Gone are the days of hopping online and waiting for NES Classic Edition restocks. Gone are the days of shopping for the most reasonable scalper, and gone are the days of power-walking through the electronics sections of Walmart and Target hoping to see an overlooked mini NES. If you haven't gotten an NES Classic Edition by now, you're probably not going to. That doesn't mean you can enjoy proper NES gaming on your big screen TV, though! Hyperkin has released a fantastic little NES console of its own, and it's available for a fraction of the price.
Say hello to the RetroN 1 HD Gaming Console for NES. The RetroN 1 has been around for a bit, but this redesign makes it look more like the original NES, and that will attract many collectors.This little NES lookalike will play all of your original NES cartridges in HD. You read that right: this is a brand new console which plays actual, physical NES cartridges. Some of you will be turned off by that since the NES Classic Edition came with came digitally pre-loaded, while many of you will prefer this solution, since you likely still have large collections of retro NES games laying around. I know I still have mine.
This console boasts another neat feature, too. Not only can you play your old North American NES games, but flipping from NTSC and PAL cartridge compatibility is as simple as hitting a switch on the bottom of the console.
For $39.99, we think this sounds like a pretty sweet deal. Here are the console features, taken straight from the Amazon listing:
- HD audio and video (720p), 16:9/4:3 aspect ratio switch
High compatibility for NTSC AND PAL cartridges (via bottom case switch)
Premium classic-style “Cadet” controller (10 ft. cable)
3 ft. HD cable, 6 ft. Micro USB charge cable with USB AC Adapter
Also includes AV ports with AV cable