Product: Supaboy Portable Pocket SNES Console
Manufacturer: Hyperkin- hyperkin.com
Review By: MrB4
A major item that is hot right now is the portable classic video game console. Quite a few different people have tried to recreate ones for the NES, SNES, Genesis, and for the most part, they do a good job at helping us relive the good ol’ days. Hyperkin is one of the companies that has decided to jump on this bandwagon with their latest SNES clone system, the Supaboy Portable Pocket SNES console, and despite a few flaws here and there, it’s definitely a decent retro experience that will remind us of just how far we’ve come in the video game industry. Let’s take some time now to find out if this is something worth exploring, or if it’s better left in the dust as a distant memory.
Durability: Not too bad, but there are a couple of minor annoyances that could plague an entire playing session if you’re not careful. For example, the place were you insert the game cartridges can be a little bit flimsy at times, where even the slightest bit of movement could freeze your game. There is a locking mechanism on the back that is suppossed to prevent this from happening, but for the most part it only works about 50% of the time. Aside from that issue, everything else was fine; the screen itself doesn’t scratch easily, and the system is made out of a hard plastic making it nearly impossible to break.
Comfort: Despite it’s large size, the product itself feels very comfortable in my hands. The main reason for this is because the layout of the system is reminiscent of a SNES controller, so everything about it felt familiar to me. My only gripe with the overall layout was the fact that the start and select buttons were placed in the top corner of the system. Placing those buttons on the bottom of the system would have made more sense to me, so let’s just hope these guys take that idea under consideration if they ever decide to release a second edition.
Battery Life: This was probably the biggest problem with the console as a whole. Before I could even turn this thing on I had to charge it for almost 6 hours straight. After about 2 and a half hours of play time, guess what, I had to charge it all over again. This wouldn’t bother me so much if the amount of gameplay time I could get out of it was equal to how long I had to wait for it to charge, but since that wasn’t the case, I was extremely disappointed.
Quality: As far as video quality goes, this system is extremely impressive. All the colors for each game are warmly presented, not to mention easy on the eyes, and despite all of the action taking place on a smaller screen, everything feels like it’s in the exact place it needs to be to make it feel like a true home console experience. The audio quality on the other hand isn’t all that impressive. Right after turning the device on, a large, very annoying beeping sound will play through the speakers, and there is no way to turn it off. This turned each play session I had into an endurance test of how much my ears could take before the sound effects and music gave me a headache. Hopefully this is just something that can be fixed with being sent a new system, but as of right now, this feature is very annoying.
Price: The product retails for $79.99, which is fair because these guys go out of their way to make sure you get the most bang for your buck. Each system comes with a charger, a portable carrying case, and audio/video input cables so you can play the game on your TV ( which I tried and it works out great), so overall the end justifies the means.
The Supaboy Portable Pocket SNES console is a step in the right direction as far as Super Nintendo clone systems are concerned, and if you can tolerate a problem or two here and there, I would say that it is definitely worth checking out.
Final Score: 3 out of 5 stars
Supaboy Portable Pocket SNES console