The Analogue Pocket will play all the handheld games… and empty your wallet. I need this!
Analogue have been reinventing retro consoles with style for a few years now. Their takes on the SNES and Mega Drive update and upgrade the classics. Unlike some other retro systems that utilise software to emulate games, Analogue’s consoles play original cartridges. They’re proper old-school hardware dragged into the present and up-scaled in high definition.
All well and good, and call me a purist, but if you want an authentic retro gaming experience, why not buy the real thing? There are plenty of working Mega Drive and Super Nintendo consoles out there.
My argument started to take on water and began to sink with the news that Analogue’s newest foray into modern retro is a handheld device that plays all the games.
Full disclosure, I’m a SEGA kid who survived the console wars the first time around. My Mega Drive was cherished, but the majority of my gaming took place on the Game Gear. I still have it, it still works. But either the screen is way past its best or the cataracts are kicking in.
It’s the screen…
To restore a Game Gear is a lengthy and arduous task which involves replacing around 95 diodes. Who has the time? So my interest was piqued when I discovered that the Analogue Pocket will, with an adaptor, play Game Gear games.
Out of the box the Pocket will play Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance carts. With adaptors (sold separately) it will not only accommodate Game Gear cartridges, but you’ll be able to play Atari Lynx and Neo Geo Pocket Color games too.
Best of all, this thing is slick looking. Loosely modelled after the Game Boy, this is a hot take on a classic handheld. In all black or all white it is modern and classy as hell.
Sporting a 3.5 inch LCD screen with 1600×1440 resolution, stereo speakers, 3.5 inch headphone jack, a rechargeable battery via USB-C, SD slot and mappable buttons, the Analogue Pocket is versatile. Furthermore, it comes with a ‘Switch-style’ dock that allows you to play on your TV. Wireless 8BitDo controllers can be paired too.
There are other features. Units will come loaded with Nanoloop. A synth/sequencer for creating your own musical 8-Bit masterpieces. Developers will also be able to get hands-on with access to Analogue’s proprietary hardware and scalers.
It’s worth noting that this product is still in development, so design and specs are liable to change. Priced at $199.00 the Analogue Pocket is due to ship some time in 2020. Please be available in the UK.
More information available at analogue.co/pocket.