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E3 Expo Retro Gaming Revival

06/13/2013

Written by: E. Thomas

The E3 Expo is the most important gaming event of the calender year. This year retro gaming made a big splash on the show floor with several exciting new products and events. On the verge of a new console generation attendees were also looking to the past at the rich history of the video game industry. Here are just a few of the highlights from the show.

Hyperkin RetroN5

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The Hyperkin RetroN5 is the most talked about and most anticipated retro console in gaming history. This amazing new device actually has 5 cartridge slots and it supports up to 9 different game systems if you count regional variants. The selection includes the NES, SNES, Genesis, Famicom, Game Boy, GBC, and the GBA. The system comes with a revolutionary wireless controller that can be used to play any game on the system. It also has controller ports for each of the supported consoles, so you can use your original controllers if you want.

The hardware itself has a feature packed operating system that has many gaming and AV related options. This includes button mapping, built in cheats, save states and other great features. All of this is accessed and controlled through an easy to use GUI. The system also works well with modern televisions, which is a major concern for retro gamers and AV purists. The Hyperkin RetroN5 is set to debut this summer and it's expected to cost less than $100.

Super Retro Trio

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Innex is a company that specializes in making quality gaming hardware and accessories. They had their own multi console retro game system on display at the show. Dubbed the Super Retro Trio, the system has support for NES, SNES and Genesis game cartridges. It also has an optional adapter that allows gamers to play Game Boy Advance titles on the SR3. The base unit has support for original controllers and accessories for each of the supported consoles. It also features a PAL / NTSC region switch. The console itself has a retail price of $80, and the GBA adapter costs $40. The system is set for release this summer.

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iam8bit Entertainment System

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Move over PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One. Here comes the iam8bit Entertainment System. Created by Los Angeles based artist Travis Chen, this new home console is celebration of retro gaming. This creation was the centerpiece of a video game themed art exhibit held during the E3 Expo. It is a testament to the cultural impact of video games as an artform and to the enduring legacy of retro gaming. It's also a great conversation piece!

The Video Game History Musuem

The Video Game History Museum returned to E3 for the third year in a row. This amazing exhibit showcases over 40 years of gaming history. Tons of truly rare and historic items were on display at the show. Gamers drooled over rare prototypes, exclusive merchandise, and tons of retro gaming paraphernalia. There was also a playable console museum and dozens of arcade games set on free play for all to enjoy. We even spotted several video game industry legends hanging out in the booth including David Crane, creator of Pitfall and founder of Activision, and Intellivision kingpin Keith Robinson. Wow!

The Video Game History Museum serves a very important purpose. It was created to document, protect and preserve the history of our beloved video game industry. Created by the founders of the extremely popular Classic Gaming Expo, the travelling exhibit will soon have a permanent home in the silicon valley of northern California. It makes me very happy to see this exhibit at the E3 Expo. E3 is the most vital and important event in the gaming calendar year. This exhibit is a reminder of our rich history and it stands as the foundation for the modern video game industry. To learn more about this incredible museum be sure to check out the official website.

http://www.vghmuseum.org/

Disney's DuckTales Remastered

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Scrooge McDuck and the gang return in this modern update to the 1980s video game classic. This new version is being created by the brilliant minds at Way Forward, the developer behind such amazing games as Shantae, Adventure Time, and Silent Hill: Book of Memories. The company also has a strong track record for creating great retro revival titles such as Contra 4, A Boy and His Blob (Wii), Double Dragon Neon and Centipede Infestation.

DuckTales Remastered will be a downloadable title. The game features beautiful hand drawn animation along with stunning high definition graphics. And now for the best part, the game will even feature voice actors from the original TV show! Alan Young, the voice of Scrooge McDuck, will reprise his role as everyone's favorite billionaire duck. We eagerly anticipate the release of this game. We hope to bring you more news on this subject in the coming months. Stay tuned!

See Also: DuckTales Remastered Launch Trailer (VIDEO)

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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