Have you ever wanted a comprehensive set of productive apps for the original Game Boy? Then this Kickstarter might be for you. Introducing the Game Boy Productivity Suite... an "all-in-one" cartridge with apps like a clock, a note pad, and a calculator. It apparently offers a level of "privacy and security" that modern technology simply cannot compete with.
Yes, it's all a bit of a joke, but the project has already well and truly surpassed its goal of $2,000 Canadian dollars and is estimated to be released around April next year. If you do decide to show your support, the backer tiers start off at $10 for a digital copy of the calculator app, and beyond this, you can make pledges to receive a physical version.
"Today's professionals and academics on the go need the right tools to succeed in this economy. Never before have so many time saving tools been offered in one place like the GB Productivity Suite. If you're looking for the edge you need to get ahead of the competition and get noticed, look no further."
Some of the stretch goals include international localisation and a to-do list application (both of these have already been funded). If support continues there's a "paper weight" app and "Super GamePak Enhanced" goal to reach. At the time of writing, the Kickstarter project has 36 days to go and has raised just over $4,000. Learn more over on the Kickstarter page.
Have you ever wanted something like a productivity suite for your Game Boy? Leave a comment down below.
Really coulda used this 30 years ago
@Fiyaball Why not?!? But yeah, mostly just "why?"
I think it is cool. I think they made it to amuse me
"Yo, what's the time?"
"Hold on, let me pop in my GB Clock cartridge."
finishes Pokémon battle
removes Pokémon Yellow cartridge
searches for GB Clock cartridge
"Sometime today would be nice!"
"Oh, sorry, sorry. It's right..."
inserts GB Clock cartridge
boots up Game Boy
"The internal battery has run dry."
goes to the store to purchase replacement battery
returns from store
boots up Game Boy
"The time is 00:00."
And this unbeatable convenience is all yours for just $50! (plus shipping)
Well we already have calculators for the Switch...
It’s the journey though, right?
@ChromaticDracula : I didn't even know what I was building up to. The punchline wrote itself.
Starting to think people are taking advantage of those who like retro a bit too much..
Cheap? Probably not.
Insanely cool? Yes.
Just what we needed. Is there a keyboard add-on to write on notepad?
Is this an out of season April fools joke?
@Fiyaball Why do anything? #nihilism
I'm pretty sure these already exist as homebrew....but that's brilliant. I should refresh my Assembly and put some dumb rom ideas on kickstarter, apparently. 2k USD is like 14k USD of purchasing power here - half a year's salary for most people.
A part of me gets very cynical because of this, it's a small part.. I mainly just love silly things like this!! 😂😁
This is awesome, but something very similar was released in the early '90s.
I'd be so disappointed if my grandma got me this for Christmas.
Kickstarter = scams
I will never understand the desire to make new things for archaic and obsolete hardware. It's like making a modern Abacus. There is nothing you can do to make it useful or necessary again, so why waste your time? Colossally useless.
@flightsaber but this is 2k CAD!
@Chamver that attitude is why we can’t get Switch ports 😥
@Chamver People seem to be going for this whole "retro" thing right now for whatever reason, so if there's a market for it, I really can't fault someone for exploiting it.
I don’t know if it ever saw release, but I definitely remember reading in Nintendo Power about someone doing exactly this for the Game Boy. At the time I thought it was an interesting idea, but who would actually want this on a handheld device? Womp womp.
“You made me giggle for a second. Here, have some of my money.” - Humans 2021
If they add Game Boy Printer support I might be interested.
Finally after 22 years, our Game Boy can exceed the build in Time and Date functionality of the Neo Geo Pocket!
Have they received their cease and desist from Nintendo yet?
Yesterday i have installed office on Win 3.11 (on Dosbox) to see how it was and messed around with Excel.
Also had to research a while to find how to make it work, since it required a Share.exe (you can find a File called Noshare on old Sites as a Workaround).
It is just Fun to mess around with old Stuff
Why does this even exist? I mean and not to mention how late it is. I grew up in the 90s and you would look at you watch for the time, now you look at your phone. The calculator part probably would have been the most useful part of it. I feel like even in its time this wouldn't have sold. I mean it's cool, but it's unnecessary and tbh not worth the over $2000 they raised for it.
People forgetting this was something one company actually planned in the Game Boy's original lifetime.
@GiantEnemyCrab Before PDAs, if they even existed yet, would've been a cheaper solution to that.
Nintendo's Game Boy Player's Guide (which gave strategies to many games but also a review to every game available as of about mid-1991) reviewed a handful of non-game programs called the InfoGenius series, such as like a spell checker and Spanish and French dictionaries.
So there was certainly SOME idea at the time to utilize Game Boy for non-gaming purposes.
@kingmike THAT was where I saw it! Thank you.
Pokemon Diamond has a clock and a calculator do you need this for a system that's no longer made
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