates, and we could be looking at the gold standard for retro gaming.

Our verdict of the Hyperkin RetroN 5:
MakeUseOf recommends: Buy it if you want an easy way to play a variety of retro games without hooking up multiple consoles to your TV.
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The Winner

Congratulations, Tiago Rosado! You would have received an email from jackson@makeuseof.com. Please respond before September 7 to claim your prize. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

Send your products to be reviewed. Contact Jackson Chung for further details.

  1. Jonathan Luciano
    June 29, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    How do i win

  2. Morrison
    August 16, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Sonic the hedgehog

  3. Gena
    August 14, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    On the original NES there was a game called 'Rescue' that I would LOVE to play again. This would be so awesome!!!

  4. Avery
    August 13, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Mario. Definetly

  5. Michael R
    August 13, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Donkey Kong

  6. Francesco Fiorino
    August 12, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I would play Super Mario of course!

  7. Ria Alemina
    August 12, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Super Mario Bros!!!

  8. Chris
    August 11, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Earthworm Jim

  9. Avish K
    August 11, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Adventure Island 3

  10. jim forrester
    August 11, 2014 at 5:50 am

    would be nice for old games and show grandson how they looked and played

  11. Jacob
    August 10, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Mega Man! Spent so many hours playing all the Mega Man games!!

  12. Anna Marie M.
    August 9, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I will play Mario.

  13. Meridith B
    August 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    First game I'd play would be Zelda ~ time to introduce the next generation to this classic!

  14. Brian
    August 8, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    First game I'd play is Zelda, too many great memories of that entire series :-)

  15. Phil Nolan
    August 7, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    First game I'd play would be Mega Man 2, then I'd hit eBay to find more.

  16. Joseph Ramirez (@kobunni)
    August 7, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Phantasy Star II, easy

  17. Alex
    August 7, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Metal Slug

  18. Matt
    August 6, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    If I won, I would play either play Super Mario Kart or Donkey Kong first. Ooo... or maybe Pokemon Blue.

  19. Peter H
    August 6, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Tetris

  20. Airdom
    August 6, 2014 at 3:27 am

    I would totally play McKids on the NES if I win this :P

  21. Toby
    August 6, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Gargoyles Quest. That game rocked.

  22. Philip Austin
    August 5, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Donkey Kong

  23. balorth
    August 5, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I would play secret of mana first :3

  24. Fabio A
    August 5, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Mario

  25. Lee Ann L.
    August 5, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Battletoads!

  26. SS
    August 5, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Castlevania series, Mario all Star, Mario Kart!

  27. Nicole Stewart
    August 5, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Mariokart!

  28. sabin1981
    August 5, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    If I won this, the first retro game I'd play is FF3 (FF6) as its the only reto cart I have left :(

  29. Joseph Sayson
    August 5, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Battle City or Super Mario would be on my first list!

  30. Thiagu M
    August 5, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Super Mario to start with

  31. peppe
    August 4, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    ghost 'n goblin!

  32. Jonathan S
    August 4, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Tetris!

  33. Paul H
    August 4, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Ghosts & Goblins

  34. Stephan H
    August 4, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Too many. :p

  35. Charles Babb
    August 4, 2014 at 9:35 am

    I would have to say Michael Jackson's Moonwalker.

  36. Angel Velez
    August 4, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Cybernator

  37. Bill
    August 3, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    mario for sure

  38. Ron Bowman
    August 3, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    I would play snes first.

  39. Adly A
    August 3, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Mega Man

  40. visnoctis
    August 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    i dont know all the names on the 1. Hand, will remember them, when i see them - and try'em all

  41. Ashwin
    August 2, 2014 at 7:14 am

    The Goonies.

  42. Fred Jackson
    August 2, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Yo! Noid

  43. Helen
    August 2, 2014 at 3:00 am

    Super Mario for sure

  44. Jaffer A
    August 2, 2014 at 2:00 am

    mario

  45. richard
    August 2, 2014 at 1:13 am

    metroman

  46. Jon T
    August 2, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Dragon Quest!

  47. Julian
    August 2, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Chrono Trigger

  48. Mark P.
    August 1, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Mario

  49. Sam K
    August 1, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I'll play my all time favorite- Mario

  50. Anne F
    August 1, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    If I won this it would be a gift to one of my GrandsonsI!

  51. Russell Copeland
    August 1, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I would probably need to buy some games but if I won, I would buy some asap.

  52. Jimmy Naidoo
    August 1, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Final Fantasy!

  53. Don Balboa
    August 1, 2014 at 1:40 am

    my all-time fave - mario 2!

  54. nikki robak
    August 1, 2014 at 12:55 am

    mario

  55. Kendall B
    July 31, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Super Mario Bros.

  56. GARRY S
    July 31, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    super mario

  57. Jonathan G
    July 31, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I'd do some experimenting with the console and any cartridges that have extra hardware hanging on them to see if they'd work. Considering the video explains that some, if not all of them, don't.

  58. Gavin Hurst
    July 31, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Super Probotector the Alien Rebels (SNES)

  59. Doc
    July 31, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    "...and Game Boy Advanced cartridges...."
    It's the "Game Boy *Advance*," not "Advanced." Lots of people get this wrong.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_Boy_Advance

  60. Alexey T
    July 31, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    ContraForce

  61. Michael Alig
    July 31, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Contra

  62. Alex Maher
    July 31, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

  63. Ryan
    July 31, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Bubsy

  64. Harry S
    July 31, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    super Mario kart

  65. Boris B
    July 31, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Super Mario

  66. Bryan
    July 31, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I would play Yars Revenge, but alas, it seems it can't. So, maybe Sonic.

  67. Syndrome666
    July 31, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Why? Cartridges were always a pain to use. Ever since I got an android device, I forgot all about how clunky and hoarding the consoles were. Take OUYA for example, runs all of the above mentioned platforms plus some more graphic intense consoles and yet costs under $100 and doesn't have the cartridge clutter. Even cheap android stick which is even cheaper can do all the retro gaming stuff very well.

  68. Melinda
    July 31, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Mario!!!!

  69. Bruno
    July 31, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Super Mario definitely :)

  70. Nuno
    July 31, 2014 at 11:43 am

    sonic the hedgehog

  71. Rob Hestar
    July 31, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Crystalis!

  72. Colin
    July 31, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I would play Galaga...

  73. Ionut Zamfirescu
    July 31, 2014 at 10:44 am

    My god i would like to win this, my famiclone is just a piece of sh#*t

  74. Andi Fahy
    July 31, 2014 at 8:58 am

    SMB, obviously!!

  75. Beh H
    July 31, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Super Mario!!

  76. Radite P
    July 31, 2014 at 7:35 am

    The super mario bros

  77. Alexander K
    July 31, 2014 at 7:30 am

    shadowrun

  78. Cindy Conner Bowling
    July 31, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Super Mario

  79. Rov D
    July 31, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Super Mario and Battle City. Im like one of the best players of this game during the era :P

  80. Jennifer P
    July 31, 2014 at 4:34 am

    Wow I don't know, maybe Sonic Pinball or Bug or Clockwork Knight I don't know there are so many really old ones I would love to play again without having to hook and unhook up different old systems or wait til my son can come over to fix one of them for me.

  81. AlSam
    July 31, 2014 at 3:47 am

    Legend of Zelda

  82. Igor
    July 31, 2014 at 2:55 am

    Limbo

  83. Marco L
    July 31, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Between Chrono Trigger or Final Fantasy III <3

  84. Michael Chan
    July 31, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Super Mario RPG.

  85. Vanessa Rose Palacio
    July 31, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Super Mario, Contra, Bomberman <3

  86. Angelo Lanzafame
    July 31, 2014 at 1:40 am

    I would play Galaga on SNES

  87. Matthew
    July 31, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Dragon Warrior.

  88. Anant S
    July 31, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Mario

  89. Richard M
    July 30, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Breath of Fire

  90. Andrew
    July 30, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Super mario bros 1 so many good memories from it :)

  91. Jonah Jeleniewski
    July 30, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    That's a tough choice. Gotta go with Pokemon Yellow, man!

  92. Sriram Srinivasan
    July 30, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    If I win it, I'll play contra first!!!!

  93. Nathan H.
    July 30, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Super Mario Bros. (NES)

  94. Haroon Khan
    July 30, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Super Mario

  95. Antonio R
    July 30, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Maybe MegaMan.

  96. Sumit Das
    July 30, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Contra Series for sure

  97. Nitin hassija
    July 30, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    I would go for Super Mario.

  98. Lisa M
    July 30, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Dr. Mario

  99. Steve
    July 30, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Turtles in Time

  100. Todd H
    July 30, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    The old Dragon Warrior series followed up by Metal Gear!

  101. Dmitry Yakusevich
    July 30, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    golden axe!!!

  102. Mesut Yaver
    July 30, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Sonic 3D Blast: Flickies' Island.

  103. Darwin
    July 30, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    SNES Super Mario

  104. Jason W
    July 30, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Crystalis!

  105. Zoran
    July 30, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Definitive Mario

  106. Orcan Tiryakioglu
    July 30, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Super Mario Kart for the SNES!

  107. Charlie
    July 30, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Frogger

  108. Bogdan
    July 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Mario

  109. Joseph Ramirez (@kobunni)
    July 30, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Phantasy Star 2

  110. Jerri B
    July 30, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Super Mario

  111. BMFPoochie
    July 30, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    SNES Super Mario World

  112. Ryan C
    July 30, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    What to play first? So many choices! I suppose it would probably be a Mario game so that we can both play :-)

  113. Sean
    July 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Super Mario Kart for the SNES!

  114. moorandro
    July 30, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Super Mario

  115. Dominic
    July 30, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Sonic :)

  116. Phil
    July 30, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Contra Hard Corps

  117. Josh Yglesias
    July 30, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Killer Instinct

  118. Phil
    July 30, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Contra Hard Corps

  119. com nut
    July 30, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Aw come on lets get all our commodore games out they are the original

  120. Maksim Smirnov
    July 30, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Felix The Cat for NES

  121. Zinoviya Obizuyk
    July 30, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    All games about Mario

  122. Alexandru S
    July 30, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Super Mario of course.

  123. Victor Obizuyk
    July 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Legend of Zelda

  124. Mukola Obizuyk
    July 30, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Super mario

  125. Nounzein
    July 30, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Street fighters

  126. Denis K
    July 30, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    World Of Luigi

  127. Jason P
    July 30, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Zelda games ftw!

  128. Tate S
    July 30, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past

  129. Jason
    July 30, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Super Mario Bros

  130. Lori Bahn
    July 30, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Super mario is what I will play

  131. west
    July 30, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    super mario world

  132. Louis C
    July 30, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I would love to win this console, because, I am old and all that I can remember how to play is the old games !!! Count me in !!!

  133. judy sizemore
    July 30, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    not sure i will give this to my son

  134. Haravind kumar
    July 30, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I will play super mario bros.

  135. DanQ
    July 30, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    SNES NHL 95

  136. kevin dullens
    July 30, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I would play Super Mario. Doesn't matter which one.

  137. Ron Ablang
    July 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Godzilla from the NES.

  138. Sean M
    July 30, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Zelda!

  139. Alexey Petrov
    July 30, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Of course that game would be Super Mario :)

  140. Mark Hansen
    July 30, 2014 at 10:54 am

    A game of Super Mario to kick it off :)

  141. Wally Krasiy
    July 30, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Castelvania!

  142. Jedrzej
    July 30, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Contra of course!

  143. Irma Tufek
    July 30, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Probably a Megaman or Super Mario Brothers :)

  144. Steve Blankenbaker
    July 30, 2014 at 8:20 am

    legend of zelda link to the past

  145. Stephen Potter
    July 30, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I'd play Super Metroid first, because that game was fantastic.

  146. Alan
    July 30, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Donkey Kong. I really liked that game

  147. moinulhaqq
    July 30, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Pac man

  148. Aventerine
    July 30, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Knights Quest

  149. Ostap
    July 30, 2014 at 6:26 am

    SuperMario GameBoy

  150. Sanchay P
    July 30, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Pokemon and Mario
    One of my favorites

  151. John Agwazim
    July 30, 2014 at 5:28 am

    FIFA14

  152. Mai Tran
    July 30, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Super Mario Brothers or Zelda, can't decide!

  153. Mai Tran
    July 30, 2014 at 5:25 am

    Super Mario Brothers or Zelda, can't decide!

  154. Phillip G
    July 30, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Contra

  155. Nena Sinclair
    July 30, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Legend of Zelda!

  156. David Smith
    July 30, 2014 at 4:24 am

    I would play Dragon Warrior I - IV again. They were fun on the NES many years ago and I still have the NES and all of the games too.

  157. Jo-anne P
    July 30, 2014 at 4:18 am

    legend of zelda for sure oh wait mario legend of the seven stars .. ahhhhh im so torn !!!

  158. Bogdan S
    July 30, 2014 at 3:52 am

    Mario:D

  159. Jared
    July 30, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Super mario brothers!

  160. Casey W
    July 30, 2014 at 3:10 am

    If I won.... I would have to go to the first game I played, Super Mario Brothers! From there, I'd try to relive some great gaming memories of my childhood with Zelda, Final Fantasy, and Donkey Kong! Good Luck Everyone!

  161. Ruben Garcia
    July 30, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Street Fighter the New Challenger

  162. Tyler M.
    July 30, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Anything Zelda!

  163. Gaurav Bhargava
    July 30, 2014 at 2:38 am

    I am going to go with legend of zelda - will bring back old memories...

  164. David Yang
    July 30, 2014 at 2:27 am

    I would play Super Mario Bros.

  165. Aaron
    July 30, 2014 at 2:26 am

    Legend of Zelda. My favorite classic game.

  166. Andy Bell
    July 30, 2014 at 2:23 am

    I would probably get out Super Mario All-Stars again and go through the original mario games!

  167. Steven A
    July 30, 2014 at 1:57 am

    I would probably try out Sonic 3 & Knuckles first, making sure the Lock-On technology works well with the Hyperkin. ;) Following that, maybe Pokemon Silver or something else "handheld".

  168. Shane R
    July 30, 2014 at 1:48 am

    Would be awesome to have. Good luck to all. :)

  169. Gary Fox
    July 30, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Donky Kong would be my first game..... loved it!!!

  170. sfw1960
    July 30, 2014 at 1:35 am

    Tron!!! LOL

  171. wen budro
    July 30, 2014 at 1:33 am

    Hmmm....maybe a mario game or the legend of zelda.

  172. Johan Chester R
    July 30, 2014 at 1:33 am

    I would definitely play sonic ^_^ The very first game I saw and had been amazed by its gameplay in nintendo. There was 1 fighting game I would also like to play again but I forgot the name XD

  173. Dave W
    July 30, 2014 at 1:32 am

    Donkey Kong

  174. Samir
    July 30, 2014 at 1:31 am

    The first game I would play would probably be Legend of Zelda...

  175. Joao
    July 30, 2014 at 1:11 am

    I would love to play Mega Drive's Street of Rage 2.

  176. Frank Parker
    July 30, 2014 at 1:08 am

    I so want this! The first game I would play would probably be Zool or Sonic from my Megadrive collection! :-D

  177. Jayne Osborne
    July 30, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Pac-man

  178. Johnna Rhodus
    July 30, 2014 at 12:57 am

    If I won the Retron 5 I would probably play Sonic first!

  179. Dan D
    July 30, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Battletoads. That game sure brings me back to a lot of bad memories...

  180. B Kautz
    July 30, 2014 at 12:49 am

    What ever carts I can find in the garage

  181. Vic L
    July 30, 2014 at 12:46 am

    I will play Contra, King of fighters, Metal Slug.

  182. Va
    July 30, 2014 at 12:45 am

    TMNT. I want to see if I can still but the water level.

  183. Caleb
    July 30, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Clearly a Zelda game. No way to know which yet..

  184. Mary W
    July 30, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Pong and Legend of Zelda are top contenders.

  185. Mary V
    July 29, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    I would play Zelda Legend of Link

  186. Brady W
    July 29, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Contra would be my first game. I'm very disappointed it doesn't play N64, but I play them on my PC using an emulator.

  187. Ptrix
    July 29, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

  188. Keith Weatherby II
    July 29, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    If I wont the RetroN 5 I'd probably track down a copy of Hellfire for the Sega Genesis and play it first.

  189. Alessio A
    July 29, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Super Marioooooooo!!! :D

  190. Josh
    July 29, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    I'd play Super Metroid.

  191. Andrew
    July 29, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    I don't know, since I don't have any old cartridges. Maybe I'd try to get one of those E.T. cartridges that they dug out of that landfill, just to see if it was really that awful. I could also ask my younger brother if he still has any Sega Genesis cartridges, but I doubt it.

  192. Alex D
    July 29, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    It goes without saying the first game I'd fire up in a copy The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Then probably play a ton of Pokemon.

  193. Aaron C
    July 29, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    I think the first game I would play is Faxanadu. That is the one NES game that I feel like I always wanted to finish but didn't.

  194. Eric Sun
    July 29, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Contra on FC all over again...and again....and again...

  195. Kim M
    July 29, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    I don't know, I never owned any of the old consoles.

  196. Joel G
    July 29, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Final Fantasy II Super Ness since I have the cartridge :)

  197. ken
    July 29, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Super Mario Brothers

  198. Matt M
    July 29, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Castlevania Aria of Sorrow or Super Metroid would be my choice!

  199. Dmitriy S
    July 29, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Super Mario Brothers!

  200. Dave N
    July 29, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Super Mario Bros. 1

  201. Mat
    July 29, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Mega Man

  202. David H
    July 29, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3!

  203. ed
    July 29, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Probably play Zelda.

  204. John C
    July 29, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Too many to choose from.

  205. Jerry Rainwater
    July 29, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Most likely a Zelda game.

  206. DanH
    July 29, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Bionic Commando!

  207. TFHackett
    July 29, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Need this so I can play the Sega Genesis game "Bimini Run"

  208. Rachel K
    July 29, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I'd definitely be playing DIGGER!

    • Brian
      July 29, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      If I won the RetroN 5, I'd play Golden Sun: The Lost Age. I've been wanting to finish it for years!

  209. DAN J
    July 29, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Pong

  210. Gord
    July 29, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    So many games I played back then! I would have to choose Zelda as my first game to play.

  211. Bill Fleet
    July 29, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I would probably never get the chance to play it myself, since my kids would bowl me over trying to get to it first. I think one of the Zelda games would be first up.

  212. Denis K
    July 29, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I have good friend of mine, who is a huge retro games fan - first of all I would ask for his reccomendation, cause he also have a good taste in games.

  213. Miguel
    July 29, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I hope they have the ol' Atari Pitfall!

  214. Jerome M.
    July 29, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    That would definitely look great in my living room... :-D

  215. Stephen G.
    July 29, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Most likely, the first game I'd play would be Cybernoid.

    My wife is an avid console gamer, so I've been following news of the RetroN 5 with interest. I'd certainly like to reduce the number of consoles and switch boxes attached to our home theater system--a dozen consoles is problematic--however, I worry that the RetroN 5's emulation may prove inadequate to the task at an inopportune moment. Also, in the end, the RetroN 5 wouldn't reduce our connected console count by much.

    The RetroN 5 could replace our NES and our SuperNES with its Super Famicom adapter, but Hyperkin have stated the RetroN 5 can't work with the Sega 32X, and clearly, the SegaCD is also out, so that leaves our Sega Genesis (with all its strange protuberances) in place. Given that, $140 would reduce the number of consoles connected to my home theater by only one, which hardly seems worth it.

    As for the GameBoy, GameBoy Color, and GameBoy Advance compatibility, that is interesting. My kids enjoy watching one another play games, and doing so with older GameBoy games goes better on the TV than it does on the actual handhelds. However, when GameBoy Players sell for $20 to $40 each on eBay, it is again difficult to justify $100 or more extra for the RetroN 5.

    In the end, only the built-in HDMI output seems truly useful, especially so given how A/V receiver manufacturers have almost universally dropped S-Video inputs and upscaling capabilities from their products. There are gamers dedicated enough to retro consoles to purchase, connect, and tune to each system separate, external filter and scaler boxes, but I'm not willing to go that far. Even if the expense could be overlooked, the addition of more power and signal cables to what I already have to hide behind the A/V furniture would be too much to bear. The RetroN 5's built-in, single HDMI port, and its accompanying filters and scaler, are attractive on that basis, even if they can't perform as well as more expensive, separate components.

  216. devendra
    July 29, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    this is amazing retron 5 for playing game who are interstd in retro game i have many many consolse game but not device like this .... retron 5 so
    so so iloveit.... in my dream i will play it....

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