Game Boy Classic Heading to North America and Europe

New handheld slated for a November release.

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 04/01/2015 07:00 3 Comments     ShareThis

Though the world is still holding its collective breath waiting for Nintendo to reveal the secrets of its new NX console, internal documents from GameStop might be letting the cat out of a bag no one even knew existed yet. Game Boy Classic, according to a marketing email sent from Nintendo to the retail giant, will be gracing store shelves come this holiday season.

Leaks, or “leaks” (let’s face it, there are so many these days it’s hard to believe they’re all an accident) of unannounced games are nothing new in the Internet age, with titles often appearing prior to an official reveal on everything from Amazon to Walmart’s product pages. Word of a new handheld, however, is something of an oddity. The email reads as follows:

“Game Boy Classic– The Nintendo 3DS family of systems continues to entertain and delight consumers across the globe, and the time is now to strike again while the iron is hot. Game Boy Classic intends to bridge the gap between Nintendo’s storied past and its bright future. The original Game Boy paved the way for modern handheld gaming, and has a legacy as rich as that of the Nintendo Entertainment System. The eShop has been home to a number of Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles for years now, but with the arrival of Game Boy Classic, fans will have a way of experiencing their favorite games in new ways.

“Game Boy Classic mimics the form factor of the original Game Boy line, but merges it with modern technological advancements. Boasting an OLED screen, a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, and Micro SD storage, Game Boy Classic is the Game Boy fans remember, but better than ever. Using Wi-Fi, players can tap into the eShop to purchase and download Game Boy and Game Boy Color software directly to the device. These games can be played using recent innovations such as Restore Points to maximize ease of play, as well as other features like online and local multiplayer for 2-player titles.”

The email, at this point, ends– the text quoted here actually comes from a photo snapped of a computer screen allegedly belonging to a GameStop executive’s monitor. That hasn’t stopped speculation from running amok, however. There are rumblings that Game Boy Classic will come with a traditional cartridge slot so that fans can play the original games. It’s also widely being opined that Nintendo plans to release collections of games on single cartridges as well, like the Donkey Kong Land trilogy (which just hit the 3DS Virtual Console a few weeks ago). The biggest rumor, however, is that the new handheld will launch with the release of Pok√©mon Red and Blue Versions on both it and the 3DS Virtual Console.

Pricing and color options are still a mystery, however, and it’s unclear if there will be cross-play or buy between 3DS handhelds and Game Boy Classic. As ever, stay tuned to Nintendojo for further details as they come up. Are you excited for Game Boy Classic? Which other Nintendo console would you like to see get this treatment? Sound off below!

Source: None– It’s a LIE!! (Don’t feel bad, I wept as I wrote this because it’ll never happen).

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