Nothing quite screams “I’m a 90’s Kid” more than transparent tech. Back then, everyone in the tech industry was releasing new devices in a variety of transparent-colored shells, with Nintendo being no exception to that rule. Whether it was the amazing “Atomic Purple” Game Boy Color console or the “Extreme Green” Nintendo 64 controllers, these brightly colored consoles and accessories are etched into my memory for all time. Now, over 25 years later, Analogue, the company known for its premium, albeit expensive, collection of FPGA gaming devices, has announced that the Analogue Pocket will be receiving seven transparent Limited Editions, which are expected to be extremely limited and even more desired by fans. This comes just weeks after a Glow-in-the-Dark version of the handheld sold out in seconds on their website.
The upcoming devices will be available in seven varieties, including Clear, Smoke, Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, and Red, and will retail for $249.99. While this may seem like a hefty price tag, Analogue is undeniably the leader in this niche market. If you’re hoping to get your hands on one of these limited editions, they are set to be released this Friday, September 29th, at 8:00 AM PT. Keep in mind that these will likely sell out within minutes of being made available, so act fast!
For those who may be unfamiliar with the Analogue Pocket, this FPGA device (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) offers the capability to play your physical Game Boy and Game Boy Advance cartridges right out of the box. It also has the versatility to play other physical handheld games such as Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket Color, and TurboGrafx-16 with an optional adapter. But why is FPGA so desirable? Simply, FPGA uses something called an integrated circuit, that allows developers like Analogue to physically program the chip to emulate the circuitry of classic gaming consoles. That typically equals better performance, and compatibility for all of you classic games. As an Analogue Pocket owner myself, I can tell you that I have yet to find a single pixel or sound effect out of place in all of my favorite games, and for me, that’s worth the price of admission alone. For more information, check out the video from Video Game Esoterica below.
If you’re not inclined to play physical games, you have the option to install a wide array of FPGA Cores, allowing you to enjoy a vast selection of ROMs. However, with a price point of $249.99, this device is typically targeted at aimed at handheld gaming purists seeking the best quality and experience available. Is that you? If so, see you in line on Thursday.Leave a Comment