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Android smartwatch becomes Game Boy emulator (hello, Nintendo)

by Janes

A Reddit user has divulged a curious invention: a handheld console formed from an Android smartwatch and a pirated joystick, based on the design of the DualSense Edge. To create such a device, it is necessary for the watch to run pure Android, not an interface adapted to the format. And of course, keep an eye out if no Nintendo lawyers are following you.

In the published video, the user used a Game Boy Advance emulator to play Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, a game released in 2003 for the Nintendo console. The smartwatch, on the other hand, has no identified brand, although its look is clearly inspired by the Apple Watch Ultra.

With this information, we can speculate the screen size of this “portable console”: 1.92 mm. The size may be considered tiny by today’s standards, but it’s worth remembering that the Game Boy Micro, the last device in the Game Boy line, had a measly 2-inch screen — the Advance and Advance SP models had a 2.9-inch display.

As we see in the published video, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow ran smoothly on the smartwatch. We don’t know the specifications of the device, but all of today’s smartwatches have far greater processing power than the Game Boy Advance.

It is not even necessary to compare the CPU of the GBA with that of the Galaxy Watch 4, a smartwatch released in 2021. The amount of RAM alone means a giant leap. The Game Boy Advance, which debuted 20 years before the Galaxy Watch 4, featured RAM in the kB range (256 kB according to Wikipedia and several forum and website posts). Samsung’s smartwatch, on the other hand, has 1.5 GB of RAM.

Incidentally, the storage capacity of the Galaxy Watch 4 is 16 GB. According to a Reddit user who claims to have all GBA games released, the console’s game library doesn’t reach 9 GB. Despite the fact that the source is not a well of reliability, games from these older consoles take up little space.

Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen, “remasters” of Game Boy games, are approximately 4 MB in size. In short, it is very likely that your 128 GB cell phone will be able to store all the games from the Game Boy, Nintendo, SNES, and Nintendo 64 line and still have just over 100 GB left.

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