Hyperkin Smart Boy Morphs Your Smartphone Into A Game Boy

Hyperkin is well known for its retro game-inspired offerings, including consoles that will play old NES cartridges. Your smartphone may soon be able to join in on the fun, too. Hyperkin showed off their upcoming Smart Boy, a cradle that lets you plug Game Boy carts into your phone, at this year's E3.

 

Android version Smart Boy – notice the little window for the phone's home buttonAndroid version Smart Boy – notice the little window for the phone's home button

 

Far from just a cart slot adapter, the Smart Boy's nostalgic bulky and grey plastic will cradle your shiny smartphone altogether, simultaneously freeing you from the pain of touchscreen controls with its physical d-pad and face buttons. Your phone slots in from the top, same as the cartridges you'll insert just behind.

It's unclear how Hyperkin actually gets games running; supposedly the phone runs an emulator, and the Smart Boy simply sends in the data from a slotted cartridge. That seems a much more legal alternative to just downloading game ROMs, though we've yet to hear any official response from Nintendo.

Support for game carts released following the pea soup screen era is also unclear. Hyperkin did say on their Twitter feed that the Smart Boy will handle Game Boy Advance cartridges, in addition to Game Boy Color-specific ones.

 

The “alpha build” Smart Boy seen at E3 (image from Hyperkin's Twitter feed)The “alpha build” Smart Boy seen at E3 (image from Hyperkin's Twitter feed)

 

All of that said, it appears Hyperkin is still working on the Smart Boy; there's no pricing or availability info as of yet. Apparently the thing will support the iPhone 6 Plus and unspecified Android phones.