Hotly anticipated and visually stunning retro handheld, the Analogue Pocket, is facing yet another delay.
Capable of playing a bunch of classic Nintendo games (and others) without software emulation, the Analogue Pocket matches sharp lines with retro practicality. For the uninitiated, the Analogue Pocket can play genuine cartridges for:
- Game Boy
- Game Boy Color
- Game Boy Advance
With cartridge adapters, the Analogue Pocket will also play games for:
- Game Gear
- Neo Geo Pocket Color
- Atari Lynx
But if you’ve been holding on for one of these gorgeous devices expecting a May release, you’ll be disappointed.
In an announcement on the Analogue support pages, the company notes:
Pocket is delayed and shipping in October 2021.
The current global state of affairs continues to create supply chain challenges outside of our control.
There have been sudden and severe electrical component shortages as well as logistical issues leading to a domino effect of challenges for nearly everyone in the industry.
We’re working hard to get Pocket out as fast as possible and we appreciate your understanding and patience.
Meanwhile, pre-order buyers should have been emailed about the status of their order. The delay is adds to the initial hold up of an expected 2020 launch, and is a further five months on the intended May 2021 release . If you’re wondering about the “logistical issues” mentioned, consider the blockage of the Suez Canal in late March. The component shortage, meanwhile, is widely discussed on tech sites, referring of course to the issues facing the semiconductor industry.
At this stage there is no information as to whether the Analogue Pocket hold up will impact other forthcoming Analogue products.
Gaming since 1984, retro gaming since 2004. Contributes to Linux Format magazine and MakeUseOf.com.