NES Classic is Dead, But Here's an Alternative

Hyperkin's RetroN 1 HD might be the next best thing to Nintendo's retro mini console

RetroN 1 HD Credit: Hyperkin

Last month, Nintendo discontinued the impossible-to-find NES Classic Edition, much to the bewilderment and frustration of anyone that struggled to find one in stores. According to Nintendo of America CEO Reggie Fils-Aimé, the retro mini console was never meant to be anything more than a limited-time release. "We had originally planned for this to be a product for last holiday," Fils-Aimé said. "We just didn’t anticipate how incredible the response would be."

If you're still dying to play some old NES games on your gigantic 4K TV, there are other options though. The most recent of which is Hyperkin's latest throwback console, the RetroN 1 HD – which goes on sale May 25 for $39.99. Much like other retro consoles from Hyperkin previoulsy, the RetroN 1 HD is compatible with both NTSC and PAL NES cartridges and boosts both the video and audio to HD. It'll even switch between 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios. It comes with a classic-style NES controller (with a 10-foot cable), an HDMI cable and a 6-foot USB charge cable. Unlike Nintendo's NES Classic Edition, the RetroN 1 HD doesn't have any NES games pre-installed on it, so instead you're going to have to go and sift through your old games if you still have them, or buy your own NES cartridges and slot them into the RetroN just like you did in the good old days. 

You can pre-order the console on Amazon here and play your old NES games while you wait for the inevitable SNES Classic later this year.