Up until now we’ve seen Game Boy emulators and accessories created for the iPhone, but this is something else entirely: a Nintendo Game Boy-compatible case for the iPhone 6 Plus, which actually runs real Game Boy and Game Boy Color cartridges.
Sound too good to be true? Well it is, sort of. Originally, the concept — called the Smart Boy — was an April Fools’ joke created by Hyperkin product developer, Chris Gallizzi. However, the idea of a turning your iPhone into a fully-functioning Game Boy proved too irresistible, and Hyperkin has now announced plans to really create and sell the product.
Provided Nintendo’s legal team don’t stop them first, that is.
As can be seen from the above image, the device boasts an 8-way D-pad, two action buttons, and the familiar Game Boy start and select buttons. According to its creator it will ship in “80s Grey.”
The games themselves will be authentically back-loaded, and then output through the iPhone 6 Plus’ 5.5-inch screen via a downloadable app, exclusive to the Smart Boy. There will apparently be visible upscaling of graphics, a cheat database, and save states, too.
Personally, I’d buy this in a Cupertino heartbeat, although it sounds far too good to be true. But if the technology miraculously works as described, and Nintendo’s lawyers for some reason don’t bombard Hyperkin with “cease and desist” letters, I’ll be there with my life savings on launch day.
Now I just need to remember where I stored all of those old Pokemon Red and Blue cartridges back in 2000. I think I left them under my N64 console and Limp Bizkit CDs.