Hyperkin's Ultra GB: An Aluminum Game Boy Classic

Sheri Evans
January 14, 2018

Temporarily called the Ultra Game Boy while it's still in development, the name is actually a flawless description of Hyperkin's hardware, which improves on Nintendo's original Game Boy in countless ways, without affecting the classic gameplay many of us remember.

Hyperkin's updated handheld console will probably not end up using copyrighted names from Nintendo, as Ultra Game Boy is just a development moniker. It dominated the handheld console market for nearly 10 years and it paved the way for the 3DS and the Switch, being every bit as iconic as the original NES and the SNES TV consoles.

It won't come with any built-in games so you will need to route through your attic or visit eBay if you want to play Super Mario Land for the original cartridges. Nintendo followed it up with the SNES Classic Edition in 2017, and despite having significantly more stock, still managed to sell out at virtually every retailer. Other new features include a six-hour battery with an USB Type-C connector for charging, stereo speakers and left and right audio-out connections that allow chiptune musician to create electronic tunes based on the original mono sounds.

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The prototype even keeps the contrast and volume dials from the original, and includes a new brightness dial letting you turn off the backlight for that classic (awful) Gameboy experience. Yes, it's a thing, and a very popular thing.

Yes, the Game Boy is coming back.

It's encased in aluminium, rather than the original plastic, and Hyperkin says that it hopes to have the recreation on the market by summer this year. That could make it less appealing to some, but it won't be stopping me from rekindling my love with my original gaming obsession.

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