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Analogue Pocket Pre-Orders Sold Out: Sign Up For Restock Notifications

The Analogue Pocket is the company's FPGA-based handheld that plays games from the Game Boy, Game Boy Colour, Game Boy Advance, and more.

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Announced last year, the Analogue Pocket finally has a release date: The handheld will start shipping in May 2021. Analogue's FPGA-based handheld is capable of playing games from several libraries, including the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance. The Analogue Pocket is $200 USD and comes in both white and black, while the Analogue Dock is $99.

Pre-orders went live today (August 3) but sold out extremely fast. You can sign up now at Analogue to be notified when the Pocket and its accessories become available again. Beware: Scalpers are already selling the Analogue Pocket for ridiculous prices at places like Ebay. You're better off waiting for the restock.

The Analogue Pocket boasts a 4300mAh battery that allows for 6 to 10 hours of play time (or 10+ hours of sleep time). It can be put into sleep mode and awakened by pressing the power button. This allows you to pause your games whenever you like and resume them as such--no GBA Sleep Mode compatibility required.

The Analogue Pocket also features "Original Display Modes" that make the Pocket's display look like the original handhelds. This makes it so you can play Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games as if you were playing on the original hardware, with the aspect ratio and green glow intact.

The Analogue Pocket is also capable of being docked into a separate device that allows you to play your portable games on a TV. The Dock supports up to four controllers via Bluetooth, 2.4GHz wireless, and USB. The Pocket is also capable of link-cable multiplayer, similar to the original handhelds, though you will need a cable that's sold separately.

Analogue also revealed some new accessories, including a transparent hard case, a tempered glass screen protector, a USB-C power supply, and cartridge adapters for Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket Color, and Atari Lynx. While you can buy a screen protector, the Analogue Pocket's display is made of Gorilla Glass, which produces a screen that's about three times the thickness of most smartphones.

Since its reveal, both the Analogue Pocket and Dock have received a small design change. On the Pocket itself, the start, select, and home buttons have been moved to the low-center of the handheld. The Dock's USB-C connection port has also been recessed to increase the Pocket's stability.

The Analogue Pocket is only the latest system to make playing the games of our past easier--check out our guide to retro gaming for the best consoles and accessories for playing classic games.

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This sounds awesome, EXCEPT will it work without a battery installed? No chance I’m buying it unless it works without a battery installed. Otherwise I’ll brick within years, just like switch and vita.

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Raspberry pi, half the price and plays far more.

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Being overpriced is one thing, finding those retro carts to play on it is the real challenge.

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@jyml8582: Who needs carts when you can have delicious pi, and get every incarnation of Game Boy games.

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To be honest, I think 200 dollars is a bit expensive.

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@epal: a bit? ^^

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Nah I’m good. I can build something similar to one of these for half the price.

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I cant say that I'm THAT encouraged to dig up my old GB carts to pay 200 bucks to play them.

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Ahh no thanks as long as things like the Asus Rog 1,2,3 exist this device will never be the same.

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That is awesome. WANT. Though I do get by prettt well with my 8bitdo NES Controller and ROMs on my phone. Still, I really like the look of this device. Can anyone explain to me how this is (for lack of a better word) ..possible? Just curious how the relationship with Nintendo and Sega works. :)

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@climhazard5 said:

That is awesome. WANT. Though I do get by prettt well with my 8bitdo NES Controller and ROMs on my phone. Still, I really like the look of this device. Can anyone explain to me how this is (for lack of a better word) ..possible? Just curious how the relationship with Nintendo and Sega works. :)

I don't think you require permission to make a device that can play the games. Its not like you're making games for their system or having games made for your device.

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That could have been the slickest waste of plastic I've ever seen, shame that FPGA logo craps all over the lower left corner. That said, that Earthbound ripoff thing they advertise it with looks cool. It has got some Dark Seed/Majora's Mask in there. Whatever the case, commendations on the beautiful screen. 👏🐍

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Gamespot, you suck for posting this, now those of us in the know need to compete with the common plebs for units..

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@theguyskt: you can have mine buddy, not spending 200 trumps in this thing. This is too expensive for what it is, especially now that people will be saving money to get PS5/Xbox.

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Tempted?

If I have the cash next week, I'll preorder one.

The fact people can develop custom games for it, and the dock allowing for play on the big screen is awesome.

I've wanted one for a while, but not sure I'll have the room in my budget.

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$200.... I already made my own with a raspberry pi zero for 70

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@Terrorantula: which uses emulation, and can’t actually play these games.

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Personally, I would have preferred TG16 compatibility to Lynx, but hey, you can't have everything.

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@BlueFlameBat: Huh, yeah, that's an interesting point. Maybe Analog will consider an attachment in the future, given the TurboExpress is a legitimate handheld. I'm really happy about Lynx compatibility, though. Almost all the games are still cheap to buy, and there are a number of must-plays. My Lynx II is great and still holds up, but it's too damn big.

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@malachi_27: technically Genesis should count too? 😁

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@wolfpup7: By my logic, yes, that's about right. But speaking pragmatically, no. :P

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$200 is reasonable for all the handheld can do. The Analogue Pocket has a large list of features even music studio software so definitely not overpriced.

Analogue makes good premium stuff that comes with a premium price for serious collectors.

IMO Nintendo Switch is overpriced.

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@systemoverload said:

$200 is reasonable for all the handheld can do.

Analogue makes goods stuff.

I thought it was to much.

I would add this to the collection, but I already have the handhelds in question. $200 seems a bit steep.

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They would sell like hotcakes if they weren't priced so high.

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$200 and it doesn't include Bluetooth for headphone connectivity???

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You know, I usually don't care for these Analogue things (They're above my pay grade if you know what I mean), but this one looks really interesting. Usually if you want a good Game Boy screen, you've got to shell out for a 101, of which there are few.

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I'm really tempted to get this, but I also want one of the big consoles this fall. Guess it's time to sell some plasma...

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@lionheartssj1: Ah man that cracked me up. That's how I funded my gaming back when I was in high school haha.

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That is completely overpriced.

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