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Retro Gaming Returns to the Living Room

Written by: Elliott Thomas

The Retro Gaming Revival:

These days retro gaming is more popular than ever. Classic game collections can be found on every console, computer and mobile device. Now five new consoles dare to bring classic gaming hardware back to your living room TV. The explosive popularity of these new consoles can only be described as a retro gaming revolution!

The Atari Flashback 4 Deluxe Edition:

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The Atari Flashback series has been a popular franchise since it first debuted in 2004. The latest version of this hardware, the Atari Flashback 4, was released in Fall of 2012. The basic model was quickly followed by a deluxe edition, pictured above. The FB4 features 75 built in classic Atari 2600 games. The base unit comes with standard wireless controllers, but it also works with practically every classic Atari 2600 controller. The deluxe model is bundled with two 2600 style paddle controllers. The paddle controllers give the player the complete Atari 2600 experience.

You can read our full review of this extremely popular classic console HERE.

You can also watch our unboxing video HERE.

Neo-Geo X Gold: Limited Edition:

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The Neo-Geo X Gold is actually two gaming devices in one. This system is both a handheld device and a console. The handheld unit, dubbed the Neo-Geo Station X, comes with 20 pre-loaded classic Neo-Geo titles. It also features a crisp 4.3" LCD display. Games can be played in both 16x9 mode or in their native 4x3 format. The device also features a game cartridge slot, stereo speakers, and a standard headphone jack. Games are controlled using a thumb stick that is very similar to the one found on the Neo-Geo Pocket. The unit also has four face buttons and four L+R triggers, two on each side.

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The Neo-Geo Station X can be plugged into the base unit, which opens like a clamshell to hold the portable unit inside. The base unit features HDMI as well as standard composite cables, both of which are included in the basic package. The console also has a Neo-Geo AES styled controller. This controller is light, comfortable and surprisingly responsive. The entire system is expandable and new game cartridges will be made available in the coming months.

Tec-Toy Master System Evolution:

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Available only in South America, the Tec-Toy Master System Evolution brings the classic Sega Master System console back to life. Sega, in conjunction with Tec-Toy, has been making plug and play consoles in South America since the time of the Sega Dreamcast. In a way, you could say that Sega never actually left the console market. The MS Evolution, and it's cousin the Mega Drive 3, are extremely popular items south of the border. The Sega brand thrives in South America, especially in Brazil. The MS Evolution features 132 built in Sega Master System games. Some of these games were never released in the United States. The standard console comes with two six button Sega Genesis style controllers. It also features standard AV cables.

You can watch a nice unboxing video of the Master System Evolution HERE.

AtGames Genesis Classic Console (AKA Gen-80):

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The AtGames Genesis Classic Console, dubbed the "Gen 80" by fans, is a brand new Genesis / Mega Drive console with 80 built in games. The base unit also features two wireless six button controllers and two controller ports, which work with most Genesis controllers. The wireless controllers can be used to select a game, reset, and return to the system menu. The standard bundle also includes an AC adapter and AV cords. Wired controllers are also available on the AtGames website.

The base unit features a standard cartridge slot, but it also comes with 80 built in games. 40 of the games are classic Genesis titles, and 40 are the typical games you would find on a plug and play device. There are many great titles in the Genesis collection, including such classics as Altered Beast, Sonic the Hedgehog, Golden Axe, and Virtual Fighter 2. The other 40 non-Genesis titles include a number of interesting and unique games including my personal favorite, a Frogger clone featuring humans simply called "Cross the Road."

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You can read our full review of the Gen 80 and it's handheld cousin the Genesis Ultimate Portable HERE.

You can watch our unboxing video of the Genesis Classic Console HERE.

You can watch our unboxing video of the Genesis Ultimate Portable HERE.

Hyperkin RetroN5:

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Finally, we come to the most ambitious retro console ever made. The newly announced Hyperkin RetroN5. For many years Hyperkin has produced quality retro consoles. Their most recent and popular system was the RetroN3, a console that combined the NES, SNES and Genesis into one amazing system. Now Hyperkin ups the ante with the new RetroN5. This console will feature cartridge slots and compatibility for up to nine different game systems. This includes the NES, Famicom, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Game Boy, Game Boy Color and the Game Boy Advance.

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The system will come bundled with a revolutionary universal controller. But the console will also have controller ports for three different systems including the NES, SNES and Genesis. As with previous Hyperkin game systems, like the RetroN3, the base unit will be compatible with controllers and accessories for all supported consoles.

The RetroN5 will be a technical marvel that will improve the playability of classic games on modern TV technology. The base unit will feature both standard AV out and HDMI support. It will also up-convert the video signal to create clean, crisp images with bright colors and without lag. Users can even select the aspect ratio choosing between the original 4x3 or the modern 16x9. This is an option that is certain to please retro gaming purists. Video resolution will reach 720p.

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The RetroN5 system has a robust GUI which allows players to choose a number of gameplay and video related options. It will even support game save states, which lets the player suspend and resume a game at will. The base unit will also have a built in USB port, which is used to charge and sync the revolutionary wireless controller. Button mapping will also be a supported feature.

You can learn more about the RetroN5 HERE.

About The Author: E.Thomas is a hardcore retro gaming enthusiast. His retro gaming collection could fill a small house. When you ask him, "Have You played Atari today?", he will almost always say, "Yes."

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