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Hyperkin plans to revive the Game Boy before Nintendo has a chance

12 January 2018

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 miniature console sold out immediately, and every time it came back in stock, it was gone as quickly as it had arrived. While controls and design haven't changed, Hyperkin does plan to upgrade the audio-out for anyone that likes to make their own chip tunes with old Nintendo tech: This prototype will evolve to include left and right audio for stereo as well as an audio amp.

Temporarily called the Ultra Game Boy while it's still in development, the name is actually a flawless description of Hyperkin's hardware, which improves on Nintendo's original Game Boy in countless ways, without affecting the classic gameplay many of us remember. It has the original's volume and contrast dials, however the final version will have a third dial to adjust the new backlit LCD display. That backlight can also be turned off, if you want a truly authentic, squinty, Game Boy experience.

The new device is dubbed the "Ultra Game Boy", is said to come with some significant improvements on the original. Solid. I love it. Hyperkin is hoping to have it ready for late Summer of this year, for under $100. Since this console isn't being made by Nintendo, it obviously won't have any games built in, but it will play all original Game Boy cartridges and possibly Game Boy Color carts too.

Hyperkin plans to revive the Game Boy before Nintendo has a chance