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Arduino Gamepack: Make Your Own Open Source Gameboy

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Sure, you can pick up a used Gameboy for about $20 bucks over on eBay these days, but why buy one when you could build one for yourself?

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Matt over at Liquidware decided to build an “open source Gameboy” (known as the Gamepack) using off-the-shelf parts, including the modder-friendly Arduino microprocessor. While the Arduino may provide the brains of the operation, the 128×128 TouchShield Stealth color OLED touchscreen is most definitely the soul. Rounding out the build is an Inputshield board, which provides a tiny joystick (complete with rumble) and control buttons as well as a flat Lithium battery pack.

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The Gamepack system is now available in kit form so you can build one for yourself. At this point, the Gamepack only runs some rudimentary homebrew demo code, but the hope is that others who grab the kit will contribute more advanced games, or maybe even a Nintendo emulator.

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At $249 for the Gamepack kit, you could buy more than 10 used Gameboys. But none of them would be nearly as cool as the one you built yourself.

[Liquidware Antipasto via Boing Boing Gadgets]





Comments (3):

  1. manchicken says:

    That’s pretty neat.

  2. Alex Andersson says:

    It’s also pretty pointless…

  3. Bob Jones says:

    i would like to say that I am disgusted with Matt, who built this “open source” gameboy
    I have scoured the internet looking for instructions on how to build this, but all i see is a 250 dollar price tag on something that cant even play tetris. This is the exact opposite of open source as you are charging obscene amounts of money for something that should be free. Now I do understand that you need to make money off of this, so why not a $30 set for kids to build? you are charging more than a Nintendo DS for something that cant do jack. It would nice to have instructions out there to build something like this from scratch. Its time to stop being greedy Matt, and actually give back to the community

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