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June 2018 Retro Gaming Article


June 12, 2018 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Amidst the flurry of E3 news, Hyperkin opened up pre-orders on the Atari 2600 compatible RetroN 77

RetroN 77 Atari 2600 clone console
Finding a Nintendo clone console is easy - they're are all over. But Atari has been overlooked... until now!
I've tried a half dozen NES and SNES clone consoles and for the most part, they work well. Some of them have multiple cartridge slots allowing one console to play many different game formats. But... what about Atari? The Atari 2600 has a huge game library and there are still a lot of retro gamers who would love to have a clone for 2600 games with HDMI output for modern TVs.

RetroN 77 Atari 2600 clone console Hyperkin has touted an Atari 2600 clone console for several months. today, they announced the RetroN 77 pre-order. One of the more tedious aspects of retro gaming with original consoles is the changes to modern TVs. Gone are the beloved warm fuzzy CRT style TVs with RCA inputs. Some flat-screen TVs still offer RCA ports, but these old consoles look awful. If only there was an easy way to get our dusty cartridges compliant with HDMI. The RetroN 77 bridges this gap.

Outputting 720P, you'll find a 4:3 / 16:9 Aspect Ratio Button letting you fill the screen to your own preference. The RetroN 77 comes with one controller (wired, 10-foot cable), but also works with your original Atari joysticks and paddles.

I'm excited for this console as it welcomes my collection of old Atari game cartridges and gives me options for use on a modern Television. The largest unknown for me is how grippy the cart connection is. Hyperkin's Nintendo clones often have a savage grip on the game carts pcb which can be problematic to the life of the cart over time. That's a pretty minor concern considering what the RetroN 77 offers to retro gaming.

RetroN 77 Atari 2600 clone console

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