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Old Is New: Hyperkin Bringing Back Updated Gameboy

Old Is New: Hyperkin Bringing Back Updated Gameboy

Of course, given the monumental success of Nintendo's official retro remakes (the NES and SNES mini consoles) over the last couple of years, it's not hard to predict the Japanese company watching with interest. The Hyperkin Ultra GB is still in development, but it already looks unbelievable.

Hyperkin's awesomely-styled Ultra Game Boy rocks textured aluminum versus the plastic of the 90s, and it even rocks a backlit screen.

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

Could the legendary Game Boy be making a comeback? If you want an authentic Game Boy experience though, you can turn off the backlight altogether.

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Beyond audio, the final device will also have a USB-C charging port (it's now rocking an old-school AC port), while the screen will include an RGB wheel to cycle through color options, including that classic yellowish-greenish palette of the very first Game Boy. All of your classic Game Boy games will be compatible. Yes, it's true that game Boy games only generate mono sound, but the speakers are there because the Ultra GB is also being optimized for chiptune musicians who use the Game Boy to create electronic tunes. Yes, it's a thing, and a very popular thing.

Hyperkin plans to release the Ultra Game Boy sometime later this summer, and with a price under $100.

Taking advantage of the wave of enthusiasm for old school hardware, gaming peripheral maker Hyperkin announced at CES 2018 this week that it is working on an updated version of Nintendo's Game Boy that will actually play original Game Boy games in addition to featuring countless improvements over the original hardware.


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