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January 13, 2018 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Why is Nintendo's Game Boy patent update not effecting all clone manufacturers equally?

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I read the Retro-Bit clone is on hold in response to a Nintendo patent update, while Hyperkin is lauded for their upcoming Game Boy clone.
Hyperkin's Ultra Game Boy seems to be flourishing at the 2018 CES show, while I read Retro-Bit is putting production of their Super Retro Boy on hold to avoid conflict with Nintendo's recent patent update on Gameboy. I don't get it. Perhaps I'm misunderstanding or lacking some info, but I'd love some clarification on the Retro-bit clone. I would think any legal concerns, prompted by Nintendo's actions, would effect both company's product releases.

Both of these Game Boy clones have tremendous, yet different appeal. Articles seem to be split on whether Retro-bit's Super Retro Boy in on hold or not. Most recently, there has been a lot of reporting about their R-Type Returns project and upcoming line of SEGA-related products. I hope they can find a way to bring their Game Boy clone to market.

Hyperkin Ultra Game Boy Showing off at CES, Hyperkin's Ultra Game Boy features an aluminum case and a backlit monochrome display. As I understand it, the unit plays Game Boy cartridges, but it also caters to musicians in a most unique manner. I've read it will have an SD card slot - NOT for ROMS - to export chiptune music!

The Game Boy in renown among the consoles-are-instruments musicians. Hyperkin is even working with the devs behind Little Sound DJ to include composing software... built in! The device also boasts stereo sound output and a price around $100. Hyperkin says it also supports Game Boy Color games, but not the GBC color pallet... interesting.
Retro-Bit Super Retro Boy Retro-Bit Super Retro Boy expands the gaming options with support for Gameboy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance while still retaining the Game Boy look and feel. I hope they can find a way to release this version - I love GBA games and it was to be priced around $80!

I'm excited for both of these Game Boy options - including some form of Game Boy Classic Edition mini console from Nintendo themselves. However, the idea of multiple platforms combined on the Super Retro Boy and the chiptune capability with Hyperkin's version, makes me want them both. Still I wonder about the disparity between these two companies and one holding off while the other displays at CES.

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