History of video games/Retro gaming

Official Retro ConsolesEdit

The early 2000's saw the first releases of consoles that emulated older systems with officially licensed games. The late 2010's and 2020 saw many more companies release all in one systems.

FPGA ConsolesEdit

FPGA based consoles use reprogrammable chips to mimic other hardware, potentially allowing for more efficient or accurate emulation than pure software emulation can.[1]

RetroUSB AVSEdit

An FPGA based NES compatible system.[2]

Clone ConsolesEdit

Retro Bit Retro Duo PortableEdit

A clone system that supports SNES games out of the box, and NES, Sega Genesis, and Game Boy through adapters.[3]

Retro Bit Retro Duo

Yobo FC TwinEdit

Combination NES and SNES compatible console.[4]

Hyperkin RetroNEdit

NES compatible system.

Hyperkin RetroN 5Edit

The RetroN 5 was shown off at E3 2013.[5]

The Hyperkin RetroN 5 is a console launched on December 10th, 2013 that runs Linux and open source emulators to play cartridges for the Famicom, NES, SNES, Genesis, Game Boy Advance systems.[6][7]

Hyperkin RetroN 77Edit

Released by 2018[8], the RetroN 77 plays Atari 2600 at an upscaled 720p resolution over HDMI.[9]

GB Boy ColorEdit

Game Boy Color clone.

Omega MVSEdit

Rather different from other consoles listed here, in that it's simply a Neo Geo MVS placed in a console formfactor.[10]

Emulation ConsolesEdit

Famicom Classic/ NES ClassicEdit

Super Famicom Classic/ SNES ClassicEdit

Video ConvertersEdit


The Open Source Scan Converter is an low latency upscaler to convert old signals to work on modern displays.[11]


An early upscaler for retro gaming.[12]


  1. "MiSTer FPGA: The Future of Retro Game Emulation and Preservation?" (in en). 20 February 2019. https://www.racketboy.com/retro/mister-fpga-the-future-of-retro-game-emulation-and-preservation. 
  2. "The RetroUSB AVS just replaced my childhood Nintendo" (in en). https://www.engadget.com/2016-09-12-retrousb-avs-review.html. 
  3. Wilber, Jennifer. "Retro Duo NES and SNES Clone Console Review" (in en). https://levelskip.com/consoles/Retro-Duo-NES-and-SNES-Clone-Console-Review. 
  4. "Thoughts of Thoughtfulness: A Review of The FC-Twin". 14 March 2013. https://thoughtsfromcharlie.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-review-of-fc-twin.html. 
  5. "Hyperkin Retron 5 Uses Android To Emulate 9 Classic Consoles For Under $100 (No, You Can't Buy It Yet)". Android Police. 11 June 2013. https://www.androidpolice.com/2013/06/11/hyperkin-retron-5-uses-android-to-emulate-9-classic-consoles-for-under-100-no-you-cant-buy-it-yet/. 
  6. "Hyperkin RetroN 5 Review" (in en). https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/hyperkin-retron-5. Retrieved 22 November 2020. 
  7. "Hyperkin Retron 5 combines ten consoles into one on December 10 for $99 (updated)" (in en). https://www.engadget.com/2013-09-19-hyperkin-retron-5-game-console-on-sale-december-10.html. Retrieved 22 November 2020. 
  8. "RetroN 77 REVIEW – Pros & Cons + Gameplay". 22 June 2018. https://www.metaljesusrocks.com/reviews/retron-77-review-pros-cons-gameplay/. Retrieved 22 November 2020. 
  9. "Things We Love: Hyperkin RetroN 77" (in en). https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/home-entertainment/hands-on-review/things-we-love-hyperkin-retron-77. Retrieved 22 November 2020. 
  10. "Omega Entertainment Machine - Consolized Neo Geo MVS Game Console" (in en). https://www.arcadeworks.net/products/omega-mvs. 
  11. "Open Source Scan Converter (OSSC)". https://www.retrorgb.com/ossc.html. 
  12. "Upscalers". https://www.retrorgb.com/upscalers.html. 

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