Old Is New: Hyperkin Bringing Back Updated Gameboy

Joanna Estrada
January 14, 2018

But as familiar as the Ultra Game Boy looks, there are some significant changes. 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.

Naturally, this has led to speculation regarding other retro devices such as a mini N64 and Nintendo may also try to resurrect the original Game Boy. 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.

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.

The Ultra Game Boy, as is the current name, includes such features that an 8 year-old me would have sold his soul for including, a backlit fully-RGB display, stereo speakers, and a USB-C rechargeable battery that can last 6 hours (no more fumbling for batteries).

The new Game Boy system improves on the system's original hardware. Aside from appealing to retro gamers, Hyperkin's Ultra Game Boy is also being customised for chiptune musicians who use the classic console to create modern electronic tunes.

Yes, the Game Boy is coming back.

The revamped Game Boy is expected to be ready for shipping some time this year, and Hyperkin hopes it can deliver everything under US$100.

This past year, Nintendo released the Super Nintendo Classic. It can play all of your classic Game Boy games, and possibly even your Game Boy Color carts, but you'll have to supply all of the original cartridges (I can already hear their prices shooting up on eBay!).

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