It started out as something between an April Fool’s joke and a product interest test, but like a lot of April Fool’s jokes these days, it soon became a real thing. Or, at least, the company behind it is trying to make it a thing. Hyperkin, a gaming peripherals company, floated out the above product design for an iPhone-friendly device to bring new life to old Nintendo Game Boy games. Turns out, everyone loved the idea, and now Hyperkin is going to bring the Smart Boy iPhone case to life, or at least try to.
Now, I’m sure Nintendo can shut this down at any time, since it requires using actual Game Boy carts to power the gaming portion of the device, but I kind of hope they don’t. I have a bunch of old first-generation Game Boy games, and I’d love to play them again now that my original Game Boy has kind of given up the ghost. I know there are a lot of ways to play old games, both legal, illegal, and quasi-legal, but I would really love to see something revive the old video game market, and to turn a touchscreen phone into a legitimate, button-mashing game rather than something with mediocre touchscreen buttons.
Still, as cool of an idea as it is, I get the feeling that Apple and Nintendo won’t be so keen on letting this happen. Apple is notoriously tight with their approvals, and Nintendo is launching a line of touchscreen phone games in the near future, so they might not want to compete with themselves. Then again, maybe all three parties can come together and really make us all happy.Technorati Tags: Game Boy, game boy attachment for iphone, hyperkin, hyperkin smart boy, hyperkin smartboy, iphone, nintendo, nintendo game boy, portable video games, turn your iphone into a game boy, video games