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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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Game Boy 1UP

If Nintendo were to put a modern twist on the Game Boy, it'd probably look like the 1UP, by German designer Florian Renner. Think of it as a cross between a Game Boy Advance and Wii U. The portable console itself would be constructed from injection-molded plastic reinforced with natural fiber, complete with game cartridge slot. Continue reading for a picture of the Fallout 4 version.

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FreezerBoy Game Boy Magnets

FreezerBoy is perfect for gamers who've always wanted a giant Game Boy, as it's basically a set of 6 removable (dry-erase friendly) magnets that not only work on fridges, but other home appliances as well. In related news, did you know that Nintendo's Game Boy is the company's second handheld system following the Game & Watch series, which was introduced in 1980? It combined features from both the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game & Watch, originally bundled with the puzzle game Tetris. Get a set here now.

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Hyperkin Smart Boy

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Originally an April Fools' Day joke, Hyperkin's Chris Gallizzi announced that Smart Boy, an iPhone 6 accessory that transforms the device into a functional Game Boy, is going to be a real product. Think of it as a dock of sorts, complete with a Game Boy cartridge slot. When the phone is plugged in, simply launch the app, connect the controlpad via Bluetooth, and you'll be ready for some retro gaming action. Continue reading for a diagram showing how it will work.

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What happens when you combine a Rasberry Pi (512MB version), a broken Nintendo Game Boy, and lots of work? The retro gaming powerhouse you see above, which was created by YouTube user "kman316". For those who aren't as technically skilled, we recommend just purchasing an AFUNTA game player. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what happens when two guys accidentally get put on Kiss Cam at a baseball game.

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Tired of waiting around for third party companies to release an awesome gamepad for Android smartphones? Then look no further than this custom creation, which literally transforms a classic Game Boy into a functional gamepad. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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