Old Is New: Hyperkin Bringing Back Updated Gameboy

The Hyperkin Ultra GB prototype running Pokemon Blue

The NES and SNES Classic Edition retro consoles are still selling out.

Hyperkin, a peripherals company has revealed a remake of the 28-year-old Game Boy this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

It may look a lot like the original Game Boy, but this handheld's housing is made from aluminum. Today the word comes down that Hyperkin Is Working On A Game Boy Reboot. The Hyperkin Ultra GB is still in development, but it already looks awesome.

But as familiar as the Ultra Game Boy looks, there are some significant changes. That backlight can also be turned off, if you want an authentic and annoying true Game Boy experience, or can be set to that greenish tint you might remember.

The Ultra Game Boy, as is the current name, includes such features that an 8 year-old me would have sold his soul for including, a backlit fully-RGB display, stereo speakers, and a USB-C rechargeable battery that can last 6 hours (no more fumbling for batteries). Aside from appealing to retro gamers, Hyperkin's Ultra Game Boy is also being customised for chiptune musicians who use the classic console to create modern electronic tunes.

Hyperkin is hoping to have the Ultra Game Boy, or whatever it ends up being called, ready for late winter this year, with a price point of under $US100 ($127). 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.

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