Truly, mobile phones have come a long way since the brick-sized Motorolas of old. Once, making a call across the world without a cord was revolutionary. Nowadays, Trainers are catching Pokémon with a few passes of their finger across a palm-sized screen.
But what if you want to play a classic Pokémon game without dragging your Game Boy out of the attic, or you want to relive the memorable storyline of Link’s Awakening but don’t have any batteries lying around? Hyperkin Games’s Smart Boy hopes to be your answer. It works like a time machine for your phone, sending it back to a retro era and allowing it to play your Game Boy and Game Boy Color cartridges. No, not emulated games — the actual cartridges!
NIntendo has attempted this before with peripherals such as the Transfer Pak for the N64, and the Game Boy Player for the GameCube, but Hyperkin’s Smart Boy looks to offer a more portable and elegant option for modern gamers with a love for the past. It’s compatible with Android-based phones, essentially turning them into a Game Boy with its classic button layout and grey casing.
Currently, the Smart Boy development kit is up for pre-order and is set to release in December 2016. $59.99 gets you the kit along with “an open source serial app and firmware, which will enable developers of all kinds to advance Hyperkin’s current build toward a retail-ready model.” Hyperkin is offering a percentage of royalties from the retail sales for developers who can improve upon the device. If you’re a developer who is interested in making the Smart Boy a reality, head over to Hyperkin for more information.
If you’re not savvy with the tech side but want to see the Smart Boy in action, you can check out the teaser trailer below.