Waterfield’s Analogue Pocket cases are your portable game console’s secret weapon

As a gamer in residence at AP, I’ve been lucky enough to cover mobile gaming for years, testing a myriad of products, from top games to controllers, and even the occasional handheld streaming device. While the Analogue Pocket may not run Android, my lifelong love of all gaming laptops meant I had to buy one, so I was lucky enough to enter the second round of sales, which is precisely how I was able to review the elusive device earlier this year.


Well, seeing how I covet the handheld, I knew I’d get a case eventually, but since the device is so rare, cases are hard to come by. Fortunately, Waterfield saw a gap in the market and have produced several high quality cases, pouches and bags for the Analogue Pocket, and they were kind enough to send me a few to put into practice, so that’s exactly what I’ve done and what this article is about. Let’s delve into.

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What is Waterfield?

First, a little history. Waterfield is a San Francisco-based manufacturer of high-end cases and bags, and all of their products are made here in the United States. This gives the company plenty of room to quickly develop new designs, which will more than likely become one of the first manufacturers to offer a case for the Analogue Pocket (a bag, in fact). It has recently increased production, where the company now offers three separate products to carry the device, all varying in size, two of which I have had the opportunity to personally test. during the last two months.

The analog pocket bag

First is the analog pocket bag. This was Waterfield’s first case for the similar Game Boy, and it offers a polished magnetic latch that keeps the latch closed when a device is inserted. There’s a zippered pocket on one side that can fit a couple of Game Boy games or a cable or two, though with the analog pocket inside the bag, there won’t be much room left to fill this zippered pocket.

The inside of the bag is a soft fleece material made from short fibers. Ideally, this offers protection when sliding the pocket in and out of the bag so you don’t have to worry about scratching your screen with such a soft material. However, thanks to the magnetic closure, dust and dirt can get into the bag when you carry it in a larger bag, such as a backpack or suitcase. If debris such as sand or lint gets inside, there is a chance that small particles can stick to the soft fibers inside. It’s a slim chance, but it’s definitely something to consider.

Currently, there are five color and material options, ranging from red, green, blue, waxed canvas, and nylon. I was sent the Forza Blue bag, a dark blue color that goes well with the black zipper and drawstring ties on the bag.

It is a stylish case that offers excellent build quality, made from premium materials and stitched to perfect tolerances. This isn’t a case that will fall apart quickly, that’s for sure, which means it will protect its contents quite well, as it’s also thick enough that you don’t have to worry about dents while carrying the bag in a larger bag. So for a price of $50, you can’t go wrong with the Analog Pocket Bag, as prices only go up from here.

The CitySlicker case for analog pocket

Perhaps taking some lessons learned from the analog pocket bag, the CitySlicker case forgoes the magnetic opening at the top and opts for a fold-over flap instead. This flap is made of thick leather and attaches magnetically, while the rest of the case is nylon, unless you choose a waxed canvas (my favorite pairs with a leather flap too). This means you can choose between a black flap, a white flap, a brown flap in a black nylon case, or a brown waxed canvas case that comes with a brown flap.

The main compartment offers a material that looks more like microfiber, where the fibers are packed more densely than what’s available in the analog pocket bag, thus retaining loose debris, should it find its way through. around the flap, it’s much less of a concern. Analog pocket case.

It still has a built-in zip pocket, just like the analog pocket bag, and this pocket is located at the rear, but its outer material is made from a flexible fabric, which means you can fit a few more games or cables into it. comparison with analog pocket bag. You also get an additional compartment in the front under the flap, which can hold a game or two.

So the CitySlicker case offers a bit more storage than the analog pocket case while retaining a similar size, so it’s probably a bit more expensive at $80. However, this price makes sense as the leather flap is a quality piece of leather that is thick and meaty.

For me, the CitySlicker is my go-to case for my Analogue Pocket. Not only do I not have to worry about debris getting into the case, thanks to the flap, the unit I received is waxed canvas, which just feels incredibly premium combined with that thick leather flap. Throw in high-quality stitching that feels incredibly sturdy, and the cost is well worth what you get.

Can these cases be used with anything else?

Absolutely. My love of handheld gaming goes far beyond the Analogue Pocket, which is why I’ve collected and created quite a few tweaked Game Boys over the years in my never-ending search for the perfect handheld. What I don’t have is a lot of cases to store them. Here’s Waterfield with their Analogue Pocket cases, where I’ve found these products can hold and protect classic Game Boys just as well as the device they were designed for. wait, the analog pocket.

Ultimately, you don’t need to own an Analogue Pocket to buy one of Waterfield’s great Analogue Pocket cases, as they’re also perfect for carrying any Game Boy, whether it’s the classic OG, a Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Color, or Game Boy. Advance. After all, the Analogue Pocket is about the same size as the Game Boy OG, just a bit slimmer. So if you’re like me and have amassed a ridiculous collection of modded Game Boys and want a quality case to carry them around, I can certainly recommend you check out Waterfield’s Analogue Pocket line. The build quality is excellent and thanks to a size that fits all Game Boys well, these cases are also versatile and can fit a range of similarly sized products.

All in all, whether you’re lucky enough to have gotten an Analogue Pocket or just enjoying the Game Boy modding scene, if you’re looking for a new case, I can definitely recommend the CitySlicker Case along with the Analogue Pocket Pouch. Oh, and if you’re looking for something a little bigger to carry your gadgets and games on long trips, maybe the Analog Pocket Pack is more your speed as it can fit all your accessories, power cords, games, and console. . While I don’t own one yet, my Game Boy collection continues to grow, so I have no doubt that I’ll be buying one very soon.

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