August 9, 2017
We’re far enough removed from the Game Boy releases, every iteration of them, that most of the systems probably don’t work anymore. Which means most of us have perfectly good cartridge collections of various sizes collecting dust. The SmartBoy aims to solve that problem. It’s a developmental kit designed to allow an Android smartphone to plug into the case and run Game Boy games from the original system, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance, all from their original cartridges. And this isn’t a cheap emulator with screen obscuring touch controls. The SmartBoy comes with true tactile buttons that hold fairly close to the handhelds in function and feel. Since it’s a development kit, you have a few options. For regular consumers, all you need to be concerned with is playing your games and having a good time. For the more technically apt among us, a developer’s kit means you can help refine the open source software and create an even better SmartBoy. Significant improvements to the SmartBoy’s firmware also net the developer some sweet, sweet royalty cash, so the tech savvy should jump on this and get to work. Available now HERE.