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Similar Pocket Review: The Best Way to Play Old Game Boy Cartridges


I will admit it: I’m a skeptic, and a crank at that. I rarely let fun or exciting new products pass without a word of “provocation” or “trick”. That’s why I think I need to retract here.

See, when the appropriate video game console maker Analogue Announced Analogue Pocketits first handset Classic gaming system, I rolled my eyes and scoffed. For my protection, previous Analogue game consoles played Nintendo and Sega games, produced in limited numbers, making them scarce and highly sought after. The devices are similar to the hypebeast sneakers of the classic gaming world, for better or worse.

Candlestick Similar bags It seemed to me like a limited production handset with some amazing features that… would be hoarded by collectors who would leave it on the shelf. Or it will be a new nerd status symbol for the rich. Well, after almost a year of waiting for pre-orders, I can say I was wrong.

This console exists, I have one, and despite all the hype, it’s even a little better than I thought it would be, especially thanks to some recent software updates. If you don’t care about the nostalgia brought about by using an actual Nintendo Game Boy, then the Analogue Pocket could be the ultimate upgrade to your classic game collection.

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Analogue Pocket’s initial promise was pretty simple: This modern handheld, with its high-resolution display and USB-C rechargeable battery, acts like a Nintendo Game Boy. Pop in one of your favorite childhood game boxes—it might be super mario world from the original Game Boy, maybe Pokémon crystals from Game Boy Color, or perhaps Merge Metroid from the Game Boy Advance era—and it comes to life in vivid, pixel-precise detail.

Let’s say you’re more of a Sega Game Gear fan, or maybe you like the little-known Atari Lynx, Neo Geo Pocket, or PC Engine Express. You’re lucky! The adapter—sold separately, of course—also lets you plug those games in.

Pocket can plug into a charging dock ($100) that also lets you connect the console to your TV and wireless controller.

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At the heart of Analogue Pocket is the technology that Analogue has used in all of its products. Unlike classic Android-based gaming handhelds that “emulate” console hardware with software, the Analogue Pocket has something called an FPGA. FPGA stands for Field Programmable Gate Array and programming field part means it can be quickly trained to mimic a variety of classic gaming hardware as soon as you fire up the cartridge.

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