Hyperkin is giving the Atari 2600 new life with the Retron 77

Atari 2600 Retron 77
Hyperkin is giving the Atari 2600 a new lease on life with the Retron 77. It supports all Atari 2600 cartridges, and more importantly, it lets you play them on your HDTV in 1080p and at a modern aspect ratio thanks to HDMI support.

For years, we’ve seen companies such as Hyperkin release a variety of console clones and handhelds. These have made it easier for us to enjoy retro gaming. With the release of the Retron series, the need to find and buy a Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and Sega Genesis for the casual gamer was gone. With the Retron, there was no need to keep switching between systems, saving you space on your shelf.

While we’ve seen products that play these games over and over, other systems don’t get enough attention. Earlier this year, Hyperkin released an adapter for the Retron 5 that supported the Sega Game Gear, Sega Master System, and¬†Master System Card. And at E3 2017, they quietly announced that another classic system will be getting support in a brand new way.

It’s great to see such an older system reimagined for the current generation. While it may not be a system for everyone, it’s great to see an important part of gaming history given a new chance to shine. Luckily, Atari 2600 games aren’t very expensive. And the system (there is no concrete pricing yet) is looking to retail for around $80.

The system will support the original Atari 2600 joysticks. It also offers a USB Joystick, so you get that classic Atari feel. The only thing that could make this system even cooler is if it supported Atari 5200 and 7800. (That might be asking too much.) But with Hyperkin, anything is possible as they’ve shown in the past with their releases.

No date has been set for the Retron 77. If you plan on getting one, you might want to start hunting for those Atari 2600 games now.

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