Lukie Games is awesome--this review is for the Retron 5 only!
I was super stoked at the prospect of expanding my game collection without having to buy, store, set-up, etc. a bunch of consoles at once. But I've tried and tried and tried to like my Retron 5 and it's continuously been more frustrating than enjoyable. As far as I can tell, the single positive trait (which has remained through my use of the console) is the ease of applying translation patches to Famicom games (here lie the two stars...). But the frustrations far outweigh that and I've come to regret my purchase.
Firstly, the console is just so, so, sooooo very poorly made. Straight out of the box, the SNES controller port on the right side was unusable. Switched the controller to left side and it was fine (my romp around the internet now tells me that apparently this is a pretty common problem). But it means I can never play multiplayer games with two SNES controllers. And--as many reviews will tell you--the controller that comes with the system is complete garbage. I thought that would be fine, because I figured I would just use the real deal, but this has been a problem for so many games. Even when I adjust 'button mapping' and 'controller to player mapping', certain games simply don't respond properly. I find myself spending excessive amounts of time flipping into and out of various games and Retron menus just to get the dang game to be playable.
Then there's the lag. It doesn't happen with all games. And it's certainly not noticeable in the typical RPG or puzzle game. But in quick-paced platformers, like Smartball, Super Mario, Mega Man, etc. I find myself dying sad, unnecessary deaths simply because the response time is that much slower. I've messed with all the settings (including TV settings--i.e. "game mode") and turned off all the Retron filters, to no avail. Part of the reason I bought the Retron 5 was to be able to use the save state function in games that don't have any save ability, but most of them don't play well enough on the console for me to even WANT to play them on it.
Mind you, some games play perfectly fine. I've had a blast playing some great Famicom RPGs (in english!) that never made it to the US. And there have been plenty of games that just needed a little adjustment (changing settings, button mapping, etc.) before they'd feel natural. But... I just really wish I'd put my $128 towards the original consoles instead.
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer) Ferin from BC on 1/17/2018