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

Platform : Nintendo NES, Nintendo Super NES, Sega Genesis
3.2 out of 5 stars 502 customer reviews

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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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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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  • ASIN: B003O3EFY2
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 10.7 x 3.1 inches ; 2.8 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 27, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (502 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,024 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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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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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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My old front loader NES has finally bit the dust after years of having to shake it, blow in it, and hit the reset button in the right combonation to make it work. I'd heard about the replacement systems and decided to give it a try. The Retron 3 seemed to be the best rated and reviewed on Amazon so I decided to get it. I got it primarily to replace my NES but liked the fact that it played SNES and Sega Genesis games as well. My SNES system still works fine and I don't own any Genesis games but I thought it would be nice to have just in case.

The system itself is nice to look at and it doesn't feel cheap at all. The first thing I did was plug it up to my HD TV using standard AV cables and the NES and SNES games I tested out in it looked great! The system also has an S-video hookup but I don't have one of those cables. My only complaint is it's functionality with the original NES controllers. The system has three sets of controller ports and is supposed to work with original NES, SNES, and Genesis controllers. I tested the system with my SNES controllers (a regular controller and a 3rd party turbo controller) and they both worked fine. I tested both of my NES controllers and they wouldn't work! Only the B button did anything. I tried the system with the wireless controller that came with and they worked ok. The buttons felt a little cheap and you had to point the controllers directly at the system like a tv remote. The back of the controller also gave a button conversion stating which buttons do what for which systems. The layout works as expected with NES and SNES games but it looks like they dropped the ball with Sega Genesis. Sega has three buttons that go from left to right and the retron conroller reversed the last two buttons so instead of A,B,C it goes A,C,B.
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