In the past months we’ve seen retro video game consoles based on the Raspberry Pi stuffed in ever shrinking Game Boy (or Game Boy–inspired) cases. So it’s refreshing to see the opposite for once: a huge Game Boy replica with a 19″ screen.
Game backup devices and hardware mods let you extract the data from video game cartridges into playable ROMs, but most of them require deep technical knowledge and are each compatible with only a few – if not just one – consoles.
Last year Adafruit showed us how to make the PiGRRL, a Game Boy-inspired handheld NES and MAME emulator. Now the electronics shop presents the Pocket PiGRRL, a multi-console emulator with a case that’s inspired by the Game Boy Pocket.
Do you have a Nintendo DS Lite with a broken top screen? Anthony Thomas can turn it into a Game Boy Advance for you. Anthony calls the resulting modded device the Game Boy Macro.
Here’s one of Anthony’s Game Boy Macros booting up:
Anthony can send you a Game Boy Macro for $130 (USD); $110 if you’ll provide the DS Lite to be converted.
Redditor tempal78 made these life-size wooden engravings of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue‘s box art as a birthday gift for a friend. He used a laser engraving machine to etch the designs then finished them by hand.
Retro console maker Hyperkin pulled a ThinkGeek this past April Fools, using the day as a risk-free consumer survey. The company released a “fake” press statement about a concept called the Smart Boy, an add-on for the iPhone 6 Plus that adds a Game Boy and Game Boy Color cartridge slot and physical controls.
While some geeky gift box subscriptions offer merchandise related to your favorite games, the new UK-based My Retro Game Box actually sends video games, albeit used ones from classic systems.
For about $35 (USD) you’ll get one to three used games from cartridge-based consoles every month.
Nintendo has released some odd and obscure accessories in the past – like the Game Boy Camera and Game Boy Printer, two accessories for Nintendo’s original 8-bit handheld. Now a Russian artist has hacked together a Game Boy-photo-gun-printer by mashing them all together.
We’ve seen Optimus Prime and Megatron as the PlayStation and Sega Mega Drive respectively. Here are various Gundam dressed up as even older consoles: Famicom, Super Famicom, Sega Mega Drive, PC Engine aka Turbografx-16 and two Game Boys.
At first glance these plates look like typical vintage Blue Willow plates, but upon closer inspection you will see that they actually combine the Willow pattern with graphics from Game Boy versions of the Legend of Zelda and Pokémon games.
We’ve featured several DIY classic console emulators based on the Raspberry Pi. If you’d rather buy than build one, keep an eye on Rose Colored Gaming’s Facebook page. The console modding shop will soon release a Raspberry Pi handheld system, with a case based on the original Game Boy.
If you want to give your kitchen a Nintendo theme, this Refrigerator Game Boy Decal is the way to start. This decal turns your boring and plain refrigerator into a not so portable gaming device – one that has Tetris on the screen.
We’ve seen retro console emulators based on the Raspberry Pi crammed inside a Game Boy and a Game Boy Pocket’s body. Bacman forum member Frostedfires wanted to use the Game Boy Advance SP’s case, but the Pi wouldn’t fit inside it.
This steampunk Nintendo Game Boy is the portable gaming choice of the distinguished gentleman or lady who wants to game while riding in the coach or on a steamship cruise. It’s classy. An elegant console from a more civilized age.
Zane Amiralis and Joshua de Haan want you to dust off your old Game Boy and give it a much needed upgrade. Their Hdmyboy hardware mod upscales the video from the handheld gaming device into high definition, which you can then view on a modern display via an HDMI cable.
Great news! The crap games in airplane seatbacks’ days might be numbered. No longer will you have to play crummy knock-offs of Flash games that were popular a few years ago with the bored-homemaker-who-turned-the-cleaning-over-to-a-Roomba demographic. Someday soon, you could be playing classic Nintendo Game Boy games, which would be so much better.