Hyperkin is developing an updated replica of the classic Nintendo 64 (or N64) console. It works with gaming accessories. And we already know it for revivals of old products. The company had already re-created the Xbox’s Duke joystick. In addition to working on a version of Nintendo’s original Game Boy laptop.
Hyperkin’s project manager Andrew Steel revealed the news about the device called Ultra Retron in his personal profile on LinkedIn. According to Steel, the product should be officially presented at this year’s E3, to be held June 11-13 in Los Angeles and with full Voxel coverage. It is the biggest fair on electronic games in the world. And the main companies make their releases there.
The project is still in its initial stages. But Steel has released a video showing a fully functioning prototype. In it, the manager revives classics like Mario Kart 64, GoldenEye 007, Super Smash Bros., Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, some of the most wanted games by Nintendo 64 fans.
The new console brings back one of the factors that made the N64 one of the funniest video games of its time. That is the ability to play with up to four controls. In addition, there is also an entry for cartridges. As in the original. But there are no details on how they will work. For the upgraded version, Hyperkin features an HDMI output. This makes it easy to use on existing TVs.
Ultra Retron is a tribute to the Nintendo 64 itself. It would initially be called the Ultra 64. The original console, released in 1996 after the success of Super Nintendo, sold 32.9 million worldwide. And it was a direct competitor of PlayStation, Sony. To date, games like Ocarina of Time and Mario 64 are considered some of the best ever released by the industry.
Ultra Retron’s price and release date have not been revealed.