Analogue Pocket pre-orders have sold out astonishingly fast — every single unit of this retro console's first run was gone in fifteen minutes.
If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I covered the Analogue Pocket a ways back. This handheld gaming device is essentially like the Game Boy from the future. Considering the Game Boy came out in 1989, I guess this is a Game Boy from the future.
To start, it can play pretty much every single one of the thousands of Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance cartridges that have been released. Drop a few bucks on an adapter and you can play Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket, or Atari Lynx games, too.
Even the screen is a step up — the 3.5" LCD runs at a 1600x1440 resolution and can work equally well with color or black and white. Best of all, it comes with a backlight so there's no need to purchase a monstrosity lighting accessory and add a few pounds of extra weight. You don't even need to use the built-in screen — you can hook it up to your television along with a couple of USB controllers.
It sounds pretty damn cool and the $199.99 price tag was pretty reasonable. That's probably why Analogue Pocket pre-orders sold out in fifteen minutes.
Will There Be More Analogue Pocket Pre-Orders?
The popularity of this product was certainly understandable. If you missed out, you might be wondering if you can still get one. The good news is that you can, but the bad news is that we can't say for sure when that will be.
"[Analogue Pocket pre-orders] are sold out," stated a tweet from Analogue. "We will be producing more and do our best to meet demand during this unfortunate global state of affairs. [Sign up] at analogue.co/store to be notified by email when we are able to make Pocket + accessories available again."
This does seem like a pretty cool little product. If you have a stack of old Game Boy games that could use some love, this seems like a fine way to play them. Make sure you sign up at Analogue's website if you're interested in picking one of these bad boys up, and cross your fingers that you won't have to wait too long to put in a pre-order.,
What do you think of the Analogue Pocket? Do you like retro consoles that use actual cartridges or do you prefer an emulation solution? Let us know in the comments below!