As the video game industry rapidly moves forward, many fans are looking back to the consoles and games of yore with a new appreciation for their style and game library. Sure, the new generation is full of breathtaking AAA titles with solid gameplay, but some of the personality and simple fun we had on these old devices is hard to replicate. Analogue is a video game hardware manufacturer dedicated to capturing this nostalgia, giving fans sleek and modern options to play old-school games how they were meant to be played. When the Analogue Pocket was released in 2019, an FPGA-based handheld (meaning you can reprogram the chip), it was widely celebrated as one of the best retro gaming handhelds on the market. Now, Analogue has announced a glow-in-the-dark version of the Pocket, and it’s looking like a glowing success.
The star of the show here is obviously the green glow-in-the-dark enclosure. This funky case is made of high-quality photo-luminescent plastic engineered with phosphorescent compounds. These compounds have the ability to absorb and store ambient light, and when it gets dark, they gradually release the energy, creating a distinctive, almost starry glow that lasts for up to 8 hours when fully charged with light.
As for the compatibility of the handheld, it’s capable of running 2,780+ Game Boy, Game Boy Color & Game Boy Advance game cartridges, and it even comes with a built-in synth and sequencer so you can make your own boss music when inspiration strikes. Cartridge adapters for other handhelds, including the Sega Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket Color, and Atari Lynx, are also compatible with the Analogue Pocket.
The Analogue Pocket Glow will go live on Analogue’s site on September 1st at 8 a.m. and retail for $250 when it drops, with shipping slated to begin on September 5th. The label is warning customers that it’s only available in “highly limited quantities,” so you may want to get ready to go early in the morning when release day comes.