Ultra Game Boy from Hyperkin puts Nintendo on notice

Ultra Game Boy from Hyperkin puts Nintendo on notice

The Ultra GB shares a similar design to the Game Boy Pocket, but it's built with an aluminum body and a front-lit screen. Another childhood Nintendo classic is headed back to stores. It probably won't be called the Ultra Game Boy (Nintendo licensing right and all) and it won't include any built-in games - that's right, you'll need to dust off those old cartridges or head over to eBay to start building your library. While rumors of a "Game Boy Classic" have been around for a while, though, another company might beat Nintendo to the punch.

It's still in the development stages, and isn't an official Nintendo Game Boy, but it's modelled off the classic Game Boy, is handheld, and uses all your old game cartridges. The Ultra Game Boy carries over the original's volume and contrast dials, but the final version will include a third dial allowing you to adjust the portable console's new backlit LCD display through the entire RGB spectrum. If you want an authentic Game Boy experience though, you can turn off the backlight altogether.

As USB Type-C port is on offer to take care of charging an inbuilt battery which is slated to last six hours. It also has stereo speakers - which may feel like overkill for a device that can only run mono games but is apparently aimed at chiptune musicians.

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Developer Hyperkin is working on an unofficial but practically-identical re-engineered version of the classic handheld console, which is set to have the same dimensions and controls as the 1989 original.

Retro gaming consoles already have a massive presence in the tech world, as the unbelievable demand for things like the NES Classic and the SNES Classic has proven. Gizmodo (who have a 360 video of the little nostalgia widget) say it improves on the original Game Boy's hardware without affecting gameplay on the old cartridges (yes, it plays the original cartridges).

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