Many Game Boy fans have probably already heard about Hyperkin’s SmartBoy device. Previously only available in the US and Canada, the SmartBoy will be making it’s way to Europe in September.
The SmartBoy device allows you to play your original Game Boy and Game Boy Color games on your Android phone. Essentially, you slot your phone into the
SmartBoy, pop in your cartridge, and you’re playing your Game Boy game again like it’s 1996.
The front of the device features physical controls placed in the familiar Game Boy layout. Any Game Boy fan should find themselves at home here. It also comes with a reported 5-hour battery, which can be charged through the phone.
The device is only guaranteed to work on phones from the Samsung S8 line upwards, however Hyperkin note that “other Android device compatibility may vary”. It likely will work with other Android phones, but Hyperkin won’t be liable to offer support should those phones have issues.
The SmartBoy cannot only be used to play your original carts, but will also act as a somewhat more standard controller, allowing you to control “other apps and games including GBA apps from Google Play”.
The price of the unit itself will be a quite reasonable £59.99. It’s currently available to pre-order from Funstock Retro.