The hottest toy of the year and this coming Christmas season is likely going to be the Super Nintendo Classic Edition. It will also be one of the hardest toys to get.
The retro console doesn’t ship until later this month but pre-orders are already all sold out around the world. And if last year’s super popular edition is any indication of things to come, the only place you’ll be able to find a Super Nintendo Classic this fall is on an auction site for three or four times the original price.
Luckily, there are plenty of other (and arguably better) ways to play Super Nintendo games for anyone who wants to take a fun trip down memory lane. If you missed out on a Super Nintendo Classic preorder, consider these alternatives.
Hyperkin Retron 2
As a straight replacement for the Super Nintendo Classic Edition, the Retron 2 is about as close as you can get. You can snag it off Amazon for less than the price of an SNES Classic and it plays both Nintendo and Super Nintendo cartridges to boot, so it’s really two consoles in one.
The only downside is it doesn’t come with preinstalled games like the SNES Classic. But old NES and SNES cartridges are easy to find and cheap to buy. There’s also a silver lining to this downside: You’re not limited to only the games installed on the SNES Classic. You can play any NES or SNES game ever made.
Hyperkin Retron 5
Similar to the Retron 2, the Retron 5 plays both NES and SNES game cartridges. But that’s not all. It also plays Sega Genesis, Nintendo Game Boy, Nintendo Game Boy Color, Nintendo Game Boy Advance, and Famicom game cartridges. If you’re counting, that’s seven consoles in one. It also comes with wireless controllers, supports 720p HD output, and can be used with original Super Nintendo wired controllers.
The big downside with the Retron 5 is the price, which is significantly higher than the Super Nintendo Classic’s original retail price.