Play Game Boy cartridges on your computer with this $ 50 accessory
Shortly: Devices like the Analogue Nt and the Duo have recently seen a resurgence in retro gaming, a trend we are seeing carried over to smaller manufacturers. One such example is Epilogue, which has recently started taking pre-orders for its GB operator.
Epilogue compares the GB Operator to a cassette slot for your computer. This allows users to play Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance cartridges on their computer as they would on original hardware. It’s even compatible with the Game Boy camera accessories in case you still have one lying around.
The device’s developer says its cross-platform desktop application (Windows, Mac, and Linux) is based on mGBA, an open-source Game Boy Advance emulator that has been around for years, but adds that users also use their preferred emulator can use.
GB Operator is reportedly even able to detect counterfeit cartridges, an added benefit for those looking to assemble a collection of original carts.
Non-Nintendo hardware used to play Game Boy carts isn’t new, mind you, but they’re also a little hard to come by. Analogue announced its pocket handheld in 2019, but we’re still waiting for it to hit the market. Hyperkin also worked on a Game Boy remake years ago, but I’m not sure it was ever released.
The GB Operator is available for pre-order now for $ 49.99 plus shipping and is expected to be released in August.