There has been copiousness of sentimental courtesy being paid to classical console hardware updates in new years, from Nintendo’s central plug-and-play Classic Edition consoles to third-party counterpart consoles. But for all the concentration on the TV-based diversion consoles of yesteryear, we haven’t seen much corporate seductiveness in recreating the portable complement of the past.
That now seems set to change, as Gizmodo reports from CES on the Ultra Game Boy, an aluminum-cased portable console that resembles the slimmer Game Boy Pocket some-more than the massive 1989 strange system. The case’s flawlessness extends down to a cartridge container that supports classical games and those informed volume and contrariety knobs on the edge, along with a new third doorknob vouchsafing players adjust the tone of the system’s backlight.
Gizmodo reports a six-hour battery life with USB-C charging for the prototype, which also sports stereo speakers and twin audio outputs targeted at chiptune makers. Hyperkin is reportedly still finalizing the hardware and is aiming for a 2018 recover at “under $100,” according to the report.
This isn’t Hyperkin’s first incursion into Game Boy nostalgia. The company first introduced its SmartBoy appendage as a joke, then actually expelled the Android phone sleeve, which provides authentic Game Boy controls and cartridge support for smartphone-based emulators.
The Ultra Game Boy removes the need for a apart Android phone and slims down the form cause utterly a bit. But it’s not transparent nonetheless if it will yield emulator-style advantages like Super Game Boy tone palettes, save states, and the ability to save ROM images of your tangible cartridges. It’s also not transparent if Game Boy Color games will be upheld or either the Ultra Game Boy is simulating the tangible Game Boy hardware or relying on reduction arguable program simulation for the console.
With Hyperkin laying down the gauntlet, the vigour is on Nintendo to precipitate up and announce the Game Boy Classic Edition everybody assumes is being planned. Pack-in games like Tetris and Pokemon Red and Blue and that rerelease would flattering much be a guaranteed best-seller.