American rapper Soulja Boy made it big with his 2007 smash hit ‘Crank That (Soulja Boy)’. One couldn’t say the same about his SouljaGame console. But 2021 marks round two for the artist, as he just announced a second shot at the gaming industry.
Another Soulja Boy console
Soulja Boy, whose real name is DeAndre Cortez Way, announced a new console on Twitter last week. He used the official Soulja Game console Twitter account for the announcement. After no one seemingly noticed the tweet (the account only has just over a thousand followers), he pointed it out again, this time using his main account (well over 5 million followers).
And here we are, Soulja Boy is gearing up to release a sequel to the SouljaGame console. You can catch a glimpse of the machine on the official Instagram page of SouljaGame, though an official name is yet to be announced. Based on the images, the console comes with what appears to be a bootleg PlayStation 2 controller. There’s no word on what type of ‘all new games’ fans of the rapper can expect.
Building a new console from scratch, all new design. All new games. All new deals. Let’s make history.
— SouljaBoyGame (@souljaboygame) February 13, 2021
According to the announcement, it’s going to be an all new, authentic gaming machine. While that seems to be an obvious feature of any other console, Soulja has had his reputation as a console maker tainted a bit.
Plenty of hype preluded his initial attempt at conquering the console market. However, immediately after release, people would discover the SouljaGame console to be a simple, overpriced emulator with pre-loaded, old Nintendo, PlayStation, and Sega games. Actually, it turned out to be a repackaged existing bootleg ROM-console to begin with.
After threats of a lawsuit by Nintendo, the rapper pulled SouljaGame cohsoles from his online store. But not before he announced his follow-up gaming devices, the SouljaGame Handheld, Retro SouljaBoy Mini, and SouljaGame Fuze. And youuuuu guessed it, all were pulled from sale almost immediately.