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War Game Boy

The Nintendo Game Boy you see above belonged to a soldier during the Gulf War in 1990-91, and was damaged when a bomb hit the barracks he was staying in. Believe it or not, the game console still functions when plugged in, but it now perpetually runs Tetris at Nintendo World in New York City. Continue reading to view more things worn down by time. Click here for a few bonus images.

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HyperKin SmartBoy

HyperKin's SmartBoy started out as an April Fools' Day joke a while back, but now it has become a reality. It's currently compatible with Samsung smartphones that have a USB-Type C port, like the Galaxy S8, and it works with both Game Boy and Game Boy Color cartridges. Priced at $49.99, it's designed to look and feel like a real handheld gaming console. "The SmartBoy has been about two years in the making - three if you count the months we were kicking around the idea. From an April Fool's Joke, to a successful dev kit, and now an officially licensed device, that little guy has come a long way," said Hyperkin Product Developer, Chris Gallizzi. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one explaining how long humans could survive in space without a spacesuit.

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Super Retro Boy

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The NES Classic Edition may still be sold out everywhere, but soon, you'll be able to get your hands on a modern pocket-sized Game Boy, called the "Super Retro Boy". Featuring a 10-hour internal battery, backlit display, and compatibility with Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance cartridges - a 10-in-1 cartridge is included. Expect to pay $79.99 when it hits stores this August. Click here for a few hands-on images. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Game Boy Smartphone

If Nintendo ever partners with a mobile phone manufacturer (HTC, ASUS, etc.) to create a smartphone, it would probably look something like this, or at least color scheme wise. The "Smart Boy" looks normal, but when the "Game Bat" accessory pad is attached, it becomes a full-fledged mobile gaming device. Since Nintendo has just started with mobile games, it would only make sense to capitalize on their namesake, especially with all of the different limited special editions they could release. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Modern Game Boy
Modern Game Boy

The Nintendo Switch may be launching in a few months, but there are still gamers waiting for an updated Game Boy, and this device, by F. Renner, gives us a glimpse at one possible design. It sports a cartridge slot, widescreen HD display, an SNES gamepad-style button layout, headphones jack, and traditional on / off switch as well as a volume toggle. If this were released today, we'd expect it to have WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth, and possibly a 4G data connection for gaming on-the-go. Continue reading for more pictures, including one of a special Fallout edition.

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Hyperkin Smart Boy

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Hyperkin's Smart Boy case has become a reality, and it was debuted at E3 2016 in Los Angeles this past week. Unfortunately (or fortunately), this accessory now only supports Android handsets. This isn't just an emulator-based gimmick, but rather a case that accepts real Game Boy cartridges, which slot into the back. Continue reading for a side profile picture and more information.

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Game Boy Hacked

Thanks to Raspberry Pi, this modder was able to hack an original Nintendo Game Boy into a multi-platform machine, capable of playing just about any classic title. That's right, running software known as "Emulation Station," this Pi-powered creation runs NES, SNES, Genesis, etc. games, complete with makeshift shoulder triggers, while additional the X and Y buttons were sourced from an old Super Nintendo controller. After some re-soldering and dremeling, a functional SD to Micro SD adapter was added inside the system. Plus, these mods also give it USB charging for added convenience. Continue reading for a video of a functional game console made from an Altoids tin.

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Modern Game Boy

If Nintendo released a modern tribute to the classic Game Boy, it would probably look something like Florian Renner's creation. Taking another look at his incredible design, we see that the classic button layout has been retained, along with the top-loading game cartridge slot. "The project target was to keep the catchy elements of the original and adapt them to the functions and requirements of current games. In addition to the existing materiality, there is a variation from sustainable natural fiber reinforced plastic," said Renner. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of Kylo Ren being inserted into random famous TV shows and movies.

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FreezerBoy Refrigerator Game Boy Magnets

FreezerBoy Refrigerator Magnets literally turn your fridge, or other home appliances, into a massive Game Boy, albeit one that doesn't work. "Available for fridges of all sizes, this magnet set transforms your kitchen into a vintage geek shrine. These magnets turn your fridge into a giant gaming system, ready to have it's button's pushed. Give a few taps on the D-pad along with a few jabs on the A button and you'll be ready to crack open that freezer in search of a few frosty beverages," according to the product page. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of British road rage at its finest.

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Game Boy Macro

Have a broken Nintendo DS just collecting dust? Then it may be time to transform it into a Game Boy Macro. It's essentially a DS modded to run without a top screen, and when paired with a nice looking outer shell, it becomes a whole new console, similar to the Game Boy Advance. For those wondering why there's a black border, the modded console creates this to maintain the same aspect ratio/resolution of a Game Boy Advance. Click here for more pictures. Continue reading for a three part tutorial video series on how to make your own.

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