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Hyperkin Supaboy Coming Soon

Hyperkin, makers of all manner of retro hardware will apparently be releasing a portable SNES called the Supaboy. If they maintain their current track record I expect it will be a quite serviceable unit, if a bit rough around the edges.

Here are the details from their website/press release:

The SupaBoy will play original SNES cartridges on a built-in 3.5” LCD screen and is designed to emulate an original SNES controller including a D-pad and buttons on the front as well as right and left shoulder buttons. Hyperkin has even included two front loading ports that are compatible with full-size SNES controllers and video/audio out, allowing up to two players to play the SupaBoy on a regular TV screen. How supa’ cool is that!

SupaBoy will be compatible with multiple SNES titles including: Super Mario™ RPG, Starfox™, Super Mario™ World, Donkey Kong™ Country, Zelda™, Noah’s Ark 3D™, Aerobiz™ and others.

“The SupaBoy is by far one of the coolest products we’ve developed,” stated Steven Mar, Hyperkin’s Business Director. “Not only does it look similar to an original SNES controller, it’s also compatible with original SNES cartridges. You can even run it through your TV to play it with a friend!” Mar continued: “The SupaBoy is going to blow people away.”

Normal details:
  • Screen size (diagonal): 3.5 inches
  • 5.5 Hours battery life (tested only once without sound)
  • Measures: 8.5 x 4 x 1.5 inches
  • Weight: 11.5 ounces
  • Stereo sound
  • AV Out
  • Headphone jack
  • Adjustable volume control
Key details:
  • Innovative cartridge lock feature
  • Two seven-pin controller ports
  • Tested compatible original hardware:
    1. Nintendo SNES controller
    2. Nintendo Super Scope
    3. Super Multitap
    4. Nintendo Mario Paint Mouse
  • In short – everything we’ve plugged into the controller ports has worked
  • Cartridge Compatibility
    1. Compatible with Japanese Super Famicom Cartridges
    2. Tested, Confirmed as Working
      1. Super Mario RPG
      2. Starfox
      3. Super Mario World
      4. Donkey Kong Country
      5. Zelda
      6. Noah’s Ark 3D
      7. Aerobiz

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