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Daily Authority: 🍄 Want a Galaxy GameBoy?

Is this a healthy way to spend $37? If you love retro games and quirky accessories, absolutely.
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August 1, 2022
TheCaseUniverse GameBoy game list
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

🐱 Good day, and welcome to the Daily Authority. We hope you had a wonderful weekend. I’m a few weeks late, but I finally found time to get into Stray. I wish someone had told me what happens immediately after the tutorial.

The ultimate phone case?

TheCaseUniverse GameBoy case black and white
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

We’ll provide a fair warning for our main story today, though. If you’re a retro gaming fan, toss your wallet in another room and lock the door. You’ll love the focus of Rob Triggs’ attention this past weekend — a functional GameBoy phone case strapped to his Galaxy S22 Ultra.

What on earth?

  • In short, Rob got hold of a game-playing case made for select Samsung Galaxy phones and iPhone models.
  • And yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like.
  • The case features the usual spread of soft buttons, a small but usable LCD screen, and a surprisingly accurate recreation of the GameBoy aesthetic.
  • Despite this, it’s not an official Nintendo product.

How does it function?

  • Well, for what it is, surprisingly well.
  • It’s no Nintendo Switch or PlayStation 5, but it does run games on the back of your phone as promised.
  • There are 36 poorly-translated titles to choose from, including Super Mario Bros, Pac-Man, and Donkey Kong.
  • You’re forced to reselect English as the preferred language every time you boot it up, which sounds a little tedious.
  • As a case, it includes all the cutouts for your USB-C port and cameras.
  • As a gaming console, the quality shortcuts taken are abundantly clear.
  • Rob notes that buttons have popped out, the speaker is terrible, there’s no battery indicator, and the display is not centered.
  • You’ll also need to charge the case every once in a while to power your procrastination endeavors.

So should you buy one?

  • Why wouldn’t you?
  • “The design perfectly encapsulates the classic GameBoy vibe, which initially lured me in.”
  • If you appreciate form over function, this certainly is the product for you.
  • But, be aware that you’ll have two things in your hand to worry about breaking.
  • Of course, if you’re shopping for a serious phone case, don’t miss our comprehensive guide to buying phone cases.
  • If you want to play more than 36 retro games without a case, why not grab yourself an emulator for Android? We cover the process in more detail, including the best products to maximize your experience here.
  • Fair warning that you should own the retro games you want to emulate if you’d like to stay on the right side of the law.

The Roundup

🗺️ Do you keep a list of must-have travel tools? Our Rita El Khoury does. Here are her top 10 favorite travel products of the past year (Android Authority).

🕹️ Keeping with today’s gaming slant, The Verge’s Andrew Webster argues that subscriptions have made gaming on the iPhone “fun again” (The Verge).

😞I’m not a gambling man, but over the years, I’ve come to realize that buying into any Google service is a game of Russian Roulette,” laments AA’s Dhruv Bhutani over his decision to choose G Suite for personal use (Android Authority).

🛹 The 900 — a Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack cover band — performed on stage this weekend with none other than Tony Hawk himself (Kotaku).

🔥 Northern California is experiencing one of the most dangerous uncontrolled fires of the season thus far, with more than 50,000 acres already burned (Los Angeles Times).

📲 The latest Nothing Phone 1 update is rolling out, bringing better charging performance and more (Android Authority).

👒 A surprisingly insightful deep dive into Rozy, Lucy, and the rise of South Korea’s virtual influencers on social media (CNN).

🔌 The US nuclear regulator is on the verge of awarding certification to a small, modular nuclear reactor design, opening the way to cheaper, more portable nuclear power (ArsTechnica).

🎮 From emulating Windows 95 to buying PhysX cards, these are some of the lengths PCGamer writers have gone to run games in the past (PCGamer).

Monday Meme

For once, let’s enjoy a somewhat topical meme.

It’s August, and that usually means a Samsung launch event is just around the corner. This year, we could see the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 make their arrivals, and there’s never been a better time to catch up on the news and rumors surrounding both. For what it’s worth, Samsung’s foldables make for great gaming phones too, sans GameBoy case.

Have a great week,

Andy Walker, Editor.