The master console of retro gaming – no, not the Ouya – has been delayed.
A series of faulty pins in the cartridge slots have halted the release of the product, for now. Set to release in December, its been pushed to an early 2014 release and will cost $99.
A classic gamer’s dream, the Retron 5 has slots for NES, SNES, GameBoy Advance, GameBoy Colour, Genesis/Mega Drive, and Famicom cartridges. It even features its own Bluetooth controller, and has an HDMI output allowing users to play these classics on modern television sets.
With the release of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 now behind us, the buzz surrounding the two consoles has fizzled out. The delay of the Retron 5 is disappointing not only because we now have to wait a little longer to dive into nostalgia land, but it’s release in December would have offered us a plethora of games to play over the holidays. I mean, let’s face it, Xbox One and PS4 have a small library of titles that don’t pack any substantial punches or surprises. We’re still within the launch window so it’s no surprise, but being able to go back and play Turtles in Time and Mickey Mouse: The Great Circus Mystery on one system would have been a nice holiday treat. Mickey and Minnie were fierce back in the day.
If you have a Retron 3, you’re lucky. Enjoy it. For the rest of us, we’ll have to wait a little longer to relive some classic memories.