Hyperkin SUPABOY Portable Pocket SNES Console
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- Innovative cartridge lock feature
- Tested compatible original hardware: Nintendo SNES controller Nintendo Super Scope Super Multitap Nintendo Mario Paint Mouse
- Compatible with Japanese Super Famicom Cartridges
- Adjustable volume control with stereo sound
- Headphone jack
At home or on the go, the SupaBoy plays your favorite Super Nintendo and Super Famicom cartridges anywhere you are. Portable or home console, the SupaBoy is the choice.
1) Please check that battery is charged. We recommend that you charge the battery for a minimum of 3 hours.
2) If screen is still blue or continues to flicker, please remove the battery from the system (by removing the screw in the back to open the battery door). Then, Plug the Mini USB AC Adapter into the SupaBoy and turn the unit ON.
* If the unit turns ON, then the source of the issue is the battery.
* If the unit stays OFF, then the source of the issue is the system.
Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2014
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I'm going to be perfectly honest and unbiased as possible with my review here.
First off, Amazon sent me Hyperkin's latest version of the Supaboy which comes in a black carton box that's graphically designed to resemble an official SNES product by Nintendo, which was very smart, as it keeps the light out and possible UV rays from damaging or yellowing the system's shell. I was very pleased to see the packing was neat and professional looking. Non of the parts or cables looked corroded or used in any way which is something I've come to expect from 3rd party/unlicensed products. In a nut shell, the presentation was excellent and not embarrassing to open up in front of your friends. (if you know what I mean, lol).
The system comes with a TV out cable, a charger (which they updated to USB now, an excellent idea), a fancy little velveteen pouch to hold and protect your supaboy, with Hyperkin's Supaboy logo on it and a Lithium Ion battery *which I'll talk about later in this review*. Also, my Supaboy had 2 protective laminates on the screen. Not just one. Not sure if this was done on purpose or if it was a manufacturer error but another person claimed the same, so who knows. It was a good thing. Instructions and 6 month warranty is included.
I have around 60 SNES games which include:
- Super Metroid
- Chrono Trigger
- Secret Of Mana
- Star Fox
- Yoshi's Island
- Donkey Kong Country 1 & 2
- Super Mario World
- Mortal Kombat 2
- Killer Instinct
- TMNT Tournament Fighters
- Final Fight
- Megaman X
- Samurai Showdown
- TMNT - Turtles In Time
- Super Mario All Stars
- Super Mario Kart
- Final Fight 2
...just to name a few. They all WORKED. Every single one of them. However... I found that I had to really clean out my game's connectors and remove as much dirt as possible (using a little rubbing alcohol with Q-tips) before inserting them, or else I'd be prone to getting a black or blue screen. Also, with some games, I had to insert the cart in a special way for it to load. Either inserting it as far right from the center as possible or vice versa. Sometimes directly centered. Never move your cart around while the power is on or you may lose data like many have mentioned.
The Supaboy didn't wipe out my data upon inserting carts like Super Metroid, etc. My data was wiped out because I was messing with the cart while the power was on and resetting continuously until a picture showed up. I have learned to make sure the power was off before fiddling with the cart. Now all my current saves are intact. So far...
This is a negligible issue. It didn't bother me as much as I thought it would.
I've since, finished an entire game of Super Metroid on this portable with no issues what so ever, as well as games like Street Fighter 2 Turbo and Mortal Kombat 2. I'm going down the list of my library.
Now.... the real problem. This is something that reallllly disappointed me about the Supaboy. On the box and anywhere else you see the Supaboy advertised, it mentions it transmits sound in STEREO. This is NOT the case. While there are 2 channels (2 physical speakers)on the portable, they both reproduced sound in MONO. Even with headphones on, it was very obvious there was no stereo sound bumping. This is VERY unfortunate in my opinion, because many SNES games like Donkey Kong Country and RPG's like Final Fantasy 3, have beautiful music and stellar SFX in stereo. While Hyperkin did fix the continuous high pitch noise, the sound quality is still far from perfect. There is still system noise coming through because non of the wiring inside the machine (i opened up my system to see the internal hardware) is protected. Also, the sound amp is a little finicky, depending on the game you load, you may notice the volume levels vary. Some louder than others.
I really Hope Hyperkin reads this and considers fixing this problem. It's quite honestly, the only real draw back I have against this portable.
Now, don't get me wrong. The sound is not atrocious when you're playing without your headphones. It's hardly noticeable that way. But when you pop your headphones on, you may find yourself taking them right off again, unless you're completely fine with a little buzzzzz sound along your game's sound.
The portable also acts like a console when connected to your TV, which is pretty cool! But, I'd only recommend hooking this up to an older CRT television (the big ones with the glass screen) for best image quality. I compared it to my real SNES and this new version of Supaboy delivers great picture. It was kind of weird seeing a portable become an actual control deck.
SNES control pads can be hooked up to your Supaboy, but ONLY if the system is hooked up to a TV. Otherwise, they won't work in portable mode. This didn't bother me one bit. But others may chime a different opinion.
The battery... This Lithium Ion only lasts 2.5 hours, give or take a few minutes, before having to recharge. If you're playing at home, you can use the charger to power up your game play for as many hours as you please. But for travel, 2.5 is all you get. Oh well, no biggie. It's not like I play that long before stopping for a break anyhow.
So...overall, despite the flaws, I am truthfully happy with this portable. It's quirky and the design is totally awesome and funny at the same time. lol.
Each day that goes by, I appreciate it more.
They just really need to get on top of the stereo sound issue. If this baby had full stereo, it'd be an amazing thing.
I'd recommend it if you or someone you know still has and loves his/her SNES games. It's the perfect gift for retro game fans. :)
The Unit: The unit itself, the Supaboy, is a very sturdy piece of work. It feels... complete with no rattling and everything. The design of the system closely resembles a huge SNES controller. It's BIG but lightweight and fits in your hands comfortably. However... there are slight problems with the machine. I have 3 complaints about the unit itself. The first one... isn't really a complaint but more of a minor pain to deal with that doesn't really effect the machine. The AC Power cord comes out from the top of the Machine and at times it gets in the way of putting in new games and what not. My second complaint is the D-Pad. It LOOKS like a normal SNES D-Pad however the thing is STIFF. It's sometimes really hard to maneuver the D-Pad if you're playing a game that needs to use every Direction like Contra for example. My last complaint is the Battery life. Fully charged the System only gives you about 2.5 Hours of battery life. It's kinda... Bad... However I am not a huge traveler but it would be nice to play with it off the charger every now and then.
The Games: I tried a lot of my games out and they all seems to work! Some of them worked first time I put them in and I haven't played some of them in ages! But nothing is perfect however and there is 1 game I COULD NOT get to work to save my life. Super Mario RPG. I became depressed right away because I heard the a lot of people got Super Mario RPG to work. And it's not my game because it works fine on my normal SNES. So.. i'm really unsure what to do. I did get it to work twice though but both times it was really glitched up and it gave a really loud static sound. I know it IS capable because the picture was working fine but i'm wondering if there is a secret to getting it to work. If you have a huge collection and you don't have SMRPG in it, then the Supaboy would be perfect for you.
The Performance: I heard that the Supaboy doesn't play very loudly and I enjoy my SNES music but... To be honest I didn't have a problem with the sound at all. It was a decent pitch of noise that I could enjoy so I didn't have much of a problem. The picture is crisp and clear and almost looks like if you were playing on a TV! You can always plug in headphones for louder noise and what not. Now I have heard that a lot of units were defective and made a loud screeching noise and it's safe to say that my unit did not have it at all! It does ave a very QUIET hum but it's so low I don't even notice it. So I give it thumbs up for the great performance!
The Uses: If you are going somewhere or hanging out with friends and you want to bring some fun... then getting this would be the answer! The unit is small so it fits in a backpack easily and pack in a few multiplayer games. All you gotta do is bring the small charger and the small video cords and you're all good. I don't really recommend playing it that long on large road trips unless the vehicle has a plug. If you don't have a TV then no problem! The unit itself has two controller ports on the front and your friend can plug a controller into the 2nd port and play with you! The port itself is away from the buttons slight and plugging a controller into the port doesn't get in the way that much but it is a little close. One of my problems is that the player 1 controller port ONLY works on the TV so you can't plug in a Player 1 controller to avoid using the crappy D-Pad on the System which kind of makes me sad but if i'm going to play with friends at a house then it's no big deal. But to cut to the chase, the unit it great for bring to a friend's house and playing some SNES games together without lugging around the big SNES.
In conclusion, I am satisfied with my purchase of the Supaboy but there are somethings wrong with it that make the System lack a little but nothing is perfect I suppose.
I leave this item with a 3\5. I knock one point entirely for Super Mario RPG not working because that alone is what made me want to buy a Supaboy... To play Super Mario RPG anywhere. And the other point for it's small problems it has. But overall it's a fantastic device!
I will highly recommend it if you are looking to get a New SNES and you DON'T have Super Mario RPG in your collection. But then again like I said... there could be a trick to making it work and i'm hoping there's a way to fix it. I hope this review helps for people if they are on the edge to buy it or not.
A BIG HUUUUUUGE EDIT (READ THIS): For some reason now my Unit wants to play Super mario RPG! I am so shocked but Super Mario RPG works perfectly! I changed my Review to 4 Stars now! I am very excited to see it work!
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Cabe decir, que cuando me llegaron las consolas, una no encendía o no daba imagen o sonido; reporté el defecto a amazon y de inmediato me repusieron el monto y me dijeron que conservara el equipo. Muy bueno porque lo usaré para refacciones.