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Hyperkin SupaBoy SNES Portable: 16-Bits to Go

by Paul Strauss

Hyperkin has released several ways to play retro games at home, including their RetroN, which can play games from NES, SNES and Genesis. But their handhelds have only played NES games. Now, they’ve take wraps of a new portable that can actually play real SNES cartridges.


The new SupaBoy portable will accept Super Nintendo cartridges for play on its built-in 3.5-inch LCD screen. The handheld will have a D-pad and gameplay buttons on its face, as well as shoulder buttons. It also has ports for full-size SNES controllers and video and audio out so you can play on a TV.


IGN reports that the SupaBoy will hit this Summer, and at this point will only play U.S. cartridges. However, the prototype clearly shows a Super Famicom cart in the photo below, and the Hyperkin guys themselves say they’ve tested some Japanese carts, so I think the limitation is just NTSC, not U.S. specific. PAL gamers are out of luck for now.


The SupaBoy currently weighs in at 11.5 ounces (plus batteries and cartridge), and battery life for the handheld is expected to be around 5 to 5-1/2 hours. These specs could change in the final model, though. Expect more information over on the Hyperkin website soon.

[via Gameinformer and Video Game Museum]

Comments (4):

  1. r4i 3ds says:

    Wowowo , this is actually pretty interesting , now…. regional free plus……. MGH ..? sounds good~

  2. ZanathKariashi says:

    Looking great and I hope it does retain the ability to play japanese imports. There weren’t really any PAL releases I’m aware of that couldn’t also be found in US and Japan.

    • Moogle says:

      There is a handful of titles that were released for the pal market but not the USA eg. english version of the rpg terranigma.

      Also, many consumers wish to play their existing carts on it so that rules out european and aus consumers.

  3. R4 says:

    While this is great (love the design) couldn’t we just play these games with the right emulators anyway? I mean, even the DS and the 3DS game snes emulators to play old retro games with cards like the r4 3ds like the one here:

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