Super Retro Trio 3-in-1: Intro
Super Retro Trio is a 3-in-1 Console by Retro-bit that allows you to play old-school console games for NES, SNES and GENESIS
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Super Retro Trio – Play classic NES, SNES and GENESIS games directly from the original cartridges onto the SR3. The modern design of this 3-in-1 home system allows for less clutter and more gaming. It’s equipped with 3 cartridge slots, 6 controller ports compatible with original or third party controllers. Also, two 16-bit game controllers. S-video connection, AC adapter and AV cable are also included in the package.
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Super Retro Trio Review
How cool is that? Single game system that could play NES, Super NES, and Sega Genesis games all in one box. For $69.99, it’s a retro gamer’s dream that doesn’t require the cash, legwork, or space that finding each individual older game console in working order does.
Yes, this is legal. These retro cartridge systems do not emulate software or claim to represent any major game company. They only offer support for a legacy media format that the original manufacturers no longer support. This of course means you’ll have to get old cartridge-based games.
Design of SR3
First of all, there are two version available, black with red accents and black with blue accents. Size 2.4 by 8 by 9.2 inches (HWD) is necessarily bulky to accommodate the cartridge slots and controller connections. At 1.3 pounds, it looks and feels a bit cheap. It’s not poorly made and the moving parts don’t wiggle, but the entire body is built out of a very light plastic. The electronics are small, simple, and not particularly power-intensive. So holding it almost feels like picking up an empty shell of a device. Fortunately, it’s functionally much sturdier than it initially seems.
Super Retro Trio in details
The top of the Super Retro Trio holds the three cartridge slots for NES, SNES, and Genesis games. Along with a reset button, a four-way power switch, and colored LEDs to indicate which mode it’s in. The front panel sits under a large lip formed by the top of the case, and pops open with a small press. The door hides the system’s myriad controller inputs and switches. While the older Retro-Duo only accepted SNES controllers, the Super Retro Trio can connect NES, SNES, and Genesis controllers, with a pair of ports for each design. A three-way switch flips between which of the ports are active and a four-way switch selects what region cartridges it can play.
The back of the system holds composite and S-Video ports and a power port. A built-in HDMI upconverter would have been appreciated (and is planned for Hyperkin’s upcoming Retron 5), but it would have made the Super Retro Trio both more expensive and more fragile. If you really want to play your classic games through HDMI instead of composite video, a composite-to-HDMI upconverter can be found online for around $30.
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Two SNES-style controllers with Genesis-like plugs come with the Super Retro Trio, and while they’re functional, they don’t feel quite as satisfying or responsive as the original controllers. Thankfully, the ports worked flawlessly with my own gamepads. You can use the included controllers with games for any of the systems. You can also use a Genesis controller to play NES and SNES games, albeit with mixed results depending on the game, and you can’t use NES or SNES controllers to play Genesis games.
Compatibility for games is impressive. The Super Retro Trio can play NES, SNES, and Genesis games out of the box.
An optional $45 Super Retro Adapter turns the SNES cartridge slot into a Game Boy and Game Boy Advance system. It takes power and controller inputs from the SNES cartridge slot, but it requires its own composite cable hook-up through a 3.5mm port on the side. The opposite side of the adapter holds a port for the GBA link cable, if you want to connect three GBAs to it.
The Super Retro Trio will tickle the nostalgia of anyone who grew up in the 8- and 16-bit eras. You may think, video games on cartridges is an ancient technology now. But back in “the day” they were vital, and the ability to play them today is extremely appreciated. If you still have some video games from when you were a child, or are looking into collecting classic games now, the Super Retro Trio is a valuable tool. It earns PC mag’s Editors’ Choice for offering so much gaming fun for such a small price. Even if you have to hunt for the games yourself.
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Last modified: 2018-08-27