Old Is New: Hyperkin Bringing Back Updated Gameboy

Friday, 12 Jan, 2018

Obviously a Game Boy Classic Edition must be on the way from Nintendo, right?

While Nintendo has had massive success with the launch of the NES and SNES Classic, its seems only a matter of time before they announce their next Classic console, and it's stands that there's a good chance we'll see a Gameboy Classic coming soon. It sounds like Nintendo has a lot of catching up to do now, but the one thing Hyperkin's classic console will be missing is built-in games.

The new unit is compatible with old Game Boy games, developer Hyperkin told Gizmodo at this week's Consumer Electronics Show.

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

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

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. 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.

There's no way that Nintendo would have made a replica of this quality. Solid. I love it. Hyperkin is hoping to have it ready for late Summer of this year, for under $100.