The Game Boy is back (sort of)

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Your original Game Boy is probably covered in knicks and scratches, but it will take a lot of abuse for Hyperkin's remake to start showing wear and tear.

When you consider the success of the NES Classic and SNES Classic, it stands to reason that Nintendo would want to re-release all of its old consoles and handhelds under "Classic" branding.

The "Ultra Game Boy" (yes, that is what it's called) will be made of aluminium instead of plastic giving it the ability to last longer.

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The original eight-bit Game Boy sold nearly 119 million units over its 14 year lifespan, and spawned a host of successor consoles.

That now seems set to change, as Gizmodo reports from CES on the Ultra Game Boy, an aluminum-cased portable console that resembles the slimmer Game Boy Pocket more than the bulky 1989 original system. Of course, classic Game Boy carts only use mono sound, but the updated sound system will allow musicians to more easily use the Ultra Game Boy to create chiptunes.

The retro gaming specialists at Hyperkin are back at it.

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It's still in the development stages, and isn't an official Nintendo Game Boy, but it's modelled off the classic Game Boy, is handheld, and uses all your old game cartridges. The Ultra Game Boy's dual stereo speakers have also been upgraded to include connections for left and right audio output.

While Nintendo has not officially announced plans to launch a mini N64, the move appears to follow in the footsteps of the Classic Edition consoles that came before it, as similar trademark filings preceded both NES Classic and Super NES Classic.

Hyperkin is hoping that the Ultra Game Boy will be ready for a late Summer 2018 release with a price tag below $100.

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For starters, the Ultra Game Boy comes with a built-in backlight, something we didn't get in the original Game Boy line until the Game Boy Advance SP.

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