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GameCube Handheld Console RetroBlock2
Successor to the N64 controller, the GameCube version evolves that design in many ways, including a more conventional handlebar style shape, while a second analog stick was added, replacing the C buttons with a C stick and the X and Y face buttons, last seen on the Super Nintendo controller. Pierre-Louis Boyer is such a fan of the design that he used it as inspiration for a handheld game console, called the RetroBlock2. Read more for a video detailing the build and to see it in-action.

Game Boy Camera Webcam
Photo credit: Bernard
Nintendo originally released the Game Boy Camera on February 21, 1998 and it was designed to capture grayscale photographs or create original drawings as well as transferring images between units or to the 64DD art game suite Mario Artist. It boasted a 180°-swivel camera that enabled users to capture selfies. Images could be printed to thermal paper with the Game Boy Printer. The cartridge itself contains minigames based on Nintendo’s early games such as the arcade video game Space Fever and the Game & Watch handheld game Ball, and a chiptune music sequencer. Bernard Capulong managed to turn this device into a functional webcam. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.

Solar-Powered Game Boy
Photo credit: Northwestern University
At first glance, this appears to be a colorful Game Boy, but as you get closer, you’ll see that it’s actually a custom-built gaming device that doesn’t need any batteries at all. Researchers at Northwestern University and the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands, created a device that not only harvests energy from the sun, but from user actions as well, thus enabling one to game forever without having to stop and recharge the battery. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Nintendo Wii Game Boy Color Wiiboy
Pjhoto credit: Ginger Of Mods
The Nintendo Wii was first released on November 19, 2006, and this seventh generation console was meant to compete with Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3, succeeding the GameCube. What set it apart was the Wii Remote controller, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and which detects movement in three dimensions. One modder decided to create a portable version of it in a Game Boy Color-sized package. Read more for a video and additional information.

3D-Printed DSLR Lens Adapter Game Boy Camera
Sam McKenzie just so happened to have a functional Game Boy Camera, so he wondered what kind of photos would be possible with a DSLR lens. Fortunately, Thingverse had plans for a lens adapter you could 3D print at home, thus the project began. In the end, a classic Game Boy Camera with 70-200mm lens was used to capture a few photographs, with one of them being printed onto canvas. Read more for a video and additional information.

PiBoy DMG Raspberry Pi 4
Many know that the Raspberry Pi 4 is a powerful mini computer that some have already turned into portable game consoles, but Experimental Pi’s PiBoy DMG is the first to offer a complete kit. In other words, you won’t have to fabricate anything yourself. You can either get a DIY base kit or a fully assembled version, complete with the Raspberry Pi 4. Read more for two hands-on videos and additional information.

95-year-old Grandmother Game Boy Nintendo
There was a story in Asahi Shimbun, one of Japan’s largest newspapers, from 70-year-old Kuniko Tsusaka who recounted how her mother always played Tetris on a Game Boy, but when she turned 95, it suddenly stopped working. It was her third Game Boy since she started playing, but unfortunately, there are no stores in Chiba selling a new or used unit, nor were any shops able to fix the broken device. Tsusaka’s son knew that Nintendo has had excellent customer service, and the rest is history. Read more for an unboxing video and additional information.

Retroflag GPi Raspberry Pi Computer Game Boy
Photo credit: Reddit
Retroflag’s GPi case transforms the Raspberry Pi Zero into a Game Boy-like console that can play various titles through emulation. There have been many custom-built handhelds similar to this one, but now, Retroflag has taken all of the drilling, cutting, and soldering out of the build, since their case comes completely assembled. Simply install the included Raspberry Pi Zero-W in the cart (pogopin connector), put in AA batteries, and you’ll be ready to play. Product page. Read more for a video and additional information.

Limited Run Games Star Wars
Limited Run Games partnered with LucasArts to release physical cartridges of Star Wars for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy packaged in what looks like toy boxes from the 1980s. Unfortunately, these games won’t come with any limited edition action figures, but we do know that both will be available this Friday, June 28th, alongside Bounty Hunter, which only comes in a standard PS4 box. Read more for the official Tweet and additional information.

Nintendo Game Boy ASMR
You’ve probably heard of ASMR, or the autonomous sensory meridian response, and it refers to an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. YouTube user “Odd Tinkering” may have unintentionally created one of the geekiest ASMR videos about the Nintendo Game Boy. “As a 90’s kid I thought it would be cool to restore a Gameboy. Or should I say retrore. I bought this one from Japan. It’s obviously dirty but it’s also very yellow no rust this time,” said Odd Tinkering. Read more for the clip and additional information.