One of the hottest Christmas gifts this season was Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition, a mini replica of the original NES console with HDMI outputs and 30 built-in games. As it turned out, people really want to play those old games on a retro console instead of an emulator — even if it meant only being able to play the included games. And now in 2017, it’s time for Game Boy’s big comeback.
This time around, it’s not Nintendo bringing back a console, but third-party classic gaming accessories company Retro-Bit. At CES, Retro-Bit drew crowds with its Super Retro Boy, which looks like the original Game Boy from 1989 — except with four buttons. That’s because the Super Retro Boy not only plays Game Boy and Game Boy Color cartridges, but also those of the Game Boy Advance. And all for just $80.
Instead of relying on built-in games, Super Retro Boy allows you to use your old cartridges, which means you potentially have access to the thousands of games in the combined libraries of the three hand-held classics. And don;t worry about stocking up on AA batteries — Super Retro Boy features a rechargeable battery that’s good for 10 hours of gameplay and supports micro-USB.
Look for Super Retro-Boy this August with a 10-in-1 multi-game cartridge included. Let’s just hope they move the L and R buttons to the side by then.