There were rumours of a PlayStation 5 and news on the next generation of Xbox, but this E3 was ultimately pretty light on the cool hardware. We knew that was the case given the sheer amount of VR accessories most of us can't or won't use any time soon.
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My tiny hands remember the original, enormous Xbox controller with fondness. Not because it was ergonomic or a joy to use, but in the same way I remember other absurd and outdated technology -- with absolute amusement. The original Xbox controller was a beast, and the tweaked and high tech $130 Duke from Hyperkin, that works with both PCs and the Xbox One, borrows that same portly profile to create one of the biggest and most ridiculous controllers out there.
With the NES and SNES Classic Edition retro consoles still selling out as fast as they go on sale, it's a safe assumption that Nintendo is going to revive some of its other popular consoles soon. But before the Game Boy Classic Edition has a chance to become more than a rumour, peripherals manufacturer Hyperkin is releasing its own remake of the classic portable handheld.
Nintendo's NES Classic Edition, which was nearly impossible to find from its initial release right up until the company stopped making it, proved gamers are hungry for nostalgia. But has 16 years been long enough for Microsoft fans to feel similarly nostalgic for the original Xbox's gigantic controllers?
After years of being declared obsolete by video game fans, Nintendo is hot again. The house that Mario built has the hardest Christmas gift to get your hands on with the NES Classic Edition. Super Mario Run hits the iPhone this week. And the Nintendo Switch is only a few months away. But you can buy this Super NES-themed mechanical keyboard right now.
The folks at Neowin made an exciting discovery at E3 this week. Originally teased as an April Fools' joke over a year ago, Hyperkin's Smart Boy was not only on the show floor with an updated design this year, it was also fully-functional, with a possible official release closer to December.
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.