Samsung Licenses SmartBoy Add-On That Turns Your Phone Into a Game Boy
It started as an April Fool’s joke, but now it’s official.
You can now turn your Samsung phone into an old-school Game Boy thanks to Hyperkin‘s SmartBoy Android add-on. The phone accessory initially started as an April Fool’s joke, saw enough positive response to launch a development kit, and was just recently officially licensed by Samsung’s Mobile Accessory Partnership Program. The nostalgic device is expected to hit shelves later this year at a retail price of $49.99 USD.
The SmartBoy works with Samsung smartphones that feature a USB-Type C ports, such as the Galaxy S8, and is currently only available to the U.S. and Korean market. However, the add-on is compatible with both Game Boy Original and Game Boy Color game cartridges regardless of their release region. The device sports a classic tactile button set for a real handheld gaming console feel and is also compatible with modern apps and games, such as the Game Boy Advance apps from Google Play.
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