Remember those Classic Console key chains that you can still find at gas stations? Well, one modder turned one into what could possibly be the world’s smallest Nintendo Game Boy, or at least its shell. Inside, there’s an ESP32 processor, 8MB of RAM, 16MB of Flash memory, integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity, and even a built-in speaker.
The Nintendo Game Boy Pocket was first released in 1996 and for some, it was the perfect size, powered by just two AAA batteries, which provided 10-hours of gameplay. Then came the Game Boy Advance SP in 2003 with a folding design, but what if you were to add a hinge to the Pocket? One modder decided to see if it was possible to add a hinge to the smaller handheld.
First, there was this Elden Ring SNES demake, now 64 Bits has reimagined Stray for the Nintendo Game Boy. This third-person Unreal Engine 4-powered adventure game was originally released on the PS4 / 5 and PC platforms earlier this year, with players controlilng a stray cat who travels by leaping across platforms as well as climbing obstacles.
Photo credit: Ninjamal
Mass Effect Advance Wars looks great on Game Boy Advance, but what about Paper Mario? Pixel artist Ninjamal shows us what a Paper Mario demake would look like on the 32-bit handheld game console that was first released in 2001. This title combined elements from role-playing, action-adventure, and puzzle genres with players controlling a paper cutout version of Mario.
You’ve seen the Metroid Prime 2D remake, now check out what ‘Better Call Saul’ would look like as a Nintendo Game Boy game. In a short teaser video, we see that you’re able to play as some of your favorite characters from the hit TV show, including Jimmy McGill aka Saul Goodman, Kim Wexler, and Finger. There are various levels inspired by episodes that span 6 seasons, whether it be the desert or escaping from the diabolical Lalo.
Photo credit: Christopher Graves
Inventor and gamer Christopher Graves transformed a Nintendo Game Boy Pocket console into a fully-functional Game Boy DSLR camera. This wasn’t simply putting a Game Boy Camera inside a Game Boy Pocket case, as it required a custom PCB, a custom leatherette shell, a ‘shutter’ button, CS/C lens mount, cold shoe, 1/4″ mounting screw, strap lugs, and more.
The original Nintendo Game Boy was released on April 21, 1989 in Japan and since then, several iterations have hit the market, including the Game Boy Advance. Obirux wanted to give the classic handheld game console a somewhat modern makeover in landscape form and the sleek DMG-0B Prototype is the result.
Developer Randy Linden of SNES DOOM fame was apparently working on Quake for Game Boy Advance before it was canceled during the prototype phase. Forest of Illusion, a video game archivist, managed to discover a 256MB Flash cart that had a playable ROM of this game.
The unofficial Elden Ring demake for the Nintendo Game Boy has been released, and you can play it in a web browser, on actual hardware, or using an emulator. You read that right, playing it on a real-life Nintendo Game Boy is possible if you first download the .gb file and write it to a flashcart. For those with an Analogue Pocket, simply get the .pocket file instead.
TinyTendo isn’t the first retro handheld game console that can play NES games, but it’s one of the only we know of to use actual hardware. How so? Its creator took real NES chips that have been physically cut and then grounded down to a smaller size. More specifically, it was sanded down to the die and leads, resulting in a 10mm x 10mm x 2mm piece that is surface mountable.