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8BitSamurai

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61. Posted:

HyperkinFacebook wrote:

Re-post - Why we delayed the RetroN 5 after the pin malfunction.

Once the pin issue happened we had some time to look at the console deeply and we delayed the launch. Part of this delay was that we wanted to put things into the RetroN 5 but when we started it was far too expensive. As things progressed, we were able to add more features that we wanted. Game genie wasn't originally in the cards but we found a way to do it. Screenshots had a similar story. As we have had more time to work on it, the RetroN 5 has been getting better and better. I often hear people get really upset that it is not out yet but I just take it on the chin because I know when it comes out you guys will really like it. I am very proud of what we have been able to accomplish and there is no group of people that want to release the console more than we do. We want all of hard work to be shown for the world to see. However, we did not want the product to have glaring issues that we overlooked because we had to make a deadline. Castlevania 3 had sound problems we needed to fix that took forever. Mega Man 3-6 did not respond at all to our feature set. We have used tens of thousands of cartridges with beta testers all over the world in order to test every single game from every library. Yes..we did that. Every. Single. Game. It took a very long time. But we are close. I promise you it is not vaporware. I have played it for hours and seen what it can do. We did not want to release a product that needs a firmware update every 3 weeks like what people by now. So are we beyond our deadline? Yes. Are we late to launch? Yes. I agree delays suck. But this is the best product we have ever created. We just wanted to get everything right. It is my hope that being upfront with the community will assure your confidence.

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62. Posted:

RancidVomit86 wrote:

edhe wrote:

I was so hyped for this, but I can't find a place - one with a reasonably priced unit to preorder from. I'll probably have to wait a few months now.

I've joined a mailing list for stoneagegamer, so hopefully, I can pick one up eventually.

Can do it from Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00DZIX3CQ?pc_redir=1396750654&...

It isn't available on amazon.co.uk yet. But I'll keep an eye out.

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63. Posted:

Hyperkin will be having a showing at MGC, where they announced it last year, in the morning. Fingers crossed for incoming release dates, and any last minute details of the R5.

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64. Posted:

If you missed Hyperkin's showing at MGC, don't worry! Here's a video for ya, courtesy of Video Game Rescue.

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Again, they haven't mentioned the exact release date. However, they're going into the production phase, meaning that RetroN 5 is to be released in the next 30 days.

Also, I'm glad to hear that SNES games supporting the multitap won't longer require you to own the peripheral. All you need to own for a 4 player Super Bomberman match is 4 controllers. Each player has a choice of a SNES controller, a Genesis controller, a NES controller or a RetroN 5 Wireless controller.

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65. Posted:

@JCnator

Thanks for posting! Kind of wished we had an actual release week or something in stone, but my hype levels are still strong. Just really tired of the delays and vague release windows. I'm pretty sure there's not more that could go wrong, though.

Another interview! [youtube:dTWfprTiO7o]

Too long; Didn't watch version of the videos for impatient ones.

  • Retron 5 coming out within 30 days, guaranteed. Retron 5 are on boats as I'm typing. There are actual retail Retron 5's in retail boxing ready to be sold, not a myth. The hardware and firmware are 100% finished.
  • Mix and match controllers for multiplayer, even for 4 player games.
  • The Retron 5 will have customizable profiles and instant loading times.
  • The lag some people had with the controllers has been minimized to negligible levels.
  • The new Retron x86 will be designed to play DOS games. You can play games from 1986-1999.
  • Designed like the computers of old, Vic-20 in particular.
  • HDMI out, HD resolutions.
  • The system also doubles as a low-end Linux computer.
  • The x86 is supposed to come out this fall, at $99.

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SEGA Master System card games work! Anybody up for Ghost House?

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67. Posted:

[youtube:tPAP_jZj0wc]
The price has been raised now. It's gone up from $100 to about $140. For those who pre-ordered, depending on where you did, you should still only have to pay $100.

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68. Posted:

@8BitSamurai - I can live with $140. That's still infinitely cheaper than the other ridiculously priced next gen systems. I just hope I can find one in a store and not have to order it online.

also, I'm going to have to buy a USB to SD card reader dongle thingy because not a single computer in my possession has an SD card reader (crazy, I know).

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69. Posted:

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@8BitSamurai - I can live with $140. That's still infinitely cheaper than the other ridiculously priced next gen systems. I just hope I can find one in a store and not have to order it online.

I think Hyperkin will have a store locator up on their website when the Retron 5 finally launches.

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70. Posted:

Funstock seems to be open for pre orders in the UK now again, still don't know of a specific release date though hopefully this is a sign its coming soon.

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71. Posted:

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Funstock seems to be open for pre orders in the UK now again, still don't know of a specific release date though hopefully this is a sign its coming soon.

Last time I checked (about a week or two ago), they had sold out, so it's good to see they have some in stock.

My only concern is that it'll be shipped from America, and will probably come with an American plug. I'm sure I'd be able to use a common plug, but it's a bit of a hassle. The Q&A section has a question about this very thing, and to the retailer's best knowledge, it'll ship with a multi-adaptor for both regions.

The price (£89.99 - $151) is right as well - and with talk earlier in the thread about the cost going up, I hope they can honour the preorders at these prices. During the last two weeks, when I was trying to find a place that still offered pre-orders, I saw some were priced at about £120.

[EDIT] Well, apparently, they are out of stock. It'd be nice if they had some sort of signifier on the store page on whether it is sold out or not - I proceeded to checkout, and that was where funstock decided to tell me the product is unavailable...

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72. Posted:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1450166828561257&set...
(a video from Hyperkin's facebook page)

So much for that April release.

In the video, it is explained that, basically, demand for the console outstripped supply - they could fulfill American preorders alone, but wanted an international release, and so held off until they have enough consoles.

...still can't find a place to preorder it from...

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73. Posted:

Could the release coincide with their N64 surprise?

Oh well. Crazy that people will still complain, but preorders are tripling and stock is sold out at the same time.

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74. Posted:

Hyperkin's website is now listing the Retron 5 for $140 and the controllers for $40. Still no release date, it seems very very unlikely we will be getting it in the "guaranteed" within 12 days from now window.

http://hyperkin.com/retro/retron-5.html

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75. Posted:

[youtube:WumhlOPS1ig]
Reviewers have been getting their units through the week. The reviews should follow fairly soon.

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76. Posted:

I wish they would stop delaying it.

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77. Posted:

A review is up!

...And the system is delayed again. -_-

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78. Posted:

[youtube:YCLn4L2roq0]
IGN plays the R5. Still probably not coming out this spring, IGN's unit isn't even from a final production run. Are they waiting for Half-Life 3 and The Last Guardian to come out so they can launch aside those?

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79. Posted:

yeah after reading and watching both of the above, I'm just not sure it does what I want - which is playing the carts as carts. Like the dude with save data issues Gameboy-side - and the fact that Retron themselves make a point to say "WE CAN RECEIVE SAVED DATA FROM GAMEBOY ADVANCE GAMES" or something similar on their site - it's just duping a quick rom. It's a cool idea - but after watching the guy's copy of Minish Cap take close to a minute to load up... not so sure I'm on board.

That and the controller is just the worst thing ever conceived. 5 dollar bargain-basement usb controllers are 100x as capable... Mortified by that thing :(

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80. Posted:

http://www.polygon.com/2014/5/21/5740214/retron-5-retro-conso...
Systems are supposed to be shipping out to retailers, who can release it in a week or so. I highly doubt it, and I'll believe it when I see it. I think "July", "October", "December", "Q1", "April", "Within 30 days guaranteed", and "$99" have displayed Hyperkin's trustworthiness quite well.

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