Ken Burns of Tiny Circuits is no stranger to creating tiny electronic devices, whether it be television sets or arcade games, but Thumby might be his most ambitious project yet. Ben Rose, the company’s chief engineer, wanted to make something even smaller that was inspired by the small screens on fitness trackers, but with the ability to play games on-the-go. The first prototype took around 10 iterations to get right. Read more for two videos, including a hands-on review.
West Yorkshire Police arrested three men linked to several car thefts in the area, but what they used to steal these vehicles is the surprising part. They discovered that the trio was using a Supreme-branded device that resembled a Nintendo Game Boy, although the hardware inside can’t be used to play games whatsoever. The device itself costs $27,000 USD and is designed to bypass the security system of the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid SUV. Read more for a video and additional information.
Macho Nacho Productions’ Tito created the Thicc Boi SP, and explains why it’s the last mod your Game Boy Advance SP will ever need. Why? Not only does it include a larger 4,500mAh lithium-polymer battery, but Bluetooth audio and wireless charging as well. The mod kit will be available to all soon, and there is some skill required to install everything, but thanks to flat flex technology, all you need is just a little soldering experience. Read more for a video showcasing the mod and how it works.
Game Boy Advance fans rejoice! Goodboy Galaxy is the first commercial GBA game that will be released in 13-years, complete with both digital and physical cartridge versions. This exploration-focused adventure platform game features tightly-packed levels with multiple routes, 50 characters that each of a friendship card, secret areas, and even an upgradeable blaster weapon with special abilities. Read more for a video, screenshots and additional information.
Sure, this isn’t a handheld game console that can be taken anywhere, but this nuclear-powered device is most certainly be a conversation piece. Inventor Ian Charnas decided to create a “Nuclear Game Boy” of sorts that runs on a nuclear-powered battery that takes around two months to fully charge. Unfortunately, it is only good for approximately 1-hour of Tetris gaming even after all that time spent powering up. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Yes, even 18-years after the original Nintendo Game Boy ceased production there is still at least one developer making new games for the console. Meet GreenBoy Games’ developer Dana Puch, a one-person studio still making physical cartridges, with the latest project being “The Shapeshifter”. Since Game Boy games are limited to 32kB and 1MB max in size, with 160×144 pixels resolution in just 4 colors, Puch had to get creative to make things work. Read more for two videos and additional information.
First released in February 2003, Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance SP is a little larger than the GBA when closed and approximately the same height as the Game Boy Color when open. What if there was a portable Wii in this same form factor? Meet the Wii SPii Portable. This custom game console took around a year to complete, beginning with the 3D printed case concepts to being able to run Wii and Gamecube game ISO files stored on an SD card as well as other games via emulators. Read more for a video and additional information.
Sure, the Nintendo Game Boy may be the third best-selling game console of all time, but sometimes, you just want a bigger version of it, and that’s where Game Man comes in. This isn’t an officially licensed Nintendo product, but rather a homemade creation that features a 3D-printed case, a 5.6-inch (640 x 480) display, audio video output and a Famicom motherboard. However, if you want to play more than just Nintendo games, there’s room for a Raspberry Pi computer in the case too. Read more for a video and the plans to build your own.
With the price of Bitcoin continuing its meteoric rise, along with other cryptocurrencies, it’s no surprise that some people are looking for creative ways to mine these coins. This person decided to not fight the scalpers for graphics cards and use a classic Nintendo Game Boy for mining operations, or so it appears. In reality, the Game Boy is connected to a PC using a Raspberry Pi Pico computer, while a level shifter handles the different voltage levels. Read more for a video and additoinal information.
Gamer and technology enthusiast Otto Climan decided to transform a Game Boy Color into a fully-functional Apple TV remote while still retaining its cartridge playing capabilities. First, he took an original Game Boy Color, upgraded the LCD, and then contacted Retro Modding for a custom white case, buttons, as well as a cartridge. Why is the cartridge significant? It contains all of the hardware necessary for the Apple TV remote. Read more for a video and additional information.