Until recently, there was almost an obsession in the gaming industry for retro consoles. Although these reminiscences, which generally came in smaller forms than the original design, allowed to relive and repeat games from the past, they were practically restricted to the few games that their manufacturers chose to record in their data storage. Hyperkin Lab, by contrast, does business by putting old consoles in new ways and its latest RetroN Sq does that for the Game Boy in a less portable way.
The Game Boy was one of the first portable consoles honest for the goodness of its time, allowing most young players to spend hours playing away from the TV while their AA batteries lasted. The Nintendo DS, which is practically extinct now, is perhaps the last vestige of the Game Boy spirit, but that doesn’t mean he died completely. Especially when there are guys like Hyperkin willing to keep him alive.
Unlike the portable Game Boy family, RetroN Sq, short for “Square”, was made to be connected to a TV. With a single wired USB “Scout” controller, the console emits a GameCube vibration more than a Game Boy. Make no mistake, it can only play Game Boy cartridges, specifically the original Game Boy and Game Boy Color. Game Boy Advance support is still in beta.
RetroN Sq is capable of producing 720p video, something Game Boy notebooks were never designed for, of course, and a selector allows you to switch between 4: 3 and 16: 9 aspect ratios. memory card for firmware updates, which can be quite regular considering that it runs open source software. Other than that, however, there doesn’t seem to be any other special feature besides support for almost old cartridges.
Hyperkin RetroN Sq will be released on March 25, but you can already pre-order one for $ 74.99. Given that it is using emulation to read authentic Game Boy cartridges, it will be interesting to see if Nintendo will have anything to say or do about it.