The RetroN 5 can already play a ridiculous amount of games, including Genesis and Mega Drive titles, but later this year, it will add support for the Game Gear via an adapter, according to Hyperkin’s Product Manager Paul Leung.
In speaking to The Show Radio during E3, Leung said, “Before the end of this year, we will have an adapter that will allow (the RetroN 5) to play Game Gear games. The RetroN 5 does use a single processor, so as long as you program that processor and memory banks correctly, then you can actually make it work with anything as long as it has the right cartridge port, provided there’s enough processor power.
“With the amount of Game Gears in the wild, the majority of them the screen is dried up, the resistors are cracked, they’re just not working, but you still have tons of cartridges just sitting around, he continued. “So our retail partners have been begging us to make it work with the Game Gear, and we will have that out by the end of this year.”
Leung didn’t specify how much the RetroN 5’s Game Gear adapter will cost. With the addition of the Game Gear, the system will be compatible with 11 consoles and handhelds from various regions, ranging from the NES to the Game Boy Advance.
This news is actually incredibly awesome for us Game Gear owners as, like Leung mentioned, most of our systems no longer work, due to faulty screens and capacitor issues. When the adapter releases, it will mark the first time we’ll be able to play Game Gear games on our HDTVs with clean video signals, which makes the RetroN 5 that much more enticing for SEGA Nerds out there.[Via Neo GAF]