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Game Boy is respawning thanks to Hyperkin

Game Boy is respawning thanks to Hyperkin Game Boy is respawning thanks to Hyperkin
Sherri Watson | 11 January, 2018, 15:26

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. It's a little hard to imagine a world in which Nintendo doesn't one day roll out a "classic" release of Game Boy, the king of the handheld gaming world for decades.

There might be one detail that prevents people from buying up the Ultra Game Boy with the fervor we saw with the SNES Classic: Gizmodo points out that it won't feature pre-installed games. The console even has stereo speakers despite old-school Game Boy games only supporting a mono audio playback. "That backlight can also be turned off, if you want a truly authentic, squinty, Game Boy experience".

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". It seems unlikely that a Classic edition of the Game Boy is next in line for Nintendo, however, as the company has other consoles it could make (a miniature Nintendo 64, anyone?).

It has an aluminium body, a backlit LCD, 6 hour battery life, USB C charging, stereo speakers and it's aiming to be sold at less than $100 United States dollars.

Further improving upon the original model is a built-in rechargeable battery that will last six hours.

While Nintendo has not officially announced plans to launch a mini N64, the move appears to follow in the footsteps of the Classic Edition consoles that came before it, as similar trademark filings preceded both NES Classic and Super NES Classic.

You'll also be able to play all of your original Game Boy games on it.

"The Ultra Game Boy's housing is made from aluminum, which has a wonderful heft when you pick it up".

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.