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SupaBoy Is a Portable Super Nintendo for $80

Posted by James Newton

And it's out now

After last year's pleasing Retron2 console from Hyperkin, the manufacturer's back with a brand new toy: the SupaBoy.

A portable Super NES with a built-in 3.5" screen, the machine takes Super Nintendo and Super Famicom cartridges and features TV out and two controller ports, perfect for settling scores on Super Mario Kart. It also works with the Super Scope, Super Multitap and even the mouse for Mario Paint to boot.

It's available to buy from Amazon now.

Hyperkin will launch the highly anticipated SupaBoy Handheld Video Game Console December 1st, 2011 in time for the holiday shopping season. Equipped with a 3.5” screen, the SupaBoy is designed to look like an original SNES controller with a top loading port that plays original 16-bit SNES and Super Famicom cartridges.

The SupaBoy will play original SNES cartridges on a built-in 3.5” LCD screen and is designed to emulate an original SNES controller including a D-pad, face buttons, as well as right and left shoulder buttons. The SupaBoy also includes two front loading ports that are compatible with full-size SNES controllers and video/audio out, allowing up to two players to play the SupaBoy on a regular TV screen.

“There is definitely a nostalgia factor for the SupaBoy for the older generation of gamers who grew up with the Super Nintendo,” stated Leo Liang, Hyperkin’s National Sales Director. “Yet, at the same time, it introduces and exposes the new generation of gamers to this beloved console. Not only is it compatible with original SNES and Super Famicom cartridges, you can also run it through your television, plug two controllers in, and play with another person. The SupaBoy is a very cool, very fun product, and is a perfect Christmas gift for anyone who loves video games.”

SupaBoy will be compatible with multiple SNES titles including: Super Mario™ World, Starfox™, Donkey Kong™ Country, The Legend of Zelda™ A Link To The Past, Super Mario™ Kart, Chrono Trigger™ and others.

Original SNES controller design
Screen size (diagonal): 3.5 inches
2.5 Hours battery life
Measures: 8.5 x 4 x 1.5 inches
Weight: 11.5 ounces
Includes 2 Ports for wired controllers
Stereo sound
AV Out
Headphone jack
Adjustable volume control
Launch Date: December 1st
SRP: $79.99
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User Comments (58)



SLiM said:

Interesting. Great for anyone with a large SNES collection still.



misswliu81 said:

i think if you go on amazon or ebay, they should have old super nintendo games cartridges for sale which are used. you can get them for a couple of bob.

avoid getting the new copies, instead of the used ones if you can because they will set you back a lot of money. i saw LoZ: link to the past for almost £400, brand new!



Ryno said:

Oh Shizzle!!! I am not a big portable gamer but Damn Gina, a portable SNES to play on lunch breaks? I think I need this.



DF2506 said:

drools Would love to have this. I still have ALL of my SNES games (including Earthbound, which isn't on the Virtual Console!!). Just don't have the money for it. sigh Def. have to put this on my "wish list" though. lol.



Burning_Spear said:

What does this mean?
"SupaBoy will be compatible with multiple SNES titles including: Super Mario™ World, Starfox™ ..."
I'm wondering how many games it will not be compatible with.



misswliu81 said:


it didn't say. however, one person, who reviewed it on amazon mentioned that one of the games he tested which worked on the supaboy was starfox.... and starfox did have the super FX chip built in the original SNES cartridge.



Ryno said:

Oh good it has a headphone jack. That woudl be awful to hear the great SNES music through that mini speaker.

@pntjr: SupaBoy will be compatible with multiple SNES titles including: Super Mario™ World, Starfox™, Donkey Kong™ Country, The Legend of Zelda™ A Link To The Past, Super Mario™ Kart, Chrono Trigger™ and others.



Popyman said:

Wow, that actually seems like a reasonable price! If I had an Earthbound cart I would totally buy this.



GreatCrippler said:

Played with one months ago. A Demo unit at a local game shop. Poor construction, and bulky as heck. The shoulder buttons aren't great either.



arnpoly said:

I just looked at the link in the article for the Retron3 and I noticed you could turn the SupaBoy into a Game Boy using the Super Game Boy. =)



DiggerandIndy said:

So buy. All Hyperkin needs to do is make a new NES game-playing portable system with controller ports and they'd REALLY make headwaves!



Tasuki said:

Now is this a clone system or does it use original SNES parts like that portable NES that was in the other article?



JGMR said:

@Tasuki Good question. Nobody wants to settle with something less than the incredibly sophisticated SPC 700 sound I guess...



Skotski said:

This would be an awesome oddball gift for someone on Christmas day...
.......if I had $80 to spare.... and only one person to gift to.
Sadly, I'm gifting for two families, and I'd barely have even $20 per person.



TeeJay said:

WHAT. An affordable portable version of my favorite Nintendo console ever?! I'd totally get this first chance I get!



gojiguy said:

IT should take any import games. on the SNES only a small piece of plastic prevented playing import games.

More importantly, is this thing sturdy? If so, I'm in.



tanookisuit said:

I know a few people who have it, some have already sent it back. I wanted one but I'm going to wait on a repair or revision of it. The audio has this horrible constant interference sound effect going through it once it's turned on(if not muted) the entire time. Other than that, it possibly(I need to look more) won't run various chipped games like the SA1 stuff (MarioRPG, Kirbys Super Star and Dreamland 3 for instance.)



joevox316 said:

Well, seeing as how numerous reviews have stated the Retron ERASES old save files in many games I am a bit wary of buying this. It looks awesome though.



Aerona said:

Does it really not work with European games? I've been wanting to try Terranigma.



SMBSS said:

The SFC version of Terranigma will work, that 2.5 hours of battery kind sucks though



Lobster said:

As much as I want this I think I'll sit this one out, at least until a newer, better version comes out. We're setting up a media room in the basement anyway, and going to connect up all our consoles at once, SNES included.



coolvw93 said:

i would definately get one of these. Then i can play Star Fox and Super Mario Allstars all the time!
I wonder how Mario Paint would work on this.............



Tasuki said:

Any chance of a review of this from Nintendo Life? I am interested in it but I would like to hear from someone I trust as to whether its worth it or not and if this is a clone system.



Aerona said:

Yeah, I'm not sure. It sounds good, except for the battery life, but this is the first I've heard of it.



TheN64Dude said:

Oh, that's great because I sold all my SNES games for a 3DS when I found out they can be downloaded to Virtual Console



Chris720 said:

The 3DS has better battery life!

Hmm... I'd so buy one, but I doubt I'd have enough money to afford the console and games. I think I'll pass.



NESguy94 said:

It takes super Famicom and Super Nintendo Carts. It supports the FX chip first and 3rd party controllers and all peripherals. If you have SNES or Super Famicom carts and you want to take them with you this will work.



retro_player_22 said:

2.5 battery life? Sorry unless it comes with a battery charger I'm not buying it, hopefully future models could improve on this with longer battery lifespan (around 7-10 hours is best) and a rechargeable battery pack for the unit. Now if it's like that then damn I would gladly buy it but for now it's an interesting product, it's just not a worthwhile one yet for me to buy. A portable SNES handheld is an interesting idea though, back in the 90s we got a portable Genesis and TG-16 but never a SNES until now.



zeeroid said:

I would LOVE this. Unfortunately, I don't have a whole lot of SNES carts in the first place, but man what I'd give to play a few of those games on-the-go. Super Mario RPG, Super Mario World, and Tetris Attack, especially.



chiefeagle02 said:

Is there an AC Adapter for it? In my experience, there have been Mario Kart sessions lasting longer than 2.5 hours, which is the promised battery life. Also, any word on what batteries this will take?

Other than that, it looks like a neat little machine. Kudos to Hyperkin!



StarDust4Ever said:

I'm definitely getting this.Ben waiting for one for a while. I hope Corbie posts a SupaBoy review.



StarDust4Ever said:

@milkman12: It supports everything the original SNES supported, which unfortunately does not include NES games. Get the Hyperkin FC Mobile II if you want a decent handheld NES.

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