The Retron 5, not a toaster
Recently I've been thinking about ways of playing retro games on my big TV in the living room, without having retro consoles all over the place. For a while I was considering getting a PC solely for running MAME and emulators, but that would mean switching around HDMI cables whenever I wanted to play (the 3 I have on the TV are already utilised), and would also be expensive.
I've been hearing about the Hyperkin Retron 5 for months now, and to me it sounded great - numerous cartridge slots allows SNES, Super Famicom, Megadrive/Genesis, Gameboy, NES, Famicom, Gameboy Colour & Gameboy Advance to be played, with HDMI output, ports for original controllers and the option to save games (this option wasn't possible in many of the original games).
The only problem was that the console is a bit clunky for my living room (at least from the point of view of my fiancee!), and games would no doubt end up strewn about the place, which also wouldn't go down well...
Then I heard about the Ouya - a tiny console made solely for online games, and... RETRO GAMES. That's right, this little box of wonders runs emulators and ROMs. I don't care how well the Ouya game store performs, or whether it gets exclusives or not - I want to fill this thing with emulators and ROMs, so I can play every classic game I love at the drop of a hat. I've heard the wireless controller isn't great, but I've also heard a PS3 controller works just fine, so no problem there.
The only question left is, how long until I get it? At £99 on Amazon UK, us Brits are getting the worse deal again, as it's on Amazon USA for $99. I'm a sucker though, so I'll probably still get it...
My name is Iain and my addiction is making pixel bead art. My main inspirations are comics, video games and movies.