Once you’ve overcome the sizable challenge of getting a handheld analog, your next task is to figure out how to play outside your home. It’s a beautifully designed system that you’ll want to protect, but there aren’t many case options beyond the Analogue, which is a clunky transparent plastic box that was apparently more intended for storage and both for viewing and for use on the go.
The best I have found so far comes from WaterField Designs, the San Francisco company we’ve covered several times in the past for its leather backpacks and laptop bags. The Analog Pocket Pouch is a simple and stylish $49 accessory that protects your console and gives you storage space for a few Game Boy games.
Unlike some of WaterField’s more expensive products, the Analog Pocket Pouch is made primarily of a functional canvas material. It is available in black, red, blue and green. (I use the red version, and I think it looks great.) This product comes closest to luxurious styling is the interior, which features a reassuringly soft plush padded material.
The pouch closes with hidden magnets in the opening. I found these magnets a bit weak – often the pouch was open when I was going to take it out of a bag. The analog pocket fits inside very well, so I don’t think there’s much risk of it inadvertently popping out of the pocket when transitioning.
The other main feature of the pouch is a zippered pocket designed to hold Game Boy games and a charging cable. WaterField says it’s good for two Game Boy cartridges; I’ve found you can fit four (two out of two), but that bulks up the sleeve a bit and may not protect games as effectively. Likewise, you can easily fit three shorter Game Boy Advance cartridges in the pocket – or six if you stack three more. All in all, this is a solid amount of storage for a system that’s still designed to run stock physical software.
There’s not much more to say about WaterField’s Analog Pocket Pouch. It does what I want, which is to make the Analogue Pocket a more viable portable console. WaterField has already sold 10 lots of the pouch; you can order one from the 11th batch now, and it will ship on April 22.