New mods and takes on classic hardware are a fun part of the gaming scene, as those with nostalgia for the good old days mess around with old systems to make them better or - sometimes - just sillier. A little while ago we shared the creation of a wide Game Boy Advance by YouTube channel / website The Retro Future, and now the same channel has brought our attention to a project that is pretty much the opposite.
In the video below the channel looks at what they call the Game Boy Atom in the video title; its actual name is 'Thumby', and we'll get to the specifics after the video.
Thumby is the work of Tiny Circuits, which has a whole range of products that make things as small as possible. It's not exactly a miniaturised Game Boy clone, but rather utilises Raspberry Pi and has five basic games pre-loaded - one looks like Snake, another is basically Tetris. That Pi board and connectivity does mean that it'll be open to modding and playing around for those that have the expertise, with Tiny Circuits saying people will be able to make their own games that run on the unit.
So, while it looks like a basic keychain souvenir it is actually a functional device, though you likely need tiny hands or long-ish fingernails to even think about using that D-Pad and buttons.
It's extremely niche then, and it'll be popping up on Kickstarter on 28th September. You can see loads of information on the Thumby website, and a press release confirms it'll cost $19 with 50 'early-bird' editions at half price when the Kickstarter launches.
As a collectable it looks like quirky fun; as for playing it, if the original 3DS gave you hand cramps then you should probably steer clear.
[source thumby.us, via youtube.com]
Natural question: ...but why?
Natural answer: but why not?
As if my eye problems weren't already bad enough.
Game boy Hamster edition
A gameboy for Smurfs.
"Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn't stop to think if they should."
Game Boy for The Smurfs ? 😆
Perfect a gameboy I can give to my hamster.
It doesn't run actual Game Boy games (I mean in ROM form obviously) so it kinda doesn't really count imo. If you don't have to conform to the display resolution and details of the Game Boy then it might as well just be some random little keychain game thing. Of course, I don't think the official product says it's a Game Boy--so maybe the problem is with the article and video (the thumbnail for the video looks to be misleading, showing proper Game Boy Tetris on the screen) and so on.
Bye bye eyes it was nice knowing you my best friend.
that will need a hell of a lot of accessibility functions!
This is even less practical than the Game Boy Micro, but I still oddly kind of want it.
What's this... a Gameboy for ants!?
Somebody saw Sega's Game Gear Minis and said "You think THAT is a small handheld?!".
Yesterday a story about games being inclusive for the blind, today stories of consoles virtually no one can see!!!
finally a game console at edible size
Most importantly, can it play doom?
The big problem with this is if you leave it in your draw, you'll probably never find it again.
Clearly this is what they should do with the Game Boy Classic Edition/ Classic Mini.
That pico must be modified?
This guy has Nintendo beat on accessibility options.
3: people who said it is "for smurfs"
2: people who said it is "for hamsters"
1: people who said it is "for ants"
Totally bizarre, crazy, my gerbil will love it.
needs a clip-on light and magnifier!
Wish people would stop calling this a gameboy.
It’s not. It’s a cut back raspberry pie with a small low res screen in the shape of a gameboy.
For it to be a gameboy, it’d have to play gameboy games, and it can’t.
Another in a long line of products that test the old adage, "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should".
Normal issue: it's hard to press some button combinations.
Issue here: it's impossible to press any button separately.
Nintendo Cease and Destroy Units have been deployed. Termination in approximately 4d 22hrs 12mins
The greatest tiny thing literally no one needs. Nice! Make it a tiny bit smaller and you can fit it through a needle...
@impurekind totally agree. ElliotfromTRF and NL could taste all those sweet sweet clicks and said it was a Game Boy anyway though. Elliot even went so far as to 'shop Tetris into the screen.
@Clammy 'It's not exactly a miniaturised Game Boy clone, but rather utilises Raspberry Pi'
Think everyone understood that from the article mate, cheers for the clarification though...
Not a Game Gear Micro all over again... And then I realize. This is NOT a Game Boy. This is one of those micro thingies. So this is just a lie. But still, Game Boy Micro (not the Game Boy Micro, that's something else)? NO!
Missed opportunity to call it the Thumb Boy
It is no doubt an impressive feat from the technical point of view, but as for utility... it's not for me
@Noisy_neighbour : well, stop calling it a bloody tiny gameboy then!
It’s a tiny piece of *****, in shape of a gameboy
What is this?!? A Game Boy for ants?!?
My Barbie dolls will finally have their own handheld gaming system to play!
@Gamecuber Ha! I immediately thought of Derek's phone!
And here I thought the Game Boy Micro was small.
Lol well mice wanna play Tetris too!
After scoffing at the concept initially, I soon grew to love the Funkey S. But with this, they've just gone too far.
Tip: skip to around 6 minutes in to see something actually running on it.
As ever with these videos, they drag it out as long as possible.
I'd rather pay 5 dollars for a nice keychain that looks like this, than 30+ for it to actually work but still be utterly unplayable.
If there was a question "how small is too small?" we have an answer.
It's cute, but pointless.
A Skyrim port is already in the works
Reminds me of the Pocket Sprite!
Except the PS plays actual GBC and NES
I already bought the FunKey-S for the size novelty, looks like I’ll be picking this up too. I love working miniatures.
I'm impressed they can do it, I'll give them that.
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