NES Classic is dead, but there’s a new way to play Nintendo in HD
If you’re still puzzled over Nintendo’s baffling decision to discontinue the extremely popular NES Classic, I have some good news: Hyperkin’s got your back.
The hardware maker’s latest creation — out May 25 — is the RetroN HD. It’s basically a Nintendo Entertainment System, only it can play your old cartridges in HD.
While you’ll need to actually own copies of the games you want to play — unlike the Classic with its built-in library — you also won’t be restricted to just 30 titles. It’s not unlike Hyperkin’s RetroN 5 — which features cartridge ports for five different consoles — except it’s for NES games only.
RetroN HD outputs at a 720p resolution and supports both NTSC and PAL format Nintendo cartridges. It also comes with an NES-style control — equipped with a 10-foot cord — and outputs for both HDMI and standard def A/V (plus cables for both).
If you’re not familiar with console emulators like the ones Hyperkin is known for, take note: the RetroN HD has “high compatibility” with both PAL and NTSC cartridges, but that doesn’t mean it works with every single thing. Give the RetroN 5 compatibility list a look if you want to better set your expectations.
The RetroN HD will be available in both black and NES-style grey color schemes for $40. And if you’re still scarred after many fruitless attempts to nab a Classic, take heart: you can pre-order this one, either from Hyperkin directly or via Amazon.