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Gameboy Build

  • After enjoying my arcade build for a couple of years, whilst also using my Nintendo Switch more and more, I decided I needed a handheld addition to the retrogaming family.

    Here's my photolog of my second retrogaming build: an (almost) original Gameboy!

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    I stumbled upon the Sudomod forum, and in here is truly some great handheld builds, some of which is getting pretty close to minor assembly/plug n’ play.

    The Kiteretro Circuit Sword is one of them, and I must say, this board is like a piece of jewelry.

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    Having built-in arduino for controls, sound amplifier, wifi and a Raspberry Pi Compute 3 Module, this kit fits (almost) directly into an original Gameboy case. Teaming up with a childhood friend with a 3d printer at his disposal, getting this kit was a no-brainer.

    First, testing the board. The screen is a 320x240 LCD, and battery is a 5200 mAh LiPo - should give around 10 hours of gaming between charges.

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    I needed to salvage 2 original defective Gameboys for this build, so that I had the original buttons on front, they just have a special deep burgundy color that the reproduced ones doesn’t quite match.

    Assembling this kit into the original casing requires a bit of Dremeling and a little bit of soldering, but not much.

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    Since I always found the original Gameboy to be sexy as hell, I wanted the build to look as close to an original as possible. Only changes to the formfactor is 2 additional buttons on the front, 2 on the rear to mimic shoulder buttons, and the bigger screen. The screen protector glass looks as original as possible, same text “DOT MATRIX WITH STEREO SOUND” , and same grey color.

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    I attached a big heatsink onto the CM3 module, as this baby will be pretty closed in the end, with a cartridge fastened to the back. 3d-printed parts is partly hotglued/partly screwed into the original case. Hotglued the few wires here and there, to keep things just a bit tidy.

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    All set and all functional; my Gameboy build even has an analog volume controller on the side, so everything is as close to the original Gameboy as can be. The Link port is replaced with a USB port for connecting keyboards or such, microSD is where the contrast wheel used to be, and on the side is a USB-C port for charging the battery.

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    Please feel free to comment! Big thanks to Kiteretro for providing this kit, and remember to also check out the many other cool builds at
    Also a shout out to @fluffypillow for his Pegasus Frontend, which now supports small screens via the Micro theme :)

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    Look really nice, it looks like a work of love ! Enjoy your new GameBoy !

  • @mitu thanks - it definitely is!

  • That is a beaut, definitely the most authentic looking build i have seen!

  • @AndersHP that is beautiful! I've got a PiGrrl that my brother-in-law made for me while back. I recently upgraded it from the original Pi A to the RPi 3 A+ and the thing runs like a dream now. (For anyone interested, the Adafruit project link says the RPi 3 A+ is not compatible, but I assure you that it is. I have the pictures to prove it.)

  • @chubsta @MetalManTN
    Aww, thanks guys! :)

  • Breathtaking build. I admire your manual skills.

  • @Clyde
    Thank you for the kind words :)

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