E3 2016 had many wonderful surprises on offer with Nintendo’s new IP Ever Oasis, Paper Mario: Color Splash and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But while we simmer down from the excitement of the biggest gaming show, let’s briefly touch upon the case that turns your smartphone into a working Game Boy.
Cropping up in E3 2015, the Smart Boy device started life as a rather strange April Fool’s joke. While it was only an Alpha build last year, Hyperkin showcased their peripheral device again this year. And it was fully working – at least with Android smartphones, rather than iOS. Available to purchase for $59.99, the Smart Boy is designed as an improved way to play retro games on your smartphone. It has the same button layout and colour scheme, with a cartridge slot in the back for your prized grey-square possessions.
According to Hyperkin, the hardware will be compatible with all Game Boy and Game Boy Colour cartridges too. The developer is even offering a royalty percentage to “anyone that can improve the Smart Boy’s serial app and firmware”. Expecting to ship on December 1 this year, it’s perhaps more than just a stocking filler. You can purchase the Smart Boy at Hyperkin’s official website.