SNES Handheld Bliss Has a Price

It looks like the world is a step closer to Super Nintendo euphoria!  Hyperkin has just posted preliminary product details and a price for their new Super Nintendo handheld:  The SupaBoy.

It’s looking like retail price will be $79.99.   Not bad if you consider you’re getting both a handheld and a home console in one.  Both their NES handheld FC Mobile II and their Sega Genesis handheld Gen Mobile are priced at $59.99, so that’s certainly in the same ballpark.  We’ll see if the price comes down over time to match those units’ pricing.

When I interviewed Sergio at Hyperkin a couple weeks ago, this new handheld announcement was in prototype form.  Hyperkin’s posting pricing information seems to be a positive sign that things are moving forward.

They’ve posted some specifications that carry the following disclaimer “The following details were gathered by testing a prototype. Hyperkin does not guarantee the following features.” Even the photo currently posted by Hyperkin is watermarked “PROTOTYPE.”

From Hyperkin’s description:

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
    3. PAL (Europe) cartridges are untested

Whether it be on an iPhone, a PSP, or a new 3DS, it’s obvious that handheld gaming is at an all time high.  It’ll be interesting to see how such a gaming climate treats the newest kid on the block: The SupaBoy.  My feeling is that the retro gaming and collecting world seems to be in for a treat.  Naturally, this is a niche item, but I for one can’t wait to get my hands on it.  Heck, I’m still amazed that Hyperkin is dedicated enough to the retro scene to develop systems like this.