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This awesome hack updates the classic Nintendo Game Boy for today

This guy used a Raspberry Pi Zero to grant his classic Game Boy a color screen, additional buttons and a modified cartridge system.

Published onApril 7, 2016

Game Boy Zero

Nostalgia is a great thing. It can make you miss a time and place in your life so much that you’ll go to extreme measures to recreate it. Such is the case with YouTuber Wermy, who loved the look and feel of the classic nintendo Game Boy so much he went to some pretty impressive lengths to make it relevant again, complete with color screen, additional buttons and a modified cartridge system.

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As you may have guessed, there’s a little bit more than superficial stuff going on here, requiring a whole lot of drilling, soldering and electronics know-how to make it all come together. This pimped out Game Boy has a 3.5-inch color display, additional X and Y buttons (pulled from an original NES controller), trigger buttons craftily located on the back, microUSB charging, a 2,000 mAh battery, HDMI and USB ports and even Bluetooth.

Wermy used a Raspberry Pi Zero to run a Nintendo emulator capable of running games all the way up to Game Boy Advance and added a microSD card adapter to an original game cartridge, breathing new life – and far more computing power – into this classic gaming handheld. Much of the process is detailed on Imgur and you can check out the comments on YouTube for further answers to the countless questions you likely have.

What do you think is the all-time best handheld? Have you ever tweaked a gadget to give it additional functionality?