Nintendo released the original Game Boy in Japan during April 1989, then North America, three months later, priced at $89.99 or $187.83 with inflation. Today, genuine sealed systems fetch upwards of $2,200 USD, and this person thought they had purchased one of them for a steal at a garage sale. Unfortunately, things weren’t as they seemed, especially when he noticed that the tape didn’t appear to be original. Read more for the unboxing video and additional information.
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Remember the Game Boy Advance SP? If so, then this custom N64 portable may look familiar. Gman Modz unveils the N64SP. It uses a real Nintendo 64 motherboard that has been chopped down to fit inside a 3D-printed shell with clear resin and then painted with Tamiya clear red paint. That’s not all, the buttons were also printed on the Form2 3D printer, molded, and then cast in resin. The end result is essentially an N64 that you can take anywhere. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.