Remember the Smartboy? The April’s Fool joke gadget accessory from Hyperkin that turned into a real product, allowing you to relive your Game Boy days right on your smartphone? Well, here’s another. Officially known as Wanle Gamers Console for iPhone (though we’d call it Wanle Functional Game Boy Case for iPhone), it is a tad different from Hyperkin’s dock-style accessory. Wanle’s iteration is literally a case that protects your iPhone, while offering access to all ports and buttons, and it does not rely on your smartphone to let you play the included Game Boy titles. Continue reading Here’s An iPhone Case That Is Also A Functional Game Boy Gaming Device
Rejoice, tinkerers with the love for retro gaming, specifically portable gaming. Clockwork Tech has announced a new piece of gadget that will satisfy both your love for retro gaming on-the-go and the need to tinker. Called GameShell, it is a modular retro game console that not only allows you to play retro games, it is also a DIY mini-computing platform. Thanks to its modular design and its open source nature, you can turn this Nintendo GameBoy lookalike device into a wireless speaker, a remote for home automation or LEGO robot, or you can simply create your own games and mods using supported programming languages like preset C, Python, LUA, and LISP. Continue reading This Nintendo-Inspired Gaming Device Is Modular, Can Do More Than Gaming
Take your love for arcade gaming anywhere with the Cary42, a portable arcade gaming device created by the very talented Love Hulten. Inspired by attaché cases, the Cary42 is the updated big brother of the R-Kaid-R from a few years ago. Not only is it larger, it is also a tad more ‘sociable’ now because it comes with two sets of joy stick and buttons combo that will allow two players to enjoy classic co-op titles like Metal Slug, Gauntlet, and Contra. And if your buddy and yourself ever find that 100 games aren’t enough, there’s a USB port that will let you store over 10,000 emulated games of your choosing, so you guys will never run out of games to play. Continue reading R-Kaid-R Portable Arcade Has A Big Brother That Lets Two Game Together
You know how is it like. You enjoy the myriad of modern day games like Minecraft, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Killzone: Mercenary on your modern day PS Vita, but at the back of your head, you still relish your days fixated on pixelated games. We are talking about games like Contra, Mario Bros., Donkey Kong and the likes and while it is true that today’s smartphone can easily fill the shoes of a device such as the Gameboy, it will never feel the same as trying to beat your high score on a purpose-built portable gaming console. That being said, if you are feeling super nostalgic and would rather relive the days of GameBoy with purpose-designed hardware, well, then the good news is, you can always look to BittBoy to fill the void in your on-the-go gaming life. Continue reading This GameBoy-inspired Handheld Gaming Device Packs A Cool 300 Titles
What can a brilliant electronics and software tinkerer who has a specially affinity for the classic Game Boy portable gaming device do? I don’t know. Maybe cobbled up a what could be the world’s smallest and functional Game Boy Color? Well, as it turns out, that was exactly what Jeroen Domburg, the man behind Sprite_tm, did. Thanks to the technology available today, he was able to put together a super tiny Game Boy that is little bigger than a grown man’s thumb (yes, that small!) and the most brilliant part is, it actually works! Continue reading Mind-blown: Keychain Size DIY Game Boy Color Actually Works!
There was a time when game console market was dominated by Playstation and Xbox (it is still so), Nintendo differentiated itself with Wii, and subsequently Wii U, which were consoles that stood out with motion-controlled gaming. However, that key selling point didn’t quite hold up the fort, much less breach the walls held high by the two giants and if Nintendo wants to survive in this brutal game console war, it desperately need to reinvent itself. In between, Nintendo has dished out a couple of miniaturized and slightly modernised version of its ‘ancient’ consoles, the NES Classic and the Family Computer, in an attempt to lure nostalgic gamers, and today, the Japanese game console maker announces Switch, the company’s new game console that ditches motion control in favor of traditional control but with special attention paid to mobility. Continue reading Switch, Nintendo’s New Game Console Merges Home And Mobile Gaming
Remember, Smartboy? The April’s Fools joke which Hyperkin decided to turn into a real world product? Well, as it turns out, it is a real thing now. That took quite a while; it’s more than a year since the tease, but I guess for GameBoy fans, it is better late than never. According to the folks over at Neowin, they caught the fully functional product over at Hyperkin’s booth at this year’s E3. While the original design was a little squarish (probably due to the fact it was a rendered image), the supposedly working version is a lot sleeker, though it still spot the same signature GameBoy colorway, along with the requisite buttons like the D-pad, action, start and select buttons. Continue reading Smartboy, The Case That Turns Smartphone Into A GameBoy Is Real!
Can a non-functioning toy Game Boy given by Burger King back the 2000 of any use? Of course, not. It was a dummy and on top of that, it was super tiny, but that doesn’t mean it can never ever – as proven by Redditor ChaseLambeth who, despite the tiny size of the said ‘Game Boy’, turned it into a functioning example. You read that right. A working example out of an original non-working example. Now, that’s something to marvel over, doesn’t it? While it may be small, the tiny size still has enough real estate to pack a Raspberry Pi Zero and a two-inch LCD display. Continue reading Guy Turned Tiny Dummy Gameboy Into Functioning Gameboy Color Nano
Even we are at the age of “next-gen” consoles, some of us still love the good old fashion, pixelated games played on past era game consoles like the Atari 2600 and if so, wouldn’t it be nice if you could play iconic games like Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Missile Command and more whenever, wherever? Well, if you have the knack for tinkering with electronics (among other things) like Ben Heck, then you can probably cobbled together a Portable Atari 2600. Yeap. You heard that right, a Portable Atari 2600. It sure sounds like a dream come true for retro console gamers, no? Continue reading Watch How Ben Heck Turned An Atari 2600 Into A Portable Gaming Device
April Fools’ jokes are not all about fun. Sometimes jokes dished out by businesses turn out to be a neat (and fun) way to gauge consumers interest for a fake product. Hyperkin’s Smart Boy is one such example. So what’s exactly is a Smart Boy? Well, it is a device that purportedly turns an iPhone 6 Plus into a Game Boy of sort, allowing you to play Game Boy and Game Boy Color games utilizing iPhone 6 Plus glorious 401ppi display. The device, which looks like a Game Boy with its top lopped off, complete with an eight-way D-pad, two action buttons, plus a start and select button. In the post by Hyperkin on Facebook, it also states that it will include a battery offering up to 5 hours of game play and rechargeable through the phone itself. Continue reading Hyperkin’s Smart Boy Will Turn Your iPhone 6 Plus into a Working Game Boy