The RetroN 5 also fully supports older controllers, through convenient slots located around the system. It never gets to the point of inconvenience, and most of the time, the games and controllers worked without a hitch. There were occasional titles that the system wouldn't recognize (like our homebrew cart of The Goonies, since it never got a U.S. release), but overall it really holds up with some of the better favorites out there. There are some downsides to the hardware. First of all, it doesn't support multi-cartridge plug-ins. Only one cartridge can be used at a time, which makes the system a bit finicky in certain cases. Also the included controller, which comes with an analog stick and a few interactive buttons, isn't as well-made as the original system controllers. That's not to say it doesn't perform, because it does, but chances are you'll be hunting down an old-school controller sooner rather than later, instead of using this pad. It's about on the same uncomfortable level as the Turbo Grafx pad. While the $140 price tag may have a few people balking, you will get your money's worth out of the RetroN 5. The HDMI support and video options are superb, the control options are worthwhile (and, with the average controller included, necessary), and the numerous platforms that the system utilizes are quite high in number. If only there was a Turbo-Grafx card slot… ah, well. At the end of the day, old is new again, and for some people, that's what counts with the RetroN 5.
Thanks to the Retron 5, Mike Tyson really is a knock-out
This review is based upon a unit purchased at retail. The RetroN 5 is available now for $139.99.