New SNES handheld emulator coming this summer

Is the mediocre launch lineup for the Nintendo 3DS bringing you down? Perhaps you’d be better off replaying the best-of-the-best from Nintendo’s 16-bit era with the SupaBoy, a SNES handheld emulator scheduled to release this summer. The device sports a 3.5” LCD screen and is designed to emulate the feel of a SNES controller with the traditional D-pad, four face buttons, and two shoulder buttons.

Developed by Hyperkin, the SupaBoy includes video/audio out options so you can hook it up to a regular television. It also has two seven-pin ports on the front for traditional wired controllers, which means you could enjoy two-player games with a friend on your television. In addition, the SupaBoy will support peripheral controllers, like the Super Scope and Super Multitap. It will be compatible with the Mario Paint Mouse.

Above: If you have any old Japanese Super Famicom Cartridges, they should be compatible with the SupaBoy, too!

Above: The SupaBoy will let you plug in wired controllers and includes A/V outs so you can use it to play SNES games with a friend on your television

According to Hyperkin, the SupaBoy has been tested for compatibility with the following SNES titles: Super Mario RPG, Starfox, Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, Zelda (we assume they’re talking about A Link to the Past), and Noah’s Ark 3D. Although it may be compatible with European cartridges, Hyperkin has not tested PAL cartridges for compatibility with the SupaBoy.

The SupaBoy is scheduled to launch this summer with a suggested retail price of $79.99. In the meantime, you can head to Hyperkin’s product page for a more detailed list of the SupaBoy’s technical specs.

Apr 18, 2011

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  • DirkSteele1 - April 19, 2011 8:22 p.m.

    I am not sure I would want to carry around my extensive collection of large SNES cartridges to play on the move but am very interested in the ability of this new unit to play the entire SNES catalogue as a backup for if/when my console gives up the ghost. Of particular interest is the claim that Super Mario RPG will run. This game is notorious among SNES clone users for not playing. As well as containing the SA-1 co-processor chip, the game also had pretty sophisticated copy protection and emulated consoles have only until now been able to play software version 1.0 (1.1 and 1.2 revisions would not work). Other games with Co-processors (quite common in the SNES catalogue and easy to spot with the up to 16 extra pins the cart) have not always been easy to run so nice to see Star Fox plays as well. Fingers crossed the clone makers have finally nailed it.
  • ultimatepunchrod - April 19, 2011 1:24 p.m.

  • 4fromK - April 19, 2011 9:47 a.m.

    I found a 38 dollar snes on Amazon. yeah, this includes a screen, but honestly I'd rather have an original SNES than this third party crap. Also, FUCKING HELL are SNES games expensive. $699 for super mario world??? its not THAT good.
  • pr0tostar - April 19, 2011 8:23 a.m.

    Yo playa I heard yu like controlers, so I put a controller port in yo controller so yu can control while you control!
  • Fiirestorm21 - April 19, 2011 2:13 a.m.

    Super Mario RPG, A Link to the Past, Super Mario World -- At least they got the essentials covered.
  • Squirtle - April 19, 2011 12:18 a.m.

    But Where Are we gonna buy the Snes games from?? There so rare nowadays! And cost alot of money for a good game
  • bharte - April 18, 2011 11 p.m.

    Can play earth bound on the go .......winning
  • FanofSaiyan - April 18, 2011 9:58 p.m.

    I still own a SNES, and this looks simply amazing! Finally I can play Killer Instinct on the go! :3
  • Larinah - April 18, 2011 9:50 p.m.

    Looks like a battery cover on the back so I'm guessing it's not rechargeable? I could definitely see that taking off though. The snes has a ridiculous amount of awesome games, and then the fact you can use it as a snes on a tv with 2 controller hookups is just... wow. Basically, it's a minisnes with a built-in screen.
  • therawski - April 18, 2011 9:22 p.m.

    Finally I can play my SuperGameBoy on a handheld!
  • DarkTone - April 18, 2011 9:19 p.m.

    I love it when people do things like this
  • GillaMobstaYBD - April 18, 2011 9:10 p.m.

    ok a hand held SNES I can dig it tha fact that u can actually plug in a controller, 2 none the less thats AMAZING and u can play on the tv im sold...... but with that said HURRY UP AN MAKE A 64 one already.
  • TheBrownestWRPGuknow - April 18, 2011 8:35 p.m.

    So.. you're doing the kotaku thing, huh... i kid. looks cool
  • Kilburn474 - April 18, 2011 8:17 p.m.

    @SideofBeef It's legal, yes. People have been doing it for years now. Nintendo let The patents on the NES and SNES expire. @db Don't be this guy:
  • db1331 - April 18, 2011 8:08 p.m.

    Only hipsters will buy this.
  • SideOfBeef - April 18, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    I was going to call April Fools, then I saw it wasn't a Nintento product. Is this legal? Definitely won't be picking one up, anyway. I don't actually have anything older than an N64 and the build quality looks bad (maybe I just associate it with that colour of plastic?)

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