For a lot of people, video games offered a sly first introduction to electronic music. Back in the ’70s, ’80s and even ’90s, video games had to rely on built-in synthesizers to create music. The music of this era of gaming is so iconic that much of it is seared in the collective pop culture memory. Who could forget, for instance, the original theme to Pokémon Red and Blue or the “Overworld Theme” from Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past.
If you’ve ever wished that you could make masterpieces like these, you’re in luck, because a new handheld console called the Analogue Pocket comes with a built-in synthesizer and sequencer, called Nanoloop, that will let you do exactly that. Watch it in action below.
Beyond its musical prowess, the Analogue Pocket is also a very capable portable gaming machine. It’s a modular retro device that’s compatible with Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance cartridges. Adaptors let you use it with Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket Color, Atari Lynx and other systems. According to its spec sheet, it sports a screen with “10x the resolution of an original Game Boy.” It will also have an optional dock that will let gamers play their favorite portable games on the big screen.
Analogue Pocket will be released in 2020, and it will cost $199.99. Learn more here.