I hear that Hyperkin makes more crap than good stuff. And people buy it all because they are blinded by the oohs and ahhs of "cartridges" and physical hardware. Too bad that Stella got a bad rep from being saddled with weird hardware combos.
People also don't know they can get a better experience by purchasing real hardware and fixing it up or by doing 100% emulation on a proper PC.
After reading the posts on this and a couple of sour experience with Hyperkin products... do they make anything correctly or is it all just crap?
On the one hand, you can ask "Why are people dumb enough to buy this?", but if they don't come to forums like here and just have fuzzy Atari memories, how would they know in the first place. I guess AtGames, Hyperkin, etc count on that.
Too bad Stella is getting a bad rap, but again, but I think some of those people don't know how limited and crappy the hardware is.
For those wondering or who have had no experience with Hyperkin, it seems like there's a lot of Hyperkin hate here and I would totally disagree with that (Most of it anyway). (To be fair, I still haven't tried my RetroN 77 so right now I'm just talking about their stuff in general).
IMHO, Unless you're comparing the Atari Flashback 2 which was Stellar, I wouldn't compare ATGames stuff to Hyperkin. Hyperkin is Way Better! (ATGames is like a Star Wars prequel. At best it is Good when it should have been Great!)...And I like ATGames stuff, but I have to be honest.
And need I remind anyone that Retro-Bit is Absolute Crap? It IS!
Retro Bit made the Retro Duo....I'd never seen a SNES look worse in S-Video than A/V until this came out haa...I liked the controllers, though. So I bought some Retro-Bit Controllers. One Retro-Bit Genesis controller is the Worst Controller I've ever seen/owned...If you want to go right, you have to push right and a little bit down to get it to work, and every direction is equally fucked up...Man this thing is chintzy! I've seen better response on a famiclone controller that weighs half an ounce! And of the 2 additional SNES controllers I bought, one has a direction that doesn't work at all, and one needs a very heavy hand, plus going up requires (yet more) additional strength. Cool colors available though; My favorite one is shiny, metallic orange/red with gold buttons,...Too bad it doesn't really work. Retro Bit makes good cable extensions, though...So they have that I guess.
Now Hyperkin. I have a Hyperkin portable NES that was the bomb when it came out! It may be a little weird having the full cart sticking out the top, but it's still cool. There was a time I bought an extra Dr. Mario cart just to take the PCB out and duct tape it a bit so it could just stay in my handheld NES. I also have a Hyperkin portable Famicom, Roughly the same but takes Fami Carts which are easier to deal with since they're smaller...Mine has a speaker that slightly distorts, but I bought it used and it's always been that way. Then I bought a Hyperkin clone system that plays SEGA and NES (on a chip). It was nice, as it had decent controllers, output A/V and it played my Pulseman Mega Drive cart at the flick of a switch (Japan/US). Nothing mind blowing but did what it was supposed to do.
Then the RetroN 5! Unlike the Retro Freak I bought which was Broken right out of the box, The RetroN 5 has always worked like a champ. Yes it's like an emulator for your TV. But also like an emu, I found out it can play ROMs (no need for a cart) so it rocks! And unlike a PC emu, you're not sitting 12 inches away from your screen playing with a mouse and keyboard; You're playing on a nice TV with actual console controllers, or arcade sticks and the thing can be blasting out of your stereo! Maybe it depends on your tastes but I like it. And Hyperkin Genesis controllers are brand new, but play almost exactly like original SEGA controllers. Excluding maybe SEGA themselves, they're the Best!
So, Yes Hyperkin Is worthwhile to me, but your experience may be different than mine.