It was a sad day when one of the most popular handheld gaming devices was retired over a decade ago. Everybody either had a Gameboy or knew someone who had one and couldn’t wait to have a go at it. What if we were to tell you that it’s coming back, better than ever? Say hello to the Super Retro Boy.
Although it isn’t an official release from Nintendo, a company by the name of Retro-Bit is resurrecting the classic handheld. The Super Retro Boy is essentially a clone of the original in terms of size and portability, but that’s where the similarities end.
Retro-Bit’s new baby is a four-button handheld console like the original and is compatible with cartridges from the Gameboy, Gameboy Colour and Gameboy Advance. The only other different cartridge will be a multigame version with undisclosed titles so far. The handheld comes with a microUSB-rechargeable 2,500mAh battery that powers it for up to ten hours. The screen is a scratch- and shatter-proof TFT HD display.
Other controls handle brightness and volume levels, and there is a headphone jack. The four buttons are the A, B, L and R keys along with the start and select and a D-pad.
There are no other fancy gimmicks to crowd the device such as internet connectivity and external connections. The main purpose of the handheld is to bring back fond memories from the yonder years and to instill new ones in the current generation.
We are looking at an August release this year and the Super Retro Boy should retail at $80 (Dh295).