Dear Mum: please buy me this handheld Super Nintendo for my birthday. Thanks!

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supaboy.JPGForget the 3DS; the Super Nintendo remains, my favourite Nintendo game console ever, as well as the first I could truly call my own after playing for years on my older brother’s Amiga 500. I’d fire up Super Mario World and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and become totally engrossed in the sprite-based graphics and quality gameplay. I believe owning that console is the formative reasoning behind my getting into games journalism and, by extension, tech journalism too. I owe you my livlihood, my trusty old Ninty!

So you can imagine my joy when the SupaBoy, a handheld Super Nintendo console popped up in my inbox today.

Set only for a North American release at the moment (but compatible with both North American and Japanese cartridges), it features a built in LCD screen, TV output and multiplayer using original SNES controllers. A 5.5 hour rechargeable battery life should be enough for a few speed runs through Donkey Kong Country!

Expected to retail for between $60 and $70, it’ll hit the Hyperkin store in the summer. I’m saving the pennies already.

Gerald Lynch

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