Up till lately, there was virtually an obsession within the gaming trade for retro consoles. While these throwbacks, which regularly got here in smaller types of the unique design, let you relive and replay video games of the previous, they had been just about locked all the way down to what few video games their producers selected to etch into their information storage. Hyperkin Lab, in distinction, makes a enterprise out of placing outdated consoles in new varieties and its newest RetroN Sq does that for the Game Boy in a much less moveable type.
The Game Boy was one of many first honest-to-goodness handheld consoles of its time, enabling principally younger avid gamers to spend hours of gaming away from the TV for so long as their AA batteries lasted. The Nintendo DS, which is just about defunct now, is probably the final remnant of the Game Boy spirit however that doesn’t imply it has utterly died. Especially when there are the likes of Hyperkin keen to maintain it alive.
Unlike the moveable Game Boy household, the RetroN Sq, quick for “Square”, is supposed to be related to a TV. With a single wired USB “Scout” controller, the console offers off a GameDice vibe greater than a Game Boy. Make no mistake, it will probably solely play Game Boy cartridges, particularly unique Game Boy and Game Boy Color. Support for Game Boy Advance is famous to nonetheless be in beta.
The RetroN Sq is ready to output video at 720p, one thing the Game Boy handhelds had been by no means designed for, after all, and a swap lets you toggle between 4:3 and 16:9 side ratios. There can also be a reminiscence card reader for firmware upgrades, which could possibly be fairly common contemplating it’s famous to run open supply software program. Other than that, although, there doesn’t appear to be every other particular options apart from assist for nearly historic cartridges.
The Hyperkin RetroN Sq will ship on March 25 however you can already pre-order one now for $74.99. Given it’s utilizing emulation to learn genuine Game Boy cartridges, will probably be attention-grabbing to see if Nintendo may have something to say or do about it.