The Game Boy is back! Iconic games console set to be released in 2018

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If you are of a certain age, you will remember long car journeys spent trying to arrange free-falling shapes into lines in the hope that you would get to see that forever elusive rocket launch graphic… happy days!

The sepia-toned portable games console, the Game Boy looks to be making a reappearance in 2018.

Hyperkin, a peripherals company has revealed a remake of the 28-year-old Game Boy this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

And the company says it’s bringing it out this year.

The new device is dubbed the “Ultra Game Boy”, is said to come with some significant improvements on the original.

It will charge via USB, so no need to worry about AA batteries and it will come with a backlight meaning that you can stay up all night playing when other family members, presumably your kids, think you have gone to bed.

It will cost around $100 (THB3,200) according to Gizmodo and is expected to be launched in the summer.

It won’t come with any built-in games so you will need to route through your attic or visit eBay if you want to play Super Mario Land for the original cartridges.

Of course, given the monumental success of Nintendo’s official retro remakes (the NES and SNES mini consoles) over the last couple of years, it’s not hard to predict the Japanese company watching with interest.

Naturally, this has led to speculation regarding other retro devices such as a mini N64 and Nintendo may also try to resurrect the original Game Boy.

It appears that retro is the way to go if the success of the Nokia 3310 last year is anything to go by.

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