Well, it’s what you all have been waiting for, even if you were unaware you were waiting for it and Reviews By This Guy is going to bring you the exclusive info on the battle. It’s the 2017 Battle Of The HD Nes Clones and it’s putting the Res Plus up against the Hyperkin Retron 1 HD. Both consoles stand to be the best in their class but the only one can remain supreme and come out on top.
LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE
Round One: Packaging
First impressions make all the difference and can be a selling point in most cases. One of these consoles went all out in presentation with an eye-catching design and it shows. The other decided to slack a little and it will hurt them in the battle but not take them out just yet.
Res Plus package design looks all too familiar with its plan uninviting box art and the plastic insert that held the console. The packaging reminds me of most cheap multi Chinese game systems with the light gun and cheap controllers you would find at a drugstore. At first glance, you can tell Retro-bit didn’t try hard here and presentation wasn’t a priority. Don’t get me wrong it has a clean simple design, it isn’t as busy or has a faded color scheme like those cheap plug and plays but it just has a cheap vibe.
Hyperkin Retron 1 HD
Now, in my opinion, Hyperkin hit it out the park with their overall package design and the box alone caught my eye. The color scheme has a retro 90’s tv commercial feel with a sunburst design which attracts the eyes, the box features a large side view of the console and controller. The box art definitely is more striking than the Res Plus and it might just have to do with the Retron 1 HD’s stunning good looks but we will get to that in all good time.
When you first open the box you will notice that Hyperkin went above Res Plus once again with a cardboard sectional that provide different compartments for the console, controller, and the console’s accessories. Hyperkin also included a little warning above the accessories suggesting you only use a 5 volt 1 amp USB wall charger for powering the device which was just another step proving Hyperkin put more thought into their overall packaging. I am also going to go as far to say that Hyperkin used a better cardboard used to construct the packaging and it may not be that important but it gives a little extra feel an overall quality.
Round Two: What’s Included?
For the most part, both consoles include similar accessories such as the HDMI cord, a micro USB cord, a mini power brick and the console of course but each console brings something different to the table. The Res plus included not one but two controllers which is always a plus, whereas, the Hyperkin Retron 1 HD only came with one. The Hyperkin does include a set of av cable just in case you want to game on an old CRT TV where Nes gaming was built for and Retro-bit did include the av ports on the back but decided not to include the av cables.
Round Three: Design & Build Quality
Now we get to one of two important rounds in this battle and we are going to find out who comes out on top. I’m sure by now you have already guess who comes out on top as far as design and build quality is concerned but I ask you to humor me.
The Res + has a very simple design, something you would expect from a plug and play. The console doesn’t resemble the Nintendo entertainment system in any way except for the controller ports and the 72 pin connector, whereas the Hyperkin Retron 1 HD is designed to resemble the original NES with Hyperkin’s own twist of modern design. The Retron 1 HD has a chiseled corner with a blue led Hyperkin logo which is really cool and overall this console is esthetically pleasing to the eyes. If the consoles where side by side in a gaming or electronic store I am almost certain people would gravitate to the Hyperkin console because of design alone!
The Retron 1 HD comes in a red and black color scheme and the tradition Nintendo Entertainment Systems color scheme with a red cartridge slot dust protector. The Res Plus, on the other hand, comes in one color scheme which is red and black.
The Res Plus is light-weight and constructed of a pretty sturdy plastic but I did notice that the top of the console has a thin flexible layer of plastic. Overall the console is not very attractive, has a really simple design and even though the plastic feels pretty sturdy, it feels very cheap at the same time.
Now the Hyperkin Retron 1 HD, on the other hand, feel constructed of a very sturdy plastic and even though it feels like it weighs more than the Res Plus it is still pretty light-weight.
Both controllers have their own positives and negatives when it comes to design. Retro-bit decided to go with a more ergonomic design will the button layout and Hyperkin well went with a more tradition Nes design controller.
If your interested in learning more about the over design, construction and layout of both Nes HD clone consoles please don’t forget to check out my Reviews on each by clicking the links scattered in this post or click on of these ( Res Plus & Hyperkin Retron 1 HD Reviews).
Round Four: Features
Both consoles feature the same ports, HDMI, Composite, Top loading cartridge slot, micro USB for power, two controller NES controller ports on and off buttons.
TO FIND OUT WHAT FEATURE THE HYPERKIN RETRON HD HAS OVER THE RETRO BIT RES PLUS FEEL FREE TO READ THE HYPERKIN RETRON HD FULL REVIEW!
Round Five: Head To Head Gameplay
Now as we all know more Retro console clones don’t play the games directly off the cartridge, they use emulation software which dumps the game on the hardware and plays the game through software. Now on both systems, I choose to play three different games which were Double Dragons, The Simpsons Bart Vs. Space Mutants and Zelda of course.
I do have to say for the most part both systems handle each game pretty well, there was no noticeable frame rate issue or audio issues. I did, however, notice that Double Dragon at times had a weird err noise that is pretty similar to the sound you would hear when your audio cables were not situated right or about to go out and this was the same for both systems. Not sure if this is an emulation issue or an issue with the game itself and I don’t have an original Nintendo find out. Been so long since I have played the game on original hardware I just can’t remember.
Now Zelda played flawlessly on both systems and if I didn’t know any better I would have thought I was playing on the original hardware. The frame rate was spot on and the audio brought back so many memories. I almost got lost in the game and felt like I was five all over again. I will most definitely be playing through the game again on the Hyperkin Retron HD because sadly enough I don’t remember ever beating it!
When playing Bart Vs. Space mutants I did notice something I thought was out of the normal but I wasn’t sure because playing the game on the Retro Bit Res Plus and the Hyperkin Retron HD was the first time. The background music in the beginning of the game seemed a little sped-up, so I headed to the internet to take a look at some video captures of the game and it seems the same so I guess it was normal. The game itself wasn’t sped-up, frame rate seems spot on and the audio in the game was ok.
Final Round: Knock-Out
When it came to playing your retro NES games in HD both systems did an amazing job and the overall gaming experience was a blast in my opinion. Both consoles came with controllers that felt very reminiscent of the original NES controller and both had their own pluses. The Retro Bit Res Plus controller had diagonal convex action buttons as opposed to the original NES horizontal action buttons on the Hyperkin Retron 1 HD and the Retron HD had what I believe to be the original D-pad with the etched in arrows from the Original Nintendo Entertainment System controller which felt like you were gaming with the original controller. Now one thing I believe the Res Plus has over the Retron HD is it comes with two controllers which I think should be pretty standard with clone retro consoles.
The Hyperkin Retron HD has the same power and resets buttons from the Original NES. The Res Plus decided to go with a loud spring loaded reset button and a toggle on/off switch located on the top of the console.Both consoles have a top loading cartridge slot which secures the cart pretty well I only which there was an eject button like the original SNES console.
In my opinion the Hyperkin Retron HD through the blow that ended in a knock because of design and overall presentation. The Hyperkin Retron HD NES Clone console has that nostalgic Nintendo Entertainment System look with a modern twist and I just feel like put a little more love into there overall design whereas Retro Bit just didn’t. The Retro Bit Res Plus just looks like a cheap Chinese plug & Play that lacked much thought in the design process. Hyperkin took the original Nintendo NES Design and made it better. The Retron HD is what the original Nintendo would have looked like if Hyperkin was on Nintendo design team over 30 years ago. Both consoles have the same price point, function the same and offer the same value but the Retron HD offers more in overall cool factor. I believe Hyperkin Retron HD wins the battle because they design an overall better-looking console with the same features as the Retro Bit Res Plus at the same price.
I hope you enjoyed the Battle Of The HD Clones, Which One do you believe one? Which one is the better NES HD CLONE? RES PLUS? HYPERKIN RETRON HD? Do you agree with the outcome of the battle or disagree? Either way please let us know down below in the comments!