There have been a number of new consoles in recent years that were designed to honor the old consoles of yesteryear. These retro consoles, often coming in miniature forms, allowed only a limited set of titles that their originals supported. Some, however, tried to expand that list to almost all games, as long as you still had the original physical media. That’s what Analogue Pocket promised for Game Boy cartridges and similar handheld games, but, unfortunately, the fulfillment of that promise is being delayed a second time.
Announced in 2019, Pocket promised to revive the Game Boy craze. But more than just supporting Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advanced cartridges, it also embraced Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket Color and even the Atari Lynx . All in a similar design to that of a Game Boy that boasted a 1600 × 1440 3.5-inch screen.
Originally scheduled for a launch in 2020, the startup revealed that the Pocket would launch in May 2021. Of course, the reason at that time was like everyone else’s, blaming the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on production and the economy in general. . This pandemic is far from over, but there are new circumstances that, unfortunately, have caused further delays.
Analogue cites the global situation as the cause of the delay in shipping, even pre-orders for the Pocket gaming notebook. Two in particular stand out, namely, the global chip shortage that is affecting even bigger companies, as well as the recent blockade of the Suez Canal, courtesy of the cargo ship EverGreen’s Ever Given.
Analogue is now putting an October 2021 date on its next shipping schedule, although that does not mean it will be able to achieve that goal. Currently, there is a great deal of uncertainty, especially in consumer electronics, although, to be fair, some of them are really beyond the control of any company.