Jun 17, 2018 | Updated: 09:54 AM EDT

Samsung Licenses SmartBoy Phone Add-on to Play Game Boy Cartridges

May 18, 2017 02:58 PM EDT


Popular Android smartphone manufacturer Samsung has reportedly licensed an add-on to their Android devices. This, in turn, will enable compatibility with Game Boy titles with Samsung smartphones. Samsung SmartBoy is now planned for a release in the United States and South Korea very soon.

As noted from Anime News Network, The Samsung SmartBoy is nothing but a Hyperkin Android Phone add-on that will enable gameplay of Game Boy titles on the company's smartphones. Compatibility seems to be limited to all smartphones with a USB Type-C Port. The device will be sold at price of $49.99 and will also work with the original Game Boy and the Game Boy Color variant. It's expected to be released in Q2 or Q3 this year.

Other details of the Samsung SmartBoy also reveal the device doesn't require a dedicated power supply. Hyperkin introduced the device to developers in assisting them to port all Game Boy titles to the market. Key features of the device listed on Nintendo Life include a 5.2-inch display that doesn't require any batteries. The device offers the classic tactile style buttons.

The Samsung SmartBoy will also upscale to the phone's resolution during gameplay as reported by the website. Overall, for a price of $49.99, it looks very promising especially for those people who were really into classic titles. Developers Hyperkin announced that the SmartBoy product will be sold through Samsung Mobile Accessory Partnership Program (SMAPP) both in the United States and the South Korean market.

Samsung has only recently launched their two biggest products to the consumer markets this year after neutral success for the company last year. With the release of the two new Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus smartphones, the Samsung SmartBoy will surely be beneficial to the new smartphone buyers to enjoy Game Boy titles on their devices. 

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