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Hyperkin delays RetroN 5 until Q1 2014

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The release of Hyperkin's RetroN 5, the console designed to play NES, SNES, Game BoyAdvance, Sega Genesis and Famicom cartridges, has been delayed until Q1 2014, the company revealed today.

The system was originally expected to launch Oct. 31 but was pushed back until Dec. 10 in September due to "key modifications" to the console. According to Hyperkin, the recent delay is due to faulty pins discovered in some packaged units and the pushback is necessary to "resolve the issue and provide maximum user experience."

"We apologize for the inconvenience," project manager Lawrence Lee said in a prepared statement. "Hyperkin would like to thank you for all the support you have given us throughout the development of the RetroN 5. We are looking forward to its release, estimated to be within the first quarter of 2014, as soon as the issue has been resolved."

Hyperkin unveiled the RetroN 5 at at the Midwest Gaming Classic trade show in March. The console features five cartridge slots for each system and supports both NTSC and PAL. Hyperkin's offering also includes HDMI out at 720p capability, AV ports, SD card slot and two controller ports for each system type. It will ship with two Bluetooth controllers which sport two bumpers, two macro keys and six buttons.