The original Game Boy is back (kinda)
Nintendo is not re-releasing its iconic Game Boy console—not yet, anyway. But an outside company, Hyperkin, is making the next-best thing: its own retro version of the Game Boy, as fidgety and pixelated as you remember it, called the Ultra Game Boy.
The Ultra Game Boy won't change the classic gameplay experience, and the console itself is very similar to the original, although it's made of aluminium. But there are a few improvements. It will have a spiffy new backlighting feature for the display (which you can turn off if you'd rather play in the near-dark), a six-hour battery, a USB charging port, and stereo speakers.
Hyperkin wants to have the Ultra Game Boy ready to sell by late summer, meaning it'll beat whatever official retro Game Boy console Nintendo might put out after the huge success of the NES and SNES Classic Editions. It won't ask more than $100. And hopefully, you still have your old Game Boy cartridges laying around—the Ultra Game Boy won't have built-in games since it isn't an official Nintendo product. But hey, those are a dime a dozen on eBay, at least until this thing catches fire.
The video games coming out this year will be marvels of graphic design with crazy complex storylines. And they'll definitely be a hell of a good time to play. But if you want to slow down a bit, the Ultra Game Boy can transport you straight back to the '90s for as long as it takes to blast through old-school Tetris.