The Game Boy has Returned…in Smartphone Form

Nintendo set the industry ablaze when the Game Boy released back in the 90s. It became a mega-hit, having sold over 118 million units worldwide. Many gamers today got started on the little handheld. Now, almost 30 years later. The Game Boy is coming back—but not in a way that you might think.

Hardware manufacturers Hyperkin and PQube have partnered up with each other to create the SmartBoy. What is it? Well, it’s a case for Samsung smartphones—but not just any kind of case—it’s basically a GameBoy modified into a case.

Connecting to the phone through USB Type-C, the SmartBoy can be used to play original NTSC/PAL Game Boy and Game Boy Color cartridges. On top of that, it sports physical buttons reminiscent of the original handheld. It can also be sued to play other games and apps from the Google Play Store.

A release date has not been revealed yet, but it’s expected to come out in September. Retailer FunstockRetro UK is currently offering pre-orders for £59.99, if you’re interested.


A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.