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

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Sega Genesis, Nintendo NES, Nintendo Super NES
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 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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  • 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 (291 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,148 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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186 of 196 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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117 of 127 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
1.0 out of 5 stars great consept, terrible execution
A great idea to be able to play three games using one console, and adding two wireless controllers that can be used for all three consoles. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Ryan Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars good
i like so much. i Can play again my favorite game ..excellent product, works great , have easy handling, and good quality as it is announced. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Mayra
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice
This system is exactly as described. It really helps me to play my older game systems. Thanks again.Very satisfied customer
Published 7 days ago by Marie McKee
1.0 out of 5 stars Hyperkin Retron 3 Video Game System for NES/SNES/GENESIS review
the player is just what I expected, there are some minor cartridge issues, but not as many as the original game players, the remote controllers are good but the signal field too... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Randy Conner
4.0 out of 5 stars Really like it
I love that it plays all my old Nes, Snes, AND Genesis games. It even works with my Power Glove! The only reason I can't give it 5 stars is the wireless controllers. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Billy Bowles
5.0 out of 5 stars SWEEETNESSS!!!!
This thing is great, works with all my old games, plus it looks better then the originals too!!! With the xtra plugins for the OEM style controllers, it makes for the ultimate... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Jessie S. Murray
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Clone Console
I have bought this console to play SNES games and NES and some Genesis games. I like it but it has some problems... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris Yarch
4.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
I don't have this anymore but I didn't play it much…the wireless remotes are weird and sometimes they worked well and other times not at all…I was lucky to have my old remotes from... Read more
Published 1 month ago by movieWolf buff
4.0 out of 5 stars For oldschool gamers
Great for playing old games from my childhood. I have had no problems with it, though it not the sturdiest thing and the controllers with it aren't that great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jake Vahle
5.0 out of 5 stars what a great system.
this system is amazing. tho the controllers it comes with are a little funky at first. it was much cheaper online than it was here in town and thats including the shipping. Read more
Published 1 month ago by chris
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