Hyperkin gets one-up on Nintendo with Ultra Game Boy

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If it wasn't a Game Boy then you clearly weren't with it.

There's been plenty of nostalgic attention being paid to classic console hardware updates in recent years, from Nintendo's official plug-and-play Classic Edition consoles to third-party clone consoles.

The limited-run NES Classic Edition arrived in November 2016, a miniaturized version of its 1983 ancestor that came with a fixed roster of 21 games - enthusiasts quickly discovered how to boost that number through file transfer ingenuity. But for all the focus on the TV-based game consoles of yesteryear, we haven't seen much corporate interest in recreating the portable system of the past.

Shown to Gizmodo at CES 2018, the Ultra Game Boy mimics the form and function of Nintendo's hit 1990s handheld.

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). If you want an authentic Game Boy experience though, you can turn off the backlight altogether. Though it's certainly recognisable as a Game Boy (actually it reminds us more of the compact Game Boy Color design than the original Game Boy), it improves on it in a few different ways.

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We've had the NES Mini, the SNES Mini - and now it's time Nintendo's original Game Boy to make a 21st Century comeback.

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 vast successes of the NES and SNES Classic Editions.

Hyperkin is planning to launch the Ultra Game Boy (definitely not its final name) before the end of the summer for a price point under $100.

Gizmodo reports a six-hour battery life with USB-C charging for the prototype, which also sports stereo speakers and dual audio outputs for targeted at chiptune makers.

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