Well, when I saw how I lusted after the portable device, I knew I would eventually get a case, but since the device is so rare, cases are hard to come by. Fortunately, Waterfield has seen a hole in the market and has produced many high quality analog pocket boxes, bags, and bags, and they were kind enough to send a little bit my way to practical work, so this is exactly what I have done and what this article is all about. Let’s dig.
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What is Waterfield?
First, a little background. Waterfield is a San Francisco-based cutting edge case and bag manufacturer, and all of their products are made right here in America. This gives the company plenty of room to quickly roll out new designs, which is probably how it became one of the first manufacturers to offer an analog pocket holster (the bag, actually). I recently ramped up production as the company now offers three separate products to carry around the machine, all varying in size, and I’ve had the opportunity to test two of them in person. During the past two months.
Analog pocket bag
First up is the analog pocket bag. This was Waterfield’s first case for the Game Boy semi, and it offers a seamless magnetic closure that keeps the latch closed when the device is inserted. There is a zip pocket on one side that can hold a number of Game Boy games or a cable or two, however, with the analog pocket inside the bag, there wouldn’t be much room to fill this zip pocket.
The interior of the bag is a soft material made of short fibers. Ideally, this provides protection when sliding the pocket in and out of the case so you don’t have to worry about scratching your screen with such soft materials. However, thanks to the magnetic closure, dust and debris may be able to get into the bag when carried in a larger bag, such as a backpack or suitcase. If any debris such as sand or lint gets in, there is a chance that small particles will stick to the soft fibers inside. It’s a minor opportunity, but it’s definitely something to be aware of.
There are currently five color and material options, ranging from red, green, blue, tarpaulin, and nylon. The Forza Blue has been sent, a dark blue color that matches well with the bag’s black zipper and cord loop attachments.
It is a stylish bag that offers great build quality, made of high quality 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 well, and it’s also thick enough that you won’t have to worry about dings while carrying the bag in a larger bag. So for the $50 price tag, you really can’t go wrong with an analog pocket bag, the prices only go up from here.
CitySlicker Analog Pocket Bag
Perhaps taking some lessons from the analog pocket bag, the CitySlicker ignores the magnetic opening on the top and opts for a foldable tongue. This cover is made of thick leather and attaches magnetically, while the rest of the case is nylon unless you choose to use a tarpaulin (my favorite is also paired with a leather cover). This means you have a choice between a black flap, a white flap, a brown lid on a black nylon can, or a brown tarpaulin canister that comes with a brown lid.
The basic compartment offers a material that feels closer to microfiber, as the fibers are packed more densely than is available in an analog pocket pouch, so keeping loose debris, if it finds any way around the lid, is a lot less of a concern than an analog pocket pouch.
You still get a built-in zip pocket, just like the Analog Pocket Bag, and this pocket is in the back, but its outer material is made of a flexible canvas, which means you can fit fewer games or cables compared to the Analog Pocket Bag. You also get an additional compartment up front under the hood, which can accommodate a game or two.
So the CitySlicker bag offers a little more storage space over an analog pocket bag while maintaining the same footprint, which is probably why it’s a bit more expensive at $80. However, this price makes sense since the leather cover is a great piece of thick, fleshy leather.
For me, CitySlicker is my go-to bag for my analog pocket. Not only do you have to worry about debris getting into the case, thanks to the cover, the unit I received is a waxed canvas, which simply feels incredibly premium paired with a thick leather flap. Add quality stitching that looks incredibly strong, and the cost is well worth what you get.
Can these instances be used with anything else?
definitely. My love of handheld games goes beyond analog pocket, which is why I’ve collected and made quite a few mod Game Boys over the past few years in my endless search for the perfect portable device. What I don’t have is a large number of bags to store them in. Waterfield comes with Analog Pocket Bags, as I’ve found that these can actually hold and protect classic Game Boys as well as the hardware the Analog Pocket hold is designed for.
Ultimately, you don’t need to own an Analogue Pocket to buy one of Waterfield’s excellent analog pocket bags, as they’re also perfect for carrying any Game Boy, whether it’s an OG classic, Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Color, or Game Boy Advance. After all, the Analogue Pocket is about the same size as the OG Game Boy, a little thinner. So if you’re like me and have put together a ridiculous set of mod Game Boys and want a quality bag to carry around, I can definitely recommend checking out Waterfield’s Analogue Pocket line. The build quality is superb, and with a footprint that fits all Game Boys, these cases are versatile and can fit a range of similarly sized products.
All in all, whether you’re lucky enough to have an Analogue Pocket or simply enjoy the Game Boy mod 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 around your devices and games for long trips, maybe the Pocket Analog Pack is your speed, as it can fit all your accessories, power cords, games, and a console. Although I don’t own one yet, my Game Boy collection continues to grow, so I have no doubts that I’ll pick one up soon enough.