Thread: RetroN 5

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    • 4 years 6 days ago
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    I'm not into clone consoles, but I might have to make an exception with the RetroN 5. It plays NES, Famicom, Super NES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games through 720p HDMI. It even plays Sega Master System games if you have a Power Base Converter for the Genesis. The best part is that you can download translation patches to it so you can play your Japanese cartridges in English! That feature alone makes me want to buy one.
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      • 4 years 6 days ago
      • Posts: 1982
      What Japan cartridges do you have or want? I recently got this strange platformer called Wagyan Land that's pretty neat.

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        • 4 years 6 days ago
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        The only Famicom cartridges I own right now are Lickle (Little Samson) and Devil World. There's no reading required for those games, so I wouldn't need a translation for them.

        I'd love to own a copy of Cocoron, it's a platformer similar to Mega Man where you create your own character. It was designed by former Capcom employees.
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          • 4 years 4 days ago
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          I've been hearing mixed reviews about the RetroN 5 actually. I think if I were to get it, I would do so to play Game Boy titles on there since you can get the best quality playing those games on that console. Other than that, I was never a fan of emulated consoles... and the RetroN 5, from what I've seen in reviews and gameplay footage, the emulation doesn't fully run the way it should... and in many cases, you're better off owning the original consoles.

          Personally, what I'd rather go for is an RGB console set up that runs through the XRGB Mini Framemeister. From what I've seen and heard about that, it upconverts your consoles, and outputs it in the best resolution possible. It sounds amazing, and is definitely something I'd want to have for my retro gaming set up. It's also what I'd be willing to use if I were to get back into doing video game reviews on my channel. I don't know how good the quality of Game Boy/Game Boy Advance titles would be through the Framemeister... but if the games run better on the RetroN 5, then I may get it for that reason.
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            • 4 years 4 days ago
            • Posts: 1982
            For NES, I have never noticed a problem with emulation graphics, sound, or timing. I've heard of such issues, but either I've never seen them or they are not noticeable to me.

            I agree that the original consoles are best if you can manage them. Out of platforms the Retron5 handles, I have all of the Nintendo consoles except GBA. So I'm a little bit sorry to say that Corcoron is almost the one and only reason for me to get one, because I really want to play it, but I can't justify buying a whole console just for that. I guess I'll just go back to the Dreamcast for that one.
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              • 4 years 4 days ago
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              As far as Cocoron goes, there does exist reproduction carts of the English version. I think I'm more likely going to go for that than I would with the RetroN 5. Sure, it may not come cheap, but it's less than what you would get paying for the entire console just to play one game.

              But like I said, the biggest reason I would have of buying the RetroN 5 is to play Game Boy and Game Boy Advance titles on the TV. I've read from a few places that the GBA emulation on the RetroN 5 is almost as good as the Wii U's GBA titles. In other words, it runs them much better than the Super Game Boy and Game Boy Player does. Even then, I'm still in no rush of buying that system.
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                • 4 years 3 days ago
                • Posts: 1982
                Wait, what's wrong with Super Game Boy? I haven't noticed or heard of any trouble with it. Or Game Boy Player for that matter, again not that I have one.

                Regarding Cocoron expensive repro carts...I'd rather play it free. I did buy a pirate Famicom cart of Lickle, but that was after I had already experienced the awesomeness. Plus it's OG, not some new thing that somebody sacrificed an already expensive game for (Gimmick)
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                  • 4 years 3 days ago
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                  I don't know what to think about reproduction cartridges. On one hand, you get to play many unreleased games. On the other hand, these people are sacrificing existing cartridges to make them.

                  Classic games aren't getting cheaper, and with some of them being made for these reproductions, they'll be harder to find.

                  I think it would be better if they used new parts for reproductions rather than existing ones.

                  The more I think about it, the RetroN 5 isn't for me. Hyperkin doesn't exactly have a perfect record, and I already have most of the consoles it plays. If I got one, it would only be for translating Japanese cartridges.
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                    • 4 years 3 days ago
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                    Wait, what's wrong with Super Game Boy? I haven't noticed or heard of any trouble with it. Or Game Boy Player for that matter, again not that I have one.


                    Nothing really wrong with them, per se. It's just when you're looking to go with the methods of getting the best HD quality on the old retro consoles, the Super Game Boy and Game Boy Player doesn't deliver the best results. When running through the XRGB Framemeister... the Game Boy Player can deliver good results. But, it's still not quite satisfactory compared to how the emulation of GBA games on the Wii U. The Super Game Boy uses a widowed 240p resolution that is of more compressed quality compared to how it's played on the actual Game Boy. It's still pretty good for playing Game Boy games, but still doesn't deliver the best HD results. The RetroN 5 seems to be one of the best solutions towards playing GB/GBA games on the big screen, so I might go for it for that reason.
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                      • 4 years 3 days ago
                      • Posts: 1982
                      Oh, now I see. Good. I don't care about HD. I'm not a fan of the windowing, but I can deal with it.

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                      I think it would be better if they used new parts for reproductions rather than existing ones.

                      The more I think about it, the RetroN 5 isn't for me. Hyperkin doesn't exactly have a perfect record, and I already have most of the consoles it plays. If I got one, it would only be for translating Japanese cartridges.

                      I agree with you on all counts.

                      Do you have a Dreamcast? If so I recommend NesterDC. It's a great emulator. It even plays MMC games like Castlevania 3 that the Retron doesn't. One time I patched a game to play with it and it was really easy to do. The only problem is your friends might struggle with the controls. I had to take extra buttons out of a controller so player 2 wouldn't be constantly dropping the game out to the menu, lol
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                        • 4 years 3 days ago
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                        I have a Dreamcast, but I'm not comfortable with using burned discs on it. I've heard since burned discs have a different pattern than what the laser is used to reading with GD-ROMs, it wears out faster. Besides, I'm not into emulation, I prefer playing on original hardware and cartridges. I only emulate if it's something like the Virtual Console or one of those many arcade compilations. I guess I just like the thrill of the hunt for the classics.
                        "There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin." -Linus van Pelt
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                          • 4 years 3 days ago
                          • Posts: 1982
                          Huh, I never heard about this thing with the homemade discs. Good to know.

                          After many years of using NesterDC I came to prefer original hardware as well. The problem is, I also prefer original software. I will not pay $75 for a new copy of an old game. An old copy at that price is bad enough. So for the very few games that are
                          1.compelling 2.never released in English 3.require reading to play
                          I will keep using the DC. If it ever breaks and I can't replace I guess I'll have to look into modding my Wii or something.
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