Hyperkin to Delay RetroN 5 Release
Back in March, video game peripheral manufacturer Hyperkin announced the RetroN 5, a retro gaming console that plays NES, Famicom, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advanced games. Naturally, I freaked the balls out when I heard about it and immediately started trying to figure what debts I could call in to get the money to order the thing when it was originally going to drop in October. A month before it’s release it was pushed back to next week, Dec. 10th, for “key modifications.” It has now been pushed back to 2014. I’m never going to get this console, am I?
Hyperkin announced on their blog late last week that they were pushing back the release of their magic retro box to Q1 2014 for technical reasons. According to Hyperkin, some packaged units had faulty pins in them. They don’t know how many units have these pins, so in order to give us consumers a great and functional product, we need to wait a few more months. Hyperkin’s project manager Lawrence Lee said in the announcement…
We apologize for the inconvenience. Hyperkin would like to thank you for all the support you have given us throughout the development of the RetroN 5. We are looking forward to its release, estimated to be within the first quarter of 2014, as soon as the issue has been resolved.
While I’m not thrilled about yet another delay on this awesome console, I completely understand the reasoning for the delay. If they were to release it on the 10th like they were planning, a lot of people would’ve gotten broken consoles, meaning Hyperkin would need to replace them all then and have a bunch of people pissed off at them. I would like to know how many units had faulty pins, though. Just out of curiosity.
The RetroN 5 is currently set for release in Q1 2014.