When I was a youngster my friends and I would always be split into two camps, and even to this day with FIFA or Pro Evo we still are! You were either in the Mario or Sonic, Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat and, the biggest of them all, Sega or Nintendo camps. Personally, I was in the Sonic, Mortal Kombat and Sega camps and was relentlessly teased by my peers, especially because of my Mortal Kombat preference, as their choices differed with mine.
However, Innex have created and are about to release something that would saved me many a hurtful comment about my sanity and choice of console as a child in the Super Retro. This new console has been created with the purpose of allowing retro gamers to play their Sega Genesis (or Mega Drive), NES and SNES games on one machine for the price of just $69.99.
On top of this, the company has released an optional Super Retro Adapter for $44.99 that allows you to play Game Boy Advance games on the Super Retro, the SNES and “any other third-party 16-bit console.” as per a quote from Innex themselves.
The console comes with the usual cables and two controllers modelled on the SNES controllers, although you are able to plug and play with your original NES, SNES and Genesis controllers too.
While my mind was on the update to retro gaming with the release of the Super Retro my mind wandered to other things that have benefited from updates and amalgamations in recent times. The one thing that really sprang to mind in this instance is betting and gambling.
The era of the NES, SNES and Genesis saw people have to visit bookmakers and casinos to get their betting and gambling fixes while the advent of the internet and, even more recently, smartphones and tablets has opened this to a whole generation of people.
You can now bet on your phone at work, play poker on the bus and win massive life changing amounts of cash from the comfort of your own home. The one example I came across in my research was UK resident John O. who claimed a cash prize of almost six million pounds playing bingo games at Butlers Bingo after wagering 30p on the online slot game The Dark Knight. This is a record amount won in the UK in online slot games and would certainly not have been possible before slot games, poker, bingo, other casino games and sports betting moved to a new format of being online.
I know that many retro gamers prefer the authenticity of playing retro games on the original consoles, but those with little space and/or willing to try something new, like John O., then the Super Retro is a must have purchase.
I’ll be certainly be heading out to purchase one before heading to eBay to bolster my games collection when the console is released this month.