The RetroN 5 was released in 2014. It is the latest console in the series. The console is designed to run games from nine different platforms: NES, Famicom, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance cartridges via HDMI, similar to the Unreleased RetroN 4. It was described to have a good feel and run smoothly, but the look of the console was as good as expected. The developers behind the RetroArch project claimed "the RetroN 5 violates several licenses". This was because the console used the Genesis Plus GX and SNES9x Next emulators to launch some games. Both of the emulators are filed under a non-commercial license, thus meaning they cannot be used in commercial products, such as the RetroN 5.
Why It Flopped
- Poorly designed controller. It's uncomfortable and doesn't have a D-Pad, only a weird analog stick, silmar to the Neo Geo Pocket. All buttons also click like mouse buttons
- No composite output to plug to the CRT televisions
- Very bad cartridge port build.
- Hardware that can destroy your game save.
- Console is actually software emulator instead of the actual hardware. This means that it doesn't play Multicarts, Homebrews, or Flashcarts.
- It's overpriced.
- Retron 4 is actually not released.
- You can save whenever you want in the games.
- It's region free.
- Plays a good quantity of games.
- SNES, Genesis, and NES controllers can be used instead of the standard ones.
- Has a turbo button