Earlier this week, Soulja Boy debuted his SouljaWatch to the masses. The design is aesthetically similar to an Apple Watch, allowing people to utilize various digital functions, such as texting, taking photos and making phone calls all from their wrists. The watch, which he first teased a prototype for years ago, is one of several new items the Chicago native is now selling. Now, the rapper is also debuting his own line of gaming consoles.
Keeping in line with the rapper's distinctive branding, the line of game consoles is aptly named "SouljaGame." Unfortunately, the products are not being as well received as the rapper-turned-entrepreneur may have been anticipating. Critics are pointing out that the products are merely bootleg, third-party emulators that have been repackaged utilizing his namesake.
The SouljaGame console and various handheld accessories were added to the digital SouljaWatch store on Wednesday (Dec. 5). While the details are a bit up for interpretation, the console reportedly comes with the ability to play 800 built-in games, while the handheld device boasts having 3,000 built-in games. As for the type of games available for the handheld, the website product description reads, "For Switch/3DS/Vita/NEOGEO/GBC/Gameboy/GBA Handheld Game Players."
As pointed out by several gaming sites including Games Radar, the models are developed by Anbernic, a company that sells its products through oversees-based retailer AliExpress. Unbranded versions of Soulja Boy's products are currently available for sale on the Chinese retailer's website and for much cheaper at that. The price on SouljaWatch.com for each of the consoles is $199.99 when they can be bought on AliExpress for much cheaper prices, such as $105.99 or $72.99 (for the handheld), comparatively.
While fans are vocalizing their less-than-impressed reactions to the possibly bootlegged merchandise, Soulja Boy is keeping it positive.
"To the first person that purchased my console you just brought tears to my eyes," he shared on Twitter. "Tears of joy! Thank you so much for your support I promise to continue my tech company and evolve it in the gaming world. I'm just a kid with a dream."
Later on, he added, "Wow made $250,000 from my game console it's only been less than 24hours since release wtf thank you guys so much."
Take a look at how fans are reacting to Soulja Boy's new line of gaming consoles below and be sure to check out SouljaWatch.com for more information.
To the first person that purchased my console you just brought tears to my eyes. Tears of joy! Thank you so much for your support I promise to continue my tech company and evolve it in the gaming world. I’m just a kid with a dream 🤷🏾♂️— Soulja Boy (Drako) (@souljaboy) December 5, 2018
Wow made $250,000 from my game console it’s only been less than 24hours since release wtf thank you guys so much 😳🙏🏾— Soulja Boy (Drako) (@souljaboy) December 6, 2018
Wow my Gameconsole has orders coming in every minute whoa! https://t.co/nKEeVX3g9Y— Soulja Boy (Drako) (@souljaboy) December 6, 2018
Better save that cash 💰 for the lawsuits coming at ya pic.twitter.com/558OEspMIN— The Ville is Back (@hgoldenfis) December 6, 2018
u really finessed these people, crazy— gekyume (@theboofpack) December 6, 2018
@NintendoAmerica is gonna have a field day with you in court— Al (@omn1slash) December 5, 2018
i think my favorite thing about the soulja boy handheld is the description— ruby (@RubysBubys) December 6, 2018
1. Thats not how weight works
2. Its white, in the photos, not black
3. "SouljaGame Video Game Console" is not a material
4. It doesnt play Switch, 3DS, or Vita games pic.twitter.com/XSoxSGHFrr
"Soulja Boy selling an $80 games console for two times its asking price and also including 800 games running on an emulator that he probably didn't even get permission to include" is probably the only way we could capstone 2018, let's be honest.— hi moments, Melee players need showers (@vietnamlevel) December 5, 2018
Soulja Boy releasing all this knockoff sh*t... knockoff airpods for $9.99?.. pic.twitter.com/NXMm85SI8N— Zé Taylor (@FATHERBONNET) December 6, 2018
You could have called it the SouljaBoy smh https://t.co/oAEkfuf5Od— Creflo T.Challa (@jscrogginsecn1) December 6, 2018
Imagine waking up Christmas morning and you open your gift from your girl— ❄️Feliz Navidaddy 🐝🇩🇴 (@SavinTheBees) December 6, 2018
And it’s the Souljaboy game console
"Soulja Boy is buying cheap emulator boxes off Ali Express and reselling them as his official console" is not the news I expected to wake up to https://t.co/bonb11QLH2— Frank Cifaldi (@frankcifaldi) December 5, 2018