Hyperkin SupaBoy 2.0: Impressions
Author :        Date : 19-Feb-13

Nearly two months ago I bought one of these on impulse from a local shop. While my handheld gaming interest these days is nearly non-existent with the exception of the occasional tablet session, the idea of playing SNES cartridges wherever, whenever was too much of a temptation to pass up. As luck would have it, my procrastination of about a year or so let me skip ahead to the second release of this system, where many of the issues surrounding this console have been rectified.

I was hesitant to call this a review mainly because I actually haven’t tried all of its features yet. I have so many other ways to play SNES that I’ve never used the controller ports or its TV-out capability. I have however, put it through its paces as a handheld system with several of my favorite games.

I like:

  • The controls feel like those of a decent controller, comfortable in my hands with the right amount of resistance.
  • The screen is crisp with excellent colours.
  • Speakers are surprisingly clear and more than loud enough, headphones sound great too.
  • Lightweight considering its size, even with a cartridge installed.
  • Decent battery life.
  • Comes with a black velvet bag to store it which I think is a great bonus.

I don’t like:

  • Insert obligatory famiclone remark about some games being incompatible.
  • No low battery indicator.
  • Cartridge locking mechanism is useless.

Overall I’m very pleased with its quality and performance. Other than a low battery indicator I wouldn’t change the design at all. A few years ago they wouldn’t have been able to make something affordable like this. The screen alone would have taken a hit. If they ever release a Sega Genesis version of this, I’ll gladly buy one of those too… several months after the early adopters complain about the bugs and they get fixed!


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