Here’s a name you probably haven’t heard of in a while: Soulja Boy.
After hitting his pop-culture zenith way back in 2007 when he dropped his No.1 charting single “Crank That (Soulja Boy)”, the rapper slowly faded from “hottest thing in the world” to spruiking dragon dildos (that turned out to be part of some scam). Yeah.
Well it seems like the dragon dildo business wasn’t as lucrative as he thought and ol’ mate has decided to branch out into video games instead.
But seeing as how streaming on Twitch is something that’s dominated by Ninja and Drake Fortnite streams, Soulja Boy decided to jump the middle man and release his very own video game consoles instead: the self-branded SouljaGame Console and the SouljaGame Handheld.
And folks, the consoles look baaaaad.
Both the console and handheld look like he took the video game designs from 2007 and cobbled them together in his garage. Hell, the handheld looks just like a bigger version of 2005’s Game Boy Micro.
But the consoles are not only ugly, they’re also sketchy AF.
The listings state that the consoles are manufactured by Chinese company Anbernic, who happen to make the exact same consoles as what Soulja Boy is selling but without ol’ mate’s custom stylings and at a fraction of the cost (SouljaGame Console is going for USD$150 while the handheld is USD$100).
That’s not even the sketchiest part of Soulja’s new endeavour.
The SouljaGame Console is touted as running “PS/NEOGEO/PC/SEGA/GBA/NES Video Games” and coming with 800 preinstalled games, while the SouljaGame Handheld says it supports “Switch/3DS/Vita/NEOGEO/GBC/Gameboy/GBA” and comes with 3,000 built-in games.
Nintendo Switch and 3DS games?
Hmmm, that sounds less of a console and more of an emulator, bro.
So not only is Soulja Boy just selling expensive emulators, he could also find himself in some kind of legal hole given how Nintendo is really cracking down on video game piracy lately.
Having said all that, the GOAT team haven’t gotten its hands on these consoles to verify all the advertised claims, and we probably won’t either given how stupidly expensive they are.
We have to give props to Soulja Boy for his entrepreneurial spirit, but if you want to drop money on an emulator that plays retro games, you’re better off getting legal classic mini-consoles from Sony and Nintendo instead.