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January 8, 2020 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Hyperkin rolls into CES with the Retron Jr. playing Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance cartridges

Hyperkin's Retron Jr. for Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance
This console puts three iterations of Game Boy on your TV via HDMI at 720P!
Previously displayed a few years ago as an April Fools prank, the Retron Jr. is at the Hyperkin booth at CES. This Ouya-reminiscent cube has a slot for all your Game Boy carts and uses emulation to output them on your modern TV. It's bundled with an SNES-style controller.

Another interesting facet is the inclusion of Game Boy's original Link Port. Tetris comes to mind, but there were a bunch of games that supported "wired" 2-player action between two Game Boy consoles. As I understand it, Hyperkin isn't sure if the multi-player features will come with this port or if it will be used in some transfer capability.

Hyperkin's Retron Jr. for Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance When such a console becomes a reality, we all wilt a bit at hearing it uses emulation rather than an FPGA. At the same time, an emulator keeps the price lower. If you have deeper pockets, Analogue's Pocket is a portable system that plays the same games via FPGA and has cartridge adapters for other systems like Game Gear and Atari Lynx.

I've heard negative things about the Retron 5, but I have the Retron 77 and love it. Hyperkin creates great concepts, but at a more budget-conscious price point. Being cheaper has it's pros and cons. I appreciate their ingenuity and affordability.

I'm sure much more info will be forthcoming after CES - like the price - but for now I'm stoked about this little cube and the ability to play some beloved games on a large screen!

I love Nintendo handhelds and this seems like a great way to breath new life into them via modern TVs. These three early handhelds were plagued with screen-visibility issues. If they were moded with back/front lighting kits, they're great. Otherwise, the view is moderately horrible. Playing these games on a big TV may be just what you need to bring some new fun to an old console.

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