The retro handheld Analogue Pocket pre-orders began today, but they didn’t last. Just 16 minutes after the sales went live, Analogue issued a statement via Twitter that the stock had sold out. It promised to produce more and “do our best to meet demand during this unfortunate global state of affairs.”
Many people experienced issues with confirming their pre-order at the shipping phase, including GameSpot staff. Actor Elijah Wood tweeted that he experienced the same issue. You can sign up through the Analogue store for notifications when the item gets restocked. The Analogue Pocket won’t begin shipping until May 2021.
Not surprisingly, online auction site Ebay is already hosting several listings for those looking to flip the device at a profit. The listings often base the price in the $500-$600 range, a huge increase from its base $200 price. Given that Analogue has already stated plans to restock, you’re probably better off waiting rather than paying a 300% markup.
Pocket pre-orders are sold out. We will be producing more and do our best to meet demand during this unfortunate global state of affairs.
Signup at https://t.co/E3wd4IdMbE to be notified by email when we are able to make Pocket + accessories available again. pic.twitter.com/K3is9xG5uk
— Analogue (@analogue) August 3, 2020
The Analogue Pocket appears like a high-tech version of the classic Game Boy and plays original Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games. But it packs some very modern touches, like a sleep mode, a dock (sold separately) for playing your classic games on the TV, and a high-quality screen that can imitate the classic aspect ratio and even the green glow. Separate accessories also make it compatible with Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket Color, and Atari Lynx carts.