The Hyperkin SmartBoy may have started life as an April Fool's joke but later this year it will become reality when it hits retail in the U.S. and South Korea.

Hyperkin has announced that the device - which is designed to function with Samsung phones which feature a USB-Type C connection, like the recently-released Galaxy S8 - will arrive later this year with a $50 price tag. It accepts Game Boy and Game Boy Color games from any region and does not require any additional power.

Last year, Hyperkin appealed to developers to assist in bringing the device to market before releasing a promo video to capitalise on the popularity of Pokémon GO.

Here's the official PR:

Hyperkin, a video game hardware development company from Los Angeles, has announced it will be releasing the SmartBoy through the Samsung Mobile Accessory Partnership Program (SMAPP) to the U.S. and Korean market. Originally a development kit in late 2016, the SmartBoy attaches to Android smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S8, turning your smartphone into a handheld gaming device. Hyperkin is aiming for a Q2 or Q3 release with an MSRP of $49.99.

The SmartBoy is compatible with actual NTSC/PAL Game Boy and Game Boy Color cartridges, while sporting a classic-style tactile button set, making the SmartBoy look and feel like a real handheld gaming console. The SmartBoy is compatible with other apps and games, including Game Boy Advance apps from Google Play; configuration for such apps may vary. Out of the box, the SmartBoy was designed for current-gen Samsung devices with USB Type-C ports, like the Samsung Galaxy S8 - other Android device compatibility may vary. Hyperkin Product Developer, Chris Gallizzi, was ecstatic to learn his team's baby is now a retail-ready device officially licensed by Samsung.

”The SmartBoy has been about two years in the making - three if you count the months we were kicking around the idea," Gallizzi said. "From an April Fool's Joke, to a successful dev kit, and now an officially licensed device, that little guy has come a long way!"

Features:
• Compatible with NTSC/PAL cartridges
• Plays GB and GBC cartridges
• Classic-style tactile button set
• Designed for current-gen Samsung devices
• Phone Size: 5.2 - 6 inches
• Upscales to phone’s resolution
• USB Type-C port
• Does not require batteries

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