Several tech startups have tried to develop a nostalgia-inducing spin on the classic Game Boy, but we’re yet to see anything quite like the new Arduboy Mini. Measuring in at about the size of a Wheat Thin, this innovative console comes courtesy of creator Kevin Bates.
Moreover, Bates’ original Arduboy garnered major headlines upon its initial release, serving as one of the introductory models that conjured up the retro handheld renaissance, further made famous by brands like Analogue and Vapor 95. And while the gadgeteer’s latest project is much smaller than the original, it is surprisingly just as powerful. The 8-bit console is primarily based around a perplexingly tiny 128×64 OLED screen with a traditional D-pad and two-button setup. Moreover, you can use these two elements to peruse a library of over 300 old-school games.
It’s worth noting the Arduoby Mini doesn’t include a built-in speaker or battery, as the Kickstarter campaign claims that it can be powered up using a USB-C-powered portable battery. Undoubtedly, the first thing that comes to mind when eyeing a gizmo like this is something like “Game Boy! It’s just like a Game Boy!” it’s hard to imagine Nintendo having conjured up a device so small in stature. That said, think of the Arduoboy Mini as more of a new-age, cyberpunk configuration of the Tamagotchi, the pocketable three-button handheld game that took over the ’90s. While it’s more functional and unique across the board, the device still shows that we’re willing to immerse in games no matter how big the screen is.
Having recently shattered its Kickstarter goal by over $30,000, the Arduboy Mini can officially be yours for a minimum pledge of $29. Expect it to arrive in June.