Wish you could live every day like it was 1998? With this upcoming iPhone add-on, you can!
What started as an April Fool’s joke turned into something much more awesome, to the delight of gamers and ’90s babies across the world.
Video game accessory company Hyperkin released a Facebook post on March 31st that presented the Smart Boy to the world. As you can see in the images, the concept art for this device shows a gadget that can attach to the iPhone 6 Plus and thus turn the smartphone into a Game Boy Color, compatible with original Game Boy games.
According to Hyperkin’s Facebook page,
“A lot of you were speculating that the Smart Boy is an April Fools’ Joke. Well, it sort of was. We ‘leaked’ it with the initial intent of testing the market, seeing whether or not it should be something we’d actually make, under the guise of an April Fools’ Joke.
Looks like you awesome folks ACTUALLY WANT IT, so the Smart Boy is now in development! Thank you all for your enthusiastic responses!”
The prank, however, ended up being so popular that the company went on to announce that they will actually start manufacturing the product. Still in development, the Smart Boy will initially be made only for the iPhone 6 Plus, but it will eventually be available for others models and brands of smartphones if successful.
Critics of the project argue that Hyperkin will waste too much money creating an add-on that will soon become obsolete due to constantly-changing iPhone designs. Others say that since retro phone cases and also apps already exist for playing Game Boy games on phones, this will just be an unnecessary expense.
But for those of us in support of the new toy, the Smart Boy couldn’t go on sale soon enough!
Wish you could relive the glory days of Game Boy Color? Now you can… On your iPhone! Learn how here!