E3 is always predictably full of cutting-edge game announcements, but one of the biggest reveals this year actually centered a classic platform.
Video game peripheral manufacturer Hyperkin has debuted a fully functional device that, when plugged into an Android phone, allows users to replay some of their favorite Game Boy titles using those iconic original plastic cartridges.
The Smart Boy first surfaced on the company’s as an April Fool’s prank, but positive feedback led developers to turn it into a reality. E3 attendees were treated to a device demo this week, and unlike previous available emulators, Hyperkin’s design actually uses the original Nintendo cartridges and displays the games on a smartphone’s screen. The hardware specs, pricing and software requirements aren’t yet available, but reports indicate the model at E3 employed a Samsung phone.
Nintendo’s original Game Boy, as well as its subsequent Color and Pocket models, revolutionized mobile gaming, selling millions of units over the years while paving the way for current on-the-go consoles.
Available for preorder for $60, the Smart Boy is expected to hit shelves in time for the holidays.
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