Nintendo has done wonders with handheld gaming over the years, and much of that success has a lot to do with the Game Boy. It was the ultimate mobile device, and one of the reasons why gaming on smartphones is so popular today.
Now, the Game Boy, like today’s mobile phones, had quite a few accessories for folks to choose from. Some made it to market, while others were left to face death within the labs from where they came.
We’re going to talk about some of these accessories today while hoping third-party hardware and software makers continue to release cool add-ons for future handheld machines from Nintendo.
You may never have heard of the Workboy because the creators didn’t bring the device to market. It’s a product that was designed for the working adult who also owns a Game Boy for play.
The Workboy is interesting because it’s a keyboard that connects directly to the Game Boy. Furthermore, it comes with a calendar, clock, temperature converter, currency converter, and a day planner.
Too bad the company behind this device, Fabtek, failed to get the product into the hands of eager consumers.
Game Boy Radio
Chances are you’ve never heard of the Game Boy Radio, a device designed to transform your Nintendo handheld system into a radio playing machine. It supported stereo FM radio and was created in China.
The product didn’t catch on, and as such, it died. We’re not sure which Chinese company came up with this thing, but from our point of view, it was a good idea. It seems to get the device up and running, users would have been required to plug it directly into the cartridge bay.
The Handy Boy
The original Game Boy had a very small screen that was only 4.7cm x 4.3cm. This is where the Handy Boy from Joyplus comes into play. It’s a product with a magnifying glass that is adjustable, lights for better viewing, and amplified speakers for improved sound.
It even comes with a joystick and bigger buttons, which is perfect for folks who didn’t enjoy using the traditional Game Boy control buttons.
Unfortunately, the Handy Boy uses power from the battery, so it cuts down on game time unless you’re plugged into the wall.
Game Boy Pocket Sonar
Gamers love to fish too, did you know this? It’s true because Bandai created the Game Boy Pocket Sonar, a product designed to help users locate fishes at up to 20 meters underwater. The device came with a fishing mini-game for when you’re on fishing trips with grandpa but bored out of your mind.
Sadly, the product was released only in Japan, so we have no English sources to explain how well it worked, if at all.