Published: Thu, October 17, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

The Analogue Pocket celebrates the history of mobile gaming

The Pocket will allow users to play the whole Game Boy, Game Boy Color & Game Boy Advance game cartridge library in addition to titles from Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket Color, Atari Lyna, via a cartridge adapter.

At $199, the Pocket certainly isn't cheap, but it supports so many long-dead handhelds and will allow a lot of classic games to be played on-the-go while looking and sounding better than ever before. FPGAs are essential highly-customizable circuit boards, and it's these that allow the clever folk at Analogue to essentially recreate the hardware of retro games machines, and run their games natively rather than under emulation. Additionally, Analogue Pocket is designed for FPGA development, which means in a roundabout way that game creators can use the device to make their own ideas come to life. The device has a lovely 3.5-inch, 615 ppi, LCD screen that offers 1600x1440 resolution, which is ten times that of the original Game Boy.

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If you grew up playing Game Boy games in the '90s or early 2000s, the Analogue Pocket might be quite the nostalgic experience.

There's even a music sequencer and synthesiser known as Nanoloop, while you happen to factual wish to assemble your have chiptunes. But that's why the Analogue Pocket works: it's a chic, adult version of the device we grew up loving, and with the first Game Boy game turning 30 this year, it's certainly timely. Not only were there countless classic titles released exclusively for the GBA, from Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire to The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap to Advance Wars to Metroid Fusion, but it was also home to some incredible re-releases, including all the best 2D Mario games. There's also a nifty feature that nods to the Switch - an optional HDMI-equipped dock, for outputting games on a big-screen TV. The dock comes with support for Bluetooth wireless and USB-tethered controllers. Imagery suggests Pocket will ship in either all-white or all-black. So you could potentially play all of your old-school Game Boy games on your HDTV. The Pocket is scheduled to release in 2020.

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