The stop-start nature of the Analogue Pocket has switched back into first gear this week, with devices shipping to the first pre-order customers. Meanwhile, a new round of pre-orders is set to open tomorrow, December 14th.
The Game Boy-esque top-end handset is a desirable product, originally costing $200 but the second run will be available for the higher $219. The D-pad and four buttons are joined by shoulder buttons and a special Analogue button that enables extra functionality. Thanks to FPGA, the Analogue Pocket runs Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance titles natively, while a $30 adapter adds Sega Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket, Atari Lynx, and TurboGrafx-16 games compatibility.
Analogue Pocket Reviews
But is it any good? Well, the first reviews of the Analogue Pocket have started to come in.
- The Verge has rated Analogue Pocket 9
- CNet awarded the Analogue Pocket 7.5
- Eurogamer called it “the ultimate retro handheld”
All reviews are complimentary about the display and controls, as well as that all important retro gaming experience.
We’ve so far been unable to grab a review unit, but as soon as we can you’ll know about it. Those reviews are extremely encouraging.
Perhaps you’ll join us in the queue when Analogue Pocket orders open…
Gaming since 1984, retro gaming since 2004. Contributes to Linux Format magazine and MakeUseOf.com.