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Hyperkin Retron 3 Video Game System for NES/SNES/GENESIS - Red

by Hyperkin See the Amazon Page for this brand
Sega Genesis, Nintendo NES, Nintendo Super NES
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews) 7 answered questions

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  • Two original control ports for each gaming platform
  • S-video and composite AV inputs
  • Compatible with original Nintendo, SEGA Genesis or Super Nintendo controllers
  • Includes two wireless controllers (batteries not included)
  • Available in vector red or charcoal gray color

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003O3EFY2
  • Item Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 27, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,088 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Tap into the joy of your childhood with the Retro N 3 gaming system. Capable of playing Nintendo, SEGA Genesis and Super Nintendo cartridges, the Retro 3 is the only system you need to play thousands of classic games.

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190 of 200 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best clone system. November 7, 2010
By PSony
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I got my Retron 3 today and it already replaced my Genesis and SNES. It's very lightweight and the build quality is definitely not up there with Nintendo or Sega, but it looks decent (the gray one, not the red one) and does what is advertised. It's very convenient to go from playing Genesis to SNES with just a flick of the knob instead of having to plug and unplug av cables, in addition to how much shelf space and power outlet space it saves.

On the NES side, there is composite video and dual mono output (s-video doesn't work on NES). For Genesis and SNES, there is composite video, s-video, and stereo audio output. Composite video on NES is ok, but it's very dark for Genesis and SNES. It's not really a problem since it's better to use s-video for Genesis and SNES anyways. Compared to composite, s-video output is very sharp and bright. Even the standard Genesis systems don't feature s-video output, so this is a very nice feature of the Retron 3. Since the NES side doesn't work with s-video, it is a bit annoying to have to plug and unplug the s-video cable to play NES games.

The Genesis sound is a little inaccurate. I noticed in Sagaia that the sound effects are louder than the music and a bit of the soundtrack is off key. Also, there is a little buzzing noise on NES and Genesis games. I can live with it. At least it doesn't sound totally butchered up like the Atgames Genesis clones. Most of my other games don't sound too different than on a model 1 Genesis. SNES sound is perfect. I don't know how accurate the NES sound is since I never owned one.

The packed-in wireless controllers are only good for NES games. For Genesis, not only are the A/B buttons swapped, but so are the X/Y buttons. Sometimes I forgot and pressed the wrong buttons.
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121 of 131 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The replicated machine July 1, 2010
By Roy C
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The retron 3 first of all isn't a collection of old school games or a brand new console; it's a clone console. It's a big industry that popped up when the copyrights on the technology of old game consoles expired. They're completely legal recreations of classic video game systems, and the retron 3's claim to fame is that it emulates the big three of 90's nostalgia: NES, SNES and Genesis - any kid who cared about social status owned at least one of them and while some of us are lucky enough to still have working ones, most of us either sold ours, had it break down, or are simply interested in buying the ones we never had, but aren't willing to drop the cash for all of them complete with the original power adapter and RF converter (spoiler alert: those had a tendency to break.
The Retron 3 can't play every game for these systems, there are a (very)few nintendo and at least 2 sega games that use special chips who's patents are still owned by their respective companies, and they won't play on this and if you're interested in a full list, it's an easy enough find on google. When you get past that what you have is an unbelievable machine. The S-Video output these things come with, for those of you unaware, is outdated by todays standards but is the distant future of 20XX compared to the technology the old consoles used - it makes genesis and snes games look absolutely unbelievable. The colors are better, lightening is balanced and perfect and everything is 3 times sharper; the only downside is that s-video won't work on NES games - this isn't the developers being lazy, s-video and 480p was stuff nasa probably wasn't using when the NES came out and the cartridges simply aren't programed with that resolution in mind.
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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely the best clone console July 19, 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I'll start off by saying this console is built better than other clone consoles. The video and audio glitches and differences are far less noticeable. Unlike other clone consoles, the Retron 3 doesn't put a death grip on your cartridges.

So let's look at the bad side of things. Like many other clone consoles, the Retron 3 controllers are terrible BUT it is saved by an ingenius design. The wireless controllers are useless. They use infrared, which means you have to have them right in front of the console, and even at that they're not responsive. They just fail. The reason this doesn't kill the console is because there are controller ports on 3 sides. One side for Nes, one for Snes, and one for Genesis. I'd rather use my original controllers than any clone console controllers. But if you don't have original controllers, it may be a turn off to basically have to buy them. It doesn't come with a light gun, but like I said it has the original controller ports so you can get a Zapper and play it.

Outside of the crappy controllers, there's really nothing I can complain about. I've heard it has compatibility issues with a few games The only one of my games it won't play is Castlevania 3 (which was disappointing) but it plays all of my other games perfectly. The dust covers on the slots aren't flimsy. The buttons are absolutely amazing (it may seem pointless to rave about that but on other clone consoles I've had problems with the reset button and the dial to switch between the consoles, not on this one). It also comes with an S-video connector which allows better video quality.

Overall, this console is worth the money, and you can't beat it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible hardware quality.
Played it twice and it fried.
Published 3 days ago by T. McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought it for hubby as a b-day present... LOVES it!
Published 4 days ago by Heather
2.0 out of 5 stars DONT KNOW
Second controller recieved broken already DOA
BUT I HAVE FEW NES CONTROLLER
original controller came with it need to be aligned with the console because it uses infrared... Read more
Published 4 days ago by julennz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Works Great!
Published 10 days ago by C. Harris
1.0 out of 5 stars Letdown
Console does not work and there is no option for return. It gives off "tracking lines" from the days of a VCR and no audio can be obtained despite purchasing new input... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Casey Keyfauver
1.0 out of 5 stars not worth the money
I bought this thinking what a great deal I onky need one game system. But I cant even get past level one mario brother because this gaming system has such a delay that it makes it... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars haven't really tested this but love having old games available again
This will let me play my Nintendo, my Super Nintendo and my Sega games; I really like some of those old games its nice to be able to play them again.
Published 29 days ago by setzco
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
i like it.
my SFC have problem sound. so i bought this machine.
and i need MD. so it is good choice.
Published 1 month ago by WonJoon
5.0 out of 5 stars This is it!
I was a little skeptical at first. But once I set it up and place the 1st game in I was hooked. Got a reg nintendo,super nintendo and a sega cartridge in the system. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charles A. Crosby
4.0 out of 5 stars Good System but the wireless padles suck!!
I recommend this system to anyone who plays classic NES, SNES or Sega games.. the only problem is the paddles it comes with.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joshua Bawden
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