Posted on May 24, 2010, Phil Owen Wireless Is the New Retro
Retro consoles are a great idea. I remember the first time I went into a Replays store in Alabama when I was in high school and discovering these things; suffice to say it blew my mind. Of course, now that I can play many old titles on current consoles without having to shop around for cartridges, and I’m not generally a nostalgic person anyway, I don’t personally have much need for these things right now.
However, some people still have piles of old cartridges and no working console to play them on, and they’d rather not switch to playing pirated ROMs on the PC. A few companies, like Yobo, Retro Duo and Hyperkin, make these things, and they’re mostly indistinguishable from each other. But Hyperkin’s newest, the RetroN3, which they will launch at E3 and can play NES, SNES and Genesis games, has one feature that sets it apart: wireless Genesis controllers.
I feel like that makes this thing a pretty big deal, provided, of course, that these aren’t like the horrid IR controllers of old and aren’t shoddily built; that would be as disappointing as the Lost finale last night.
Anyway, $69.99 gets you one of these. That’s a higher price point than the FC3, but hopefully it’s also less craptacular, and the wireless would make it worth it anyway.