While walking the floor at PAX East 2014, we got a chance to talk to Hyperkin about their plans for the Retron 5. The system might be one of the most highly anticipated third-party systems in recent memory. Why? Because you can throw in your NES, SNES, Genesis, Famicon, and GBA games. You can also plug in Super Famicom, Mega Drive, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy cartridges too. At an anticipated price-range in the $100, this is a must-buy.
When we spoke to a representative at their booth, we were told that they missed launch in December because of production malfunctions. Specifically, about 80% of their Famicom pins were DOA. Famicom might be the least-used feature of the new system when it launches, but they refuse to launch a defective product in any regard. We can respect this, so the wait will be worth it.
When we asked for a launch date, we were told they have, “10,000 units on the boat on their way right now”. Hyperkin was unsure of how long US Customs will take to process the pallets.
This is just the nature of the beast when it comes to outsourcing a product with many different overseas suppliers and manufacturers. As a side note: To preserve their integrity, Hyperkin mentioned they will never announce a hard launch-date again.
Anticipated launch? They told us sometime in May. We look forward to it!