It’s fair to say that when Nintendo announced the NES Classic edition, the internet went into a bit of a frenzy. There have been third party Nintendo gaming devices around for a little while now, but the NES Classic comes direct from Nintendo and allows you to play a bunch of their most famous retro games like Pac-Man, Mario, Metroid and Zelda. However, there was still no way of reliably playing their portable games, and those that originated on the world-changing Game Boy. However, that was before the introduction of the Retro Boy.
At CES 2017, Retro-Bit announced a new and upgraded Game Boy device. Retro Boy will not be a device pre-loaded with Nintendo games, as they don’t want to infringe on copyrights, but Nintendo’s patents have expired on their cartridges and compatible devices, so the Retro Boy is well within its legal limits to allow you to play cartridges from all of the different Game Boy consoles on one device.
To be clear, Retro Boy is not bringing anything hugely new to the table, what it is doing is bringing the Game Boy flying into 2017. It does this by giving the new device a 10-hour game time, as well as a micro USB charging port and a higher definition screen (although it is still limited by the original resolution of the game.)
The Retro Boy will be available in two colours, black and white, as well as only costing $79.99 when it comes out. Due for release later in 2017, you have a little bit of time to get those gaming thumbs ready!