The Ultra Game Boy From Hyperkin Is Slick and Gorgeous

Ultra Game Boy

A New, 3rd-Party Game Boy is Being Made

Your original Game Boy is probably covered in knicks and scratches, but it will take a lot of abuse for Hyperkin's remake to start showing wear and tear. Hopefully, it'll prove popular enough for Nintendo to release a Game Boy Classic with the games already built in.

The limited-run NES Classic Edition arrived in November 2016, a miniaturized version of its 1983 ancestor that came with a fixed roster of 21 games - enthusiasts quickly discovered how to boost that number through file transfer ingenuity. According to Gizmodo, Hyperkin's console is made of aluminum, has the same volume and contrast dials as the original and looks virtually identical to the Game Boy Pocket.

Shown to Gizmodo at CES 2018, the Ultra Game Boy mimics the form and function of Nintendo's hit 1990s handheld.

The console features a back-lit LCD display, meaning users can play in the dark without needing to fit a classic Game Boy "snake-light". If you want an authentic Game Boy experience though, you can turn off the backlight altogether.

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While Nintendo itself is not behind the Game Boy remake, the Japanese firm has recently released miniature versions of its classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and Super NES (SNES) consoles.

Users will either have to use their old cartridges or buy second-hand games on eBay to play with. Of course, classic Game Boy carts only use mono sound, but the updated sound system will allow musicians to more easily use the Ultra Game Boy to create chiptunes.

A six-hour battery, rechargeable via USB Type-C cable, is the main one, alongside a backlit screen which can be turned up and down depending on how much of a sucker for punishment you intend to be.

Hyperkin is hoping that the Ultra Game Boy will be ready for a late Summer 2018 release with a price tag below $100. Nintendo followed it up with the SNES Classic Edition in 2017, and despite having significantly more stock, still managed to sell out at virtually every retailer.

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