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Retro Gaming Still Kicking: RetroN 4 Multi-System Console Adds GBA, HDMI Capabilities

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If you grew up gaming and have a bunch of cartridges lying around, you may very well want to relive some of their former glory now and then. You can either pop them into their respective consoles, or you can grab the latest iteration from Hyperkin, the RetroN 4. Like the previous generation machine, it lets you play NES, SNES and Sega Genesis cartridges but also adds compatibility for Game Boy Advance. What’s more, there’s now an HDMI port so you can play on that big screen TV you just got.

When users boot up the machine, they will find the “Perdana” digital user interface which opens a wide variety of modern gaming features such as selecting systems, button reassignment and other features that will be named at the Midwest Gaming Classic. The console will also allow users to play both NTSC and PAL cartridges and will incorporate Bluetooth technology, with a completely new, redesigned wireless Bluetooth controller.

There’s no word on price, but the RetroN 3 used to cost $70 so we can’t imagine this will cost much more than that.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Nintendo To Release Wii Mini In Canada For $99, Loses Some Features

A few days ago Nintendo released the Wii U, and already the company announced sales of 400,000 units in the first week. Good on Nintendo, considering how late the other console makers are in releasing a new generation device. But like make gadgets, when a new one comes out, the old ones get a price drop. In this case, lucky Canadians will be able to purchase a much smaller version of the Wii, called the Wii Mini, which comes in matte black and red for $99. It is fully compatible with all 1,400+ titles, all the accessories like the WiiFit Balance Board and comes packaged with a red Wiimote and nunchuck. However, it features a manual top-loading disc tray, making it impossible to place on its side. But that’s not the missing feature. The problem is that the console loses all Internet connectivity and compatibility with Gamecube titles. Granted the Wii was never really known for its online features, but the Wii Mini really does just become a $99 Wii disc reader. Still, if you’re ok with barebones and like the new price, Best Buy Canada is already taking pre-orders for its December 7 launch. No word on whether this will be available elsewhere.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ Gizmag ]