Retro-bit Brings Back Nintendo's Game Boy With Its Super Retro Boy Portable Console

By Michael Augustin , Updated Jan 09, 2017 08:50 AM EST
Super Retro Boy Hands On At CES 2017
Retro-bit introduces the Super Retro Boy portable gaming system, which is due for release this August for $79.99.
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The recent success of Nintendo's NES Classic Edition has apparently awakened the feelings of nostalgia among gamers. The console was able to bring back 8-bit gaming and bring retro games back. However, the device was only limited to the pre-installed games it came with, which left some collectors unable to play with their NES cartridges. Retro-bit looks to cash in on the nostalgia factor with its upcoming Super Retro Boy portable console.

The portable gaming system is apparently designed to mimic the look of Nintendo's original Game Boy. Siliconera reports that a prototype was available during the CES 2017 event. The device is supposedly able to play Game Boy, Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Color cartridges.

The Super Retro Boy's look harkens back to the original Nintendo Game Boy. The screen placement, D-pad and buttons look like the original, although some design changes were necessary to avoid legal troubles with its design. It comes in two colors, a white body with a black D-pad and red buttons as well as a black body with red buttons and D-pad. It also features two speakers instead of the single one on the original console.

A TFT screen graces the front panel of the device, which is reportedly scratch and shatter resistant. It carries a 2500mAh rechargeable battery that lasts up to 10 hours on a single charge. The portable console can be charged through a micro-USB port on its bottom. The Verge mentions that it will net a $79.99 price tag and should be released by August. They also say that the package includes a 10-in-1 game cartridge.

Other than the Super Retro Boy, Retro-bit has also previously released the RetroDuo Portable. The other device is reported to play Nintendo's Super NES cartridges. Players hoping to play their NES cartridges can do so through an included adapter called the RetroPort.

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