We've often shared our admiration for the technical wizardry that's often applied to console mods and creations, as talented gamers see how far they can push readily available tools for unique results. Now there's what is possibly the smallest Game Boy in the world doing the rounds, and it works.
A keynote from the 2016 Hackaday SuperConference is below, in which the creator of a tiny Game Boy shows how he made it. The outcome is impressive, even to the point that he shows it attempting to run modern-day games; it's not technically a Game Boy, but it's awesome enough that we don't really care. The keynote and some further details are below.
Jeroen Domburg, aka Sprite_TM, did just this, building a key-chain sized Game Boy Color that functions just like the original with a few extra secrets inside.
Based on a color OLED screen, and driven by an ESP32 micocontroller, this tiny Game Boy includes direction pad, buttons, audio, and the ability to load new games wirelessly. Sprite_TM discusses the design and build process in this talk he presented at the 2016 Hackaday SuperConference.
It's another fun project to admire, and it makes the NES Mini look like an over-sized beast. Let us know what you think of Sprite_TM's project in the comments.
[source youtube.com, via tinycartridge.com]
Great. Just great
We've come a long way. My mind boggles.
Can't watch video as I'm in work, is it a lot of work to build? Anybody here gonna try and build it?
Yeah, cuz...you know...you never know when you'll find a mouse in your home, and you're all like, "hey, instead of eating my food and spreading pestilence, maybe I could interest you in some Tetris, instead?"
I mean...'tis the season for giving...
Too small to watch...
Cool but unless I'm a baby again, I probably won't be able to play small stuff like this anymore.
@CanisWolfred That's one use for it, certainly.
@retro_player_22 @CanisWolfred Getting turned into a baby or generosity to mice? Those are HUGE (if not surreal) markets!
Anyway, this thing looks kinda cool. I don't really care how it works, but that "results" sequence was neat.
Can you get a tiny magnifier/light accessory!?!
I want to live in a world where Nintendo sells this!
For anyone wanting to skip to the part where he plays it, skip to 36:58.
That was a tiny bit awkward.
A shame about no SRAM support. Overall, it looks like a very nice build. You can tell he put a lot of effort into it. Also love the part where he acts like it's actually running The Witcher 3.
They should make it standard GBA layout though. Controls on the left and right of the screen instead of right below, giving your fingers a bit more breathing room.
I would buy it. (^_^ )
these people are amazing. I can't even troubleshoot my laptop, let alone build a thing that works. (T_T )
Wait thirty more years: we'll be able to play Super Smash Bros. Brawl on our watch by then.
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