If you're a retro gamer who loves the design choices Nintendo made long ago, you might be happy to learn Nintendo's old-school look is making a comeback.
Hyperkin, a company best known for its recreation of retro gaming accessories, has developed a keyboard called the PC Hyper Clack Tactile Mechanical Keyboard. While it's a standard keyboard in every sense, its design — as well as the design of its box — looks strikingly similar to that of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
The $100 keyboard comes with a beige and red design and "clicky" Gaote Blue switches with blue backlights. The keyboard itself looks like an older model from the 1990s, but it's clearly designed to look and feel like the purple-infused SNES found in homes across the world in the 1990s.
That said, Hyperkin doesn't mention Nintendo or the SNES by name, other than to say its keyboard comes with a "classic gaming color scheme." The box it comes in has a decidedly Nintendo-like design, with a familiar red font set against a black background.
The move to offer a keyboard with a SNES infusion might appeal to more customers than some might think. Retro gaming has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts in the last few years as companies, game developers and hobbyists have increasingly offered up new products to check out. There are countless old-style games available on current consoles, and companies like Hyperkin have made a name for themselves offering old-style accessories.
The most successful recent retro release, however, has come from Nintendo in the form of the NES Classic Edition. The console, which was released last month and comes with 30 bundled NES games from the 1980s and 1990s, has been a huge hit and exceedingly difficult to find on store shelves. In fact, it's become one of the most popular holiday gift items, even if it's not readily available. For its part, Nintendo, which has seemingly been caught off guard by the major response to the console, has said that it's working on getting new units to customers and expects there to be limited supply for the foreseeable future.
The Hyperkin retro keyboard is available now for $100. Like so many other retro gaming devices, however, demand is high and supply is limited.