The Hyperkin SupaBoy is an SNES duplicate system that allows gamers to play their favorite SNES games on-the-go. Releasing last year, this system is often overlooked or not even known about. A shame, for the system really has what it takes to be in anyone's shopping cart. wishlist, and/or shelves. Why is it that a Starfox fan site is reviewing such a thing? Obviously it's because the number one question always pops up about any third party SNES duplicate: Can it play Starfox?
As any Starfox fan will tell you, the original Starfox required the use of the Super FX chip to run properly, something that just about any third party's hardware can't seem to get right. Often you get mixed opinions on the matter. "It runs fine" or "It runs for about two minutes before crashing" or straight up "it does not support Starfox". Seeing these responses clumped together anywhere can be offputting. Unfortunately, the SupaBoy has fallen victim to this. Hopefully we can shed light on the matter and disperse any false acusations towards the system or convince people on the fence about it to invest.
That's right. Invest. Hyperkin's SupaBoy does play Starfox.
You can play as your favorite furry pilot anywhere, anytime, on the 3.5" LCD screen. If that's not enough for you, if you're the sit-at-home kind of person who enjoys gaming on the TV, not a problem.
The system comes with an AV cable that allows hook-up to any TV that will allow it virtually replicating the original SNES. It only gets better! The SupaBoy has two controller ports on each side of it that allow you to connect original SNES controllers for play (up to 2 players) for retro veterans who refuse to play their games on any other controller.
It should be pointed out that the system's sound is rather poor, as in quiet. Unless you're in a secluded spot to yourself with minimal noise don't count on being able to hear much. It's quite possibly the only downfall the system has, and it's easily fixable with a pair of headphones that can be plugged into the headphone jack.
The system itself is a little bulky, however don't be fooled. It is very lightweight allowing for easy game playing. The SupaBoy is designed to look like an original SNES controller, and as such the button orientation should immedietely be familiar to SNES veterans. Unfortunately the SupaBoy we got our hands on has a manufacturing error in which the button labels for A,B, X, and Y are flipped upside down. This is not a problem though it does get annoying to look at, however this may be a rare case and may not apply to any other SupaBoy consoles.
The SupaBoy runs off a single battery pack that requires charging roughly around every 2-3 hours (Hyperkin has claimed 5.5 hours but our results have found otherwise) and charges by plugging the system into an outlet which can still be played during charge.
You will not ever have to worry about the game cartridge falling out as it includes a lock feature that keeps the game cartridges firmly in place.
The system typically runs for $80, however can be found for as little as $60 depending on where or how you go about finding it. It's a definite buy for anyone needing to replace (or find a replacement for) their SNES, Starfox fans especially.