The Analogue Pocket Retro Game Boy Handheld Ships In May 2021

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Image: Analogue
Image: Analogue

Last year, Analogue, makers of excellent high-end retro consoles like the Analogue NT (NES) and Mega SG (Sega Genesis), announced a high-def portable Game Boy console complete with its own HDMI dock, due out in 2020. Thanks to covid-19’s effect on the supply chain, the Analogue Pocket is now shipping in May of 2021, with preorders going live next week.

While it took longer than expected, the Analogue Pocket is finally on its way. Buyers interested in the hardware-emulated Nintendo handheld, with its gorgeous 3.5 inch 1600×1440 pixel display, built-in Nanoloop music creation software, and ability to run Game Boy, Game Boy Colour, and Game Boy Advance games natively will be able to preorder the device on the official website starting August 3 at noon Eastern time. The Analogue Pocket itself is $US200 ($282). The dock, which supports HDMI out and up to four external controllers, is $US100 ($141).

The dock is small and elegant. (Photo: Analogue)

The folks at Analogue have used the time between the Analogue Pocket’s announcement and the upcoming preorder period to tweak the design slightly and put together some accessories. The unit’s start and select buttons have been shifted from the lower right-hand side to the bottom centre. There’s a lovely transparent hard case available, which protects the Analogue Pocket while allowing folks to see how pretty it is. There are also a series of cartridge adapters that allow Atari Lynx, Neo Geo Pocket Colour, and Sega Game Gear games to be played.

Photo: Analogue

It basically sounds like the end-all, be-all of hardware-based retro handheld emulation. I wish we didn’t have to wait, but at least now we know how long we’ll be waiting.

Comments

  • Did every Australian gaming news outlet get shipped a couple of these units along with a suitcase full of cash and a script to follow? I’ve seen the same article posted in several high profile Australian based gaming sites today. These should be considered promotional material.

    • The cash absolutely wouldn’t happen without disclosure, but it’s very common to send newsletters or promo materials to press with talking points etc. and rules regarding disclusure are as far as I know pretty nebulous there.

      All that aside though I can certainly say it’s a product that I have some interest in – the form factor is very appealing to me, I have a lot of love for the GBA era and the possibility of HDMI out (at significant added cost, but still) is really cool. I could see a lot of YouTubers and / or streamers would be really into that functionality. It’s too expensive for me to really consider, but it’s an awfully attractive bit of gear to me, as well as a lot of regular Kotaku readers, so whatever the source I don’t really have an issue with this sort of thing appearing on Kotaku, though if it is indeed promotional material a disclaimer would be appreciated.

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