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Transparent Analogue Pocket: The limited edition handheld console you likely won’t get your hands on

I guess I’ll just play games on my actual Game Boy Color and be sad about it.

Image: Analogue
Image: Analogue

The Analogue Pocket lineup had a fantastic new set of color options that came out today. Unfortunately, I can only show you pictures of it because they sold out so quickly that we never really stood a chance at getting one.

Four days ago, on Monday, Analogue announced the Transparent Limited Edition line of their Pocket console. This type of coloring is sure to tantalize the senses of anyone who grew up in the 1990s.

If you didn’t grow up during the era of transparent colors, you’d see this type of plastic look in everything from CD players to your Apple computers. But, it really hit the gamers the hardest, being the style of choice from controllers to memory cards to entire consoles.

One of these, of course, was the Game Boy Color, the Analogue Pocket’s granddaddy. The 90s were a very colorful time.

Analogue has made an amazing name for itself with callbacks to the forgotten eras. They recently dropped the radioactive-looking Glow-In-The-Dark Analogue Pocket that we talked about the day it dropped (and about 10 minutes after it sold out).

If you’re unaware of the console, the Analogue Pocket is a high-quality, high-resolution handheld console that allows users to play Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games.

It also offers adapters to play cartridges from the Sega Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket Color, and more. It’s become a really good tool for those designing Game Boy-style games, as it connects easily to a computer, as well as for chiptune composers.

The Transparent Limited Edition Analogue Pocket line included 7 color options: Clear, black, red, blue, orange, green, and purple. They were available in such a limited quantity that all of them sold out entirely in under 10 minutes, even with their $250 price tag.

Engadget used a single word to describe it, as well as every Analogue drop prior, as “frustrating”. The Glow-In-The-Dark version sold out in just as much time if not quicker, earlier this month.

The company seems to thrive on scarcity, as eBay scalpers already have a ton of them available and sold for around $400 (a full $150 higher than they were this morning), just hours after they sold out.

As all of the “limited” options are sold out, as well as the normal versions at the moment, it’s hard to say if they plan to put them out again or in waves. But, if their history is anything to account for, probably not.

Maybe one day, I can get my hands on a purple one. Until then, color me jealous of those that did.

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