Retro-Bit Updates the Game Boy with Super Retro Boy at CES

on January 7, 2017 2:39 PM

While Nintendo stopped the production of Game Boys back in 2000, this hasn’t stopped unofficial redesigns from appearing. The latest is from the company Retro-Bit who are most famous for their SNES and NES compatible RetroDuo consoles. At this year’s Consumer Electronic Show they unveiled the Super Retro Boy.

This ‘new’ handheld can play Game Boy, GBC, and GBA games on its TFT LDC screen. The button configuration mimics an SNES controller with the extra two red circles used for the GBA’s bumpers. It also contains a 2,500mAh battery that apparently lasts 10 hours. Even better is that the pack is rechargeable to avoid the console being too retro. The whole thing is supposed to be even more durable than the original Game Boy with built in protective screens and shatter resistant material.

The game will cost $79.99 USD and will arrive in August 2017. Unfortunately no preorders are available yet on Retro-Bit’s official site (for unofficial consoles). Luckily for us, Retro-Bit posted a video of the handheld in action on their Twitter. The screen looks bright and crisp and while the design is nostalgic but with a modern twist. This is definitely makes me want to pull out my old GB games and give this glossy machine a whirl.

 

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Leif Conti-Groome is a staff writer at DualShockers who mainly focuses on indie games and crowdfunding campaigns. He was a contributor to the niche game podcast Total Control and he frequently lends his services to the Torontonian enthusiast group, The Hand Eye Society.