blame the COVID-19 pandemic
Portable retro console Analogue Pocket will begin shipping pre-orders on December 13. That’s according to an announcement published on Twitter.
Pre-orders will arrive between December 14 and December 30. Not everyone will be at home for the holidays, so buyers can request a hold on their orders. This will allow their orders to start shipping on January 3 instead.
Also, buyers have until November 28 to edit their orders. This includes any change of address or request for a hold.
Although pre-orders for the Pocket remain sold out, Analogue said the handheld will not be a limited edition product. It also said it has plans to restock, though we don’t yet know when that will be.
Announced in October 2019, the Analogue Pocket is the company’s first portable system. The design is reminiscent of the Game Boy, though it has additional buttons for the supported platforms.
Out of the box, the Analogue Pocket is compatible with Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance cartridges. Analogue offers cartridge adapters for Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket, Neo Geo Pocket Color, and Atari Lynx titles.
In addition to its modern hardware, what separates the Pocket from other retro handhelds is its lack of software emulation. Instead, the Pocket uses a specialty hardware chip to run the old titles.
All of this comes at a price — $199.99, to be exact. Pre-orders opened in August 2020 and sold out in just 16 minutes. Unfortunately for Analogue, the Pocket’s release has been delayed several times due to chip shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.