Classic video game consoles are currently very popular, and companies have been revisiting the old school a lot recently. One such company is Analogue. Now that company is offering a pocket-size version that will play your old Gameboy cartridges.
The Analogue Pocket comes with a 3.5-inch, 665ppi, LCD display that offers a 1600 x 1440 resolution and a built-in backlight. The Pocket also features an SD card slot, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that is charged via a USB-C connection. It also has a built-in synthesizer called Nanoloop and the buttons can be remapped to your preferences. Here’s the brass tacks, though. The Pocket can play GB, GBC, and GBA cartridges, which means it can play more than 2,700 games, and it plays those games in better detail than the original devices do. If that’s not enough of a temptation to pick up a Pocket, Analogue has also announced that they are working on adapters that will allow the Pocket to play Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket Color, and others. Analogue’s Christoper Taber explains that “Pocket is a tribute to all of portable gaming. Our goal is to bring support to all handheld game systems to Pocket. The adapters will be rolling out with launch, some coming later and plans to continue to develop and release more system updates.”
Analogue isn’t stopping with just handhelds. According to the company, they’re also making a dock that connects directly to an HDTV so that you can play the original Link’s Awakening on a big screen. The dock is sold separately and supports Bluetooth controllers and wired USB controllers.
The vision behind offering the Pocket was one of delivering on the original promise of handheld gaming. “Handheld game systems are another category of video game history that are riddled with issues. Extremely low quality displays, no backlights, limited to one platform, etc.” says Taber. “Really it came down to the display. We’ve been working with suppliers for years to try and find the perfect display—one with the right aspect ratio, resolution, pixel density, color accuracy, pixel refresh, and brightness. We finally were able to get the display of our dreams for retro aspect ratios.”
Analogue’s pocket will launch in this coming year and will retail for $199.