Hyperkin, who sells third-party gaming accessories and various retro game devices (like the RetroN3, a combination NES/SNES/Genesis) announced its next product at the Midwest Gaming Classic last month: the SupaBoy, a portable SNES console that works with real SNES cartridges. It's shaped like a controller, but it also has two controller ports, so you can play while you play.
Sure, all the morning's news may have been surrounding a vowel-augmented console from Nintendo, the Wii U, but a certain other Nintendo console that has fewer vowels is also seeing some well-deserved love here at E3 2011. It's the classic SNES, and its been reborn as the SupaBoy, courtesy of Hyperkin. It's a handheld version of the console that's basically intended to fulfill a gamers' desire for portable classic gaming but without having to ask for advice in the Ben Heck Forums. Click on through for some impressions of this handheld wunderconsole.
Direct from Hyperkin (makers of gaming accessories) is a new handheld gaming system called the SupaBoy which is shaped like an SNES controller and plays original 16-bit SNES games with the help of their 3.5" screen. Also included are two front-loading ports, which are compatible with regular SNES controllers and allow up to two people to play a game on their TV.
And no, don't make a Game Boy Advance joke, you smart-ass. Hyperkin's Supaboy is an upcoming handheld unit that's actually a Super Nintendo. Like, you have to insert Super Nintendo cartridges to play it.
Nintendo 3DS users will soon have another way to extend their system's notoriously limited battery life, thanks to Hyperkin's new 3DS Powerplus. Slated for release this summer, the 2.2-ounce accessory slips on to the back of the console without obstructing the 3DS' cartridge port, SD card and game controls, while adding an extra 1800mAh to the device's standard 1300mAh battery.
As we all know by now, the Nintendo 3DS is not known for having a long battery life. When stacked up against its earlier brethren (DS Lite and DSi) – the 3DS doesn't stand a chance. This is due to the fact that having to output stereoscopic 3D requires more processing power, especially when you're playing a game. Now we know we can extend the battery life by turning down the 3D effect – but then what's the point of getting the 3DS in the first place?
Yet another gaming peripheral manufacturer is getting into the 3DS battery life extension racket -- following in the footsteps of Nyko's Power Pak+, Hyperkin is planning to release a 3DS attachment this summer which promises to double the lifespan of the handheld. The battery, which attaches to the bottom of the device, also includes an improved grip and an LED indicator to show how much longer you can get your Nintendogs on before you need to recharge.
Hyperkin is preparing a new 3DS battery extender for release very shortly that will allow you to enjoy the 3D effects on your 3DS for longer than the manufacturers 3-5 hour limit, promising to double the life of the 3DS battery.
With the PSN finally back up, it's time for important things -- you know, messaging your buds for a Black Ops pwning spree or hitting up Netflix. Hyperkin's Remotext for PS3 wants to help you get back into action with its hybrid remote / controller / chatpad. It features a slide-out Blu-ray remote panel, QWERTY keypad -- better positioned than SONY's offering -- and two analog nubs with a near-complete set of gaming controls.
Fans of texting and gaming on the PlayStation 3 will be happy to know that they no longer have to use the onscreen keyboard while chatting on the console. Hyperkin has announced its upcoming PS3 controller that will be unveiled at this year's E3. Called the PS3 Remotext, this controller basically combines the functionality of a PS3 gaming controller with a QWERTY keyboard and a Blue-ray player remote control.