It’s a dangerously day to be teasing awesome retro novelty products, but Hyperkin is at it anyway. The company just announced that the SmartBoy design concept it posted on Reddit — a special iPhone case that lets you play real, physical GameBoy cartridges on your smartphone — is for real. I’m so happy this isn’t an April Fools’ joke.
The image Hyperkin’s Retron5 game consolealso used a mixture of emulation and physical cartridge ports.
The current concept is designed around the iPhone, but Gallizzi told Reddit that will change: “We’re working on an open side-panel version for Android phones” that should fit most major flagships.
Gallizzi spent a good chunk of Monday answering questions about the design, and even promised to take fan suggestions to the R&D boys at the next product meeting. Neat — let’s just hope it doesn’t suffer the same kind of delays as its predecessor. [Reddit]