Happy birthday Gameboy

In honor of Gameboy’s 20th birthday, Stupidinventions has released a video showing how to replace the screen. They tend to be a common weak point. Essentially, they just bought another , we’re assuming broken, Gameboy and swapped them out. Not a horribly complicated hack, but nice to know that it’s so easy. We have fond memories of the Gameboy, which came flooding back when he blew in the cartridge.  Happy Birthday Gameboy.

Comments

  1. thecircusb0y says:

    If its the gameboys birthday, and this is hackaday, why not include links to all the latest gameboy projects for DJ’ing, sound processing, and home brew?
    I’m just as nostalgic and I remember my first gameboy, and having to get an AC adapter to keep playing long hours.
    But come on, Hackaday is sexier then just posting a picture of some dude taking apart a gameboy to replace the screen from another gameboy… Thats not a hack. It’s just repairing with replacement parts.

  2. bort says:

    gameboy hacks –>

  3. Caleb Kraft says:

    As bort pointed out, there’s a gameboy category on the right. There were just too many to link in this post.

  4. Ziarkaen says:

    He spends a little too long advising people about he whole 4 tools needed for the hack. 1 of which is the gameboy itself… The other of which is a “plastic cup or other device” to hold the screws…

  5. I hope you all liked the video!

    I agree with you ziarkaen, but this was meant to help out and explain fixing the Gameboy to people with zero electronics experience whatsoever, so i’m sorry if i repeat myself in the video!

    Also, although there are much more awesome gameboy hacks on this site, I think they posted mine because it mentions and was made to celebrate the Gameboy’s 20th birthday, which was this past tuesday.

    Thanks!
    Zachary
    Stupid Inventor

  6. slackman says:

    Is it just me, or does anyone else find him uncomfortable to watch? — Seems a little twitchy :p

  7. Gee, thanks Slackman….

    i actually agree with you, normally i would do a retake when i start to stutter or forget what i’m saying, but with this video i did everything in one take because i was pressed for time.

    watch my other videos and let me know if you have the same problem, thanks!

  8. arrangemonk says:

    i would have left the processor in the old case and the screen in the new case and simply put old back and new front togehter(since the new front is in better shape and orginal gameboy parts should be compatible for screwing)

  9. SheeEttin says:

    Nonsense! I’ve never needed a tri-wing screwdriver. My 1.8 mm flathead works just fine. (Takes a little extra pressure, but it doesn’t destroy the heads.)

  10. jbotalan says:

    I find this video a bit amateurish. The sped-up part is WAYY too long! (I made the same mistake in the creation of a class project)

  11. Nicklaus Michael (Cold) says:

    Let me get this straight… he bought a gameboy that works.. to replace the screen of a gameboy that didnt work..??? why not throw out the broken one and just use the one you bought!? Or throw it back into the electronic junk pile…

  12. strider_mt2k says:

    Dude.
    You’re keeping original game boy hardware working!

    if I could shake your hand and buy you a cup of coffee i’d do it in a heartbeat!
    Nice work!

    Happy Birthday (belatedly) game boy!

    I run a portable emulator system now, but it all started with game boy back when it first came out.
    I still carry all my GB and GBC favorites to this day.

    Be well!

  13. Thanks strider_mt2k!

    yeah i have my fav GB and GBC games running on an emulator on my DS, but it’s just not the same as holding the loveable grey brick in my hands!

    Glad you enjoyed! Check out the rest of my Stupid Inventions and let me know what you think!

    Zachary Snyder
    Stupid Inventor

  14. thecircusb0y says:

    yeah i retract my comment. I’m sorry, was in a bad mood and I guess hackaday took my fodder.

    hackaday, you rock.

  15. .-. says:

    @first post
    cause its not handed on a plate to caleb, if its not in a instructables email he don’t know shit.

    seriously, i wish will hadnt left this sinking ship

  16. saskrotch says:

    there’s some tips on how to fix screens here

    http://8bitcollective.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=5679

    mostly either pressure or heat on the dead pixels

  17. jale says:

    is it just me or why didn’t you just use the gameboy you bought instead of going through all this?

  18. useless says:

    This is useless. Use the new GB instead, which is in better shape !!!
    What we are looking for is to replace a defective screen by a new one and not taken from an original GB.

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