This Mini-GameBoy Color is a Fully Functional New Way to Play Your Favorite Retro Games

"What is this, a Gameboy for ants?!" Now that the obligatory Zoolander joke is out of the way, let's take a second to appreciate that this gameboy is the size of a pinky yet fully operates as a working handheld.

Meet the Pocket Sprite, the world's smallest playable emulation device that provides instant access to tons of retro classics. Game Boy, Game Gear - all of the favourites of handheld past are right there at your tiny fingertips. According to the tiny device's creator:

PocketSprite is an ultraportable gaming and emulation console. It’s been engineered to be highly playable, easy to use, easy to update, and designed to let you pick up where you left off, and put it down again.

If you spent all your pocket-money on AA batteries, dreamed of falling blocks, or have a soft spot in your heart for rectangular controllers, PocketSprite is for you. Throw on your favorite games in a click and fill in the otherwise wasted moments of your daily transit.

PocketSprite is a great gaming console in a tiny package, but look under the hood and it’s so much more. It’s an open source, mature development platform that features a full-color, high-contrast OLED screen, sound, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, storage, and an internal rechargeable battery, all wrapped in a beautifully crafted yet rugged ABS case. PocketSprite’s open source toolchain and robust bootloader make development a snap. Say goodbye to re-inventing the wheel. Say adieu to bricking and JTAG angst. Say hello to rapid development on your favorite new hardware device.

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Why pledge?

  1. Very tiny – fits on your keychain, but still totally playable
  2. Plays all Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Sega Master System, and Game Gear games
  3. Instant resume let’s you pick up a game exactly where you left off
  4. One-click-upload via Wi-Fi for new games / software / updates
  5. Rechargeable battery gives hours of gameplay per charge
  6. High-quality build with tactile buttons and adjustable volume and brightness
  7. Printed instruction sheet and embossed collector’s storage box
  8. Open source software and hardware: https://github.com/PocketSprite
  9. Powerful, ESP32-based hardware development platform
  10. PocketSprite Coding Challenge: code something cool, win the €1000 prize money

PocketSprite comes pre-loaded with two emulators, GNUBoy and SMS Plus, that allow you to play every single game on the following platforms:

  • Nintendo Game Boy
  • Nintendo Game Boy Color
  • Sega Master System
  • Sega Game Gear
  • When you’re tired of the pre-loaded open source games, uploading a new ROM is literally a one-click process. It’s done over-the-air. On Windows, Linux, Mac, or Android, no cables or drivers needed – just connect to PocketSprite’s Wi-Fi network, upload the ROM through PocketSprite’s web interface, and you’ll be playing.

PocketSprite has 16 MB of internal storage. Of this, 2 MB are used for the operating system and game emulators. The remaining 14 MB can be filled with game ROMs – how many depends on the size of the ROMs. If your ROMs are small (e.g., 64 - 128 KB), then you’ll be able to fit hundreds of games on your PocketSprite. If they are bigger (e.g., 1 MB), you’ll only be able to fit ten or so. Of course, you can always use the WiFi connection to change ROMs at any time.

The crowd-funded project still has 37 days to go on its campaign, but has already surpassed its original pledge goal by over 375%! With over a month left to go, it's not too late to pledge your support and nab some sweet rewards for pledging right here on the Pocket Sprite's Crowd Supply page.