Ultra Game Boy Being Developed By Hyperkin

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While that may be true, retro gaming company Hyperkin has already beaten Nintendo to the punch. Gizmodo (who have a 360 video of the little nostalgia widget) say it improves on the original Game Boy's hardware without affecting gameplay on the old cartridges (yes, it plays the original cartridges). The peripheral manufacturer is now working on an updated version of the classic Game Boy tentatively called the Ultra Game Boy.

"The Ultra Game Boy's housing is made from aluminum, which has a wonderful heft when you pick it up". It's powered by an internal lithium ion battery that's recharged via USB-C, so there'll be no need to keep a stockpile of AA batteries nearby. The Ultra Game Boy's dual stereo speakers have also been upgraded to include connections for left and right audio output. The volume and contrast dials that appeared on the original will also feature here, but they'll be joined by a third dial that'll be used to adjust the new backlit LCD display. There won't be any pre-installed games like Nintendo's Classic Edition consoles.

The limited-run NES Classic Edition arrived in November 2016, a miniaturized version of its 1983 ancestor that came with a fixed roster of 21 games - enthusiasts quickly discovered how to boost that number through file transfer ingenuity.

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The device is still in development, so for now Hyperkin has dubbed it the Ultra Game Boy, which actually seems to be a very fair description. Would you buy something like this, or are you going to hold out and wait for Nintendo to announce the Game Boy Classic instead?

Hyperkin is reportedly aiming to have their Ultra Game Boy out sometime this summer, for a price of less than $100.

For starters, the Ultra Game Boy comes with a built-in backlight, something we didn't get in the original Game Boy line until the Game Boy Advance SP.