Hyperkin Announce Development Of Tentatively-dubbed "Ultra Game Boy"

Hyperkin Announce Development Of Tentatively-dubbed

Now codenamed the Ultra Game Boy, the new version of the famous portable is being made by Hyperkin and features mod-cons such as a backlit screen and an aluminium housing.

Gizmodo reports on a Hyperkin-made product tentatively called the Ultra Game Boy. It also has a backlit LCD display built into the system that can cycle through the RGB spectrum, as well as stereo speakers, a USB port, and an internal battery that can last for six hours of gameplay. It sports an incredible aluminum casing that will surely survive the slippery hands of your little cousin who unfortunately took your Game Boy when you weren't looking (thanks, Kyle).

It's no secret that retro games are in fashion right now, which is consistently proven by homages to old-school games as well as the huge successes of the NES and SNES Classic Editions. "That backlight can also be turned off, if you want a truly authentic, squinty, Game Boy experience". 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?).

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 Ultra Game Boy is due out in the late summer for somewhere under $100 (£74).

Because this isn't an official Nintendo release, the name could change before it hits the market.

Despite the success of the Switch, Nintendo's older consoles have seen a resurgence in interest recently.

Or perhaps they just don't care because they've already brought the Game Boy back for the 2000s with the Game Boy Advance SP - which is not only backwards compatible with original Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles but runs Game Boy Advance games too - something that the Ultra does not.

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