Although Nintendo has been doing a decent job of putting its old games up on its Virtual Console, it still has nothing on the burgeoning retro games market, which has been creating “faux-retro” consoles that run older games through a combination of cartridge compatibility and emulation. But so far most of these systems have been oriented around home consoles.
Enter the Super Retro Boy, which was announced at this week’s CES show. The unit will be able to run original Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games with ease, and uses a brightly-lit and scratch-resistant TFT LDC screen. It also comes with a rechargable battery, and should last up to 10 hours on a single, full charge.
For Game Boy Advance games, it has two buttons additional buttons on the face to emulate the look of an original Game Boy fused with a Super Nintendo controller. This might be a little more aesthetically pleasing, but might throw off a few shoulder-button games. How am I supposed to play DK: King of Swing the way it was meant to be played!? This also brings up a few more questions: will it be compatible with accessories like Botkai’s solar panels and WarioWare: Twisted’s tilt sensor? How else does it differ from the Game Boy Advance SP? We’ve reached out to makers Retro-Bit for answers, but we may have to wait until we get our hands on one to find out.
The unit will be available in August and be priced at $79.99.