Play retro games for free on Nintendo portable emulators, or wait for the new April Fools prank, which Hyperkin is one company that is aiming to bring it with those chunky cartridges and below par graphics back again, and realizing just how important smartphone gaming has actually become, in order to achieve it, developing a case that will turn your iPhone 6 into a proper Game Boy. More details can be found after the jump!
Of course you could jailbreak your iPhone, install a few Cydia tweaks and elumate all those games that provide you with that rush wishfulness, but that still does not have the same feel to it. When Hyperkin first teased the in-development design for the device on Reddit, most thought it was only an April Fools’ Day Prank, but Hyperkin is also been famous for its RetroN series of consoles which are able to run cartridges from classic systems, like the NES, Mega Drive, and Super Nintendo, has sice decided to create and sell the portable as their latest venture; the Smart Boy.
Smarter enough, which it allows people to insert their iPhone 6 into the Smart Boy device – giving them access to physical controls such as an 8-way D pad and four buttons designed specifically to mimic the A, B, select, and start buttons found on the original Game Boy.
Complete with cartridges and all, this contrpation will give you that true Game Boy feel, with the best bit being that all the games will be playable on your phone, whereas the case houses the Game Boy-like controls, as evaluated above. Interestingly, the project concept was released as part of an April Fools’ Day haox, but given the potential, and the responses it gained from the audiance, it was distinct to be turned into something real.
Smart Boy is currently only a concept that Hyperkin is trying to make something real out of, and while the images show the gizmo tailored to the iPhone 6 Plus, according to Chris Gallizzi from Hyperkin, the company behind working on a version for Android devices as well. “We’re working on an open side-panel version for Android phones,” he said.
Notably, the open side panel would allow Smart Boy to accommodate various phone form factors from different manufacturers. In a press release, he said that “We wanted to create a retro device that can be easily adapted into any modern gamer’s arsenal of devices.”
In fact the whole thing given how Smart Boy is currently on paper only, or at best, a prototype, by the time it’s released, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus would be succeeded by a newer generation of iPhone as well. The Smart Boy is claimed to include its own battery to help extend playing time, and in the upcoming days, the iPhone 6 Plus users will be able to enjoy your favorite Game Boy games with a backlit screen that features “noticable upscaling“.
One the software end, the Smart Boy will talk to your iPhone through its own dedicated app that will take care of saving games and offer a cheat database. More concerning is the still tightly locked iOS platform coupled with some obvious objections that Nintendo, which would be making in this mater if the Smart Boy was ever to be launched, but alongside is that certain that Hyperkin did make the RetroN systems work as well.
It’s also said that the Smart Boy will launch with an “80s Grey” color, but also suggests more colors could be available in the future. Android smartphone users have to wait a little long for their own version.
What do you think about the Hyperkin‘s Smart Boy – alternative to Game Boy retro gamer on your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus?