Extreme Game Boy hack plays titles from a wide range of systems


[Akira] can play any Game Boy, GBC, GBA, NES, SNES, or SMS game while on the go thanks to all the work he put into this portable gaming hack. The outside seems familiar; it’s an original Game Boy case. But you should immediately notice that it has a few extra buttons. That’s the first clue that what’s inside isn’t stock… which is a huge understatement.

The idea for the project started off rather simple, but quickly got out of hand (check out the build log for full details on that). He thought it would be nice to have a backlight for the original screen. After mixed results he scrapped the original mainboard and started anew with some Nintendo DS Lite hardware. It had a broken LCD connector so he tried a couple of different fixes to get it working again. After some success he started adding more equipment, like the extra pair of buttons, a better speaker on the battery door, and the microSD add-on you can see above.

You can catch a demo of the finished goods after the jump.

[Thanks Downing]


  1. Nick says:

    That’s awesome! Love the color scheme too!

  2. FiLeSpaCe says:

    wow…now thats impressive….i gotta pull this off as well.

  3. Steve says:

    Very nicely made!

  4. Downing says:

    Awesome work man! Great job!

  5. Hack Man says:

    Only the game Boy, GBC, GBA, NES, SNES, or SMS?

    Buy a DS and a USB memory cart and emulate:

    Arcade,Atari 2600,Chip- 8,Colecovision,Commodore64,Dreamcast VMU,Gameking,Gameboy/Gameboy Colour,GameGear/Sega Master System,Genesis,Msx,NeoGeo Pocket,Nes,ScummVM,Snes,Spectrum,TI 85 Calculator,Vectrex,Watari Supervision,Wonderswan


    No hardware hacks required!

  6. pooty says:
  7. Eirinn says:

    Very nice! Not good for playing DS games on now that the bottom screen is gone – but very impressive.

    • kaidenshi says:

      There are some great DS titles that don’t use the lower screen for more than static info or graphics that aren’t essential to gameplay. Still, I could see a nice second screen hack that fits into the original cartridge slot. It would be a lot of work but would be much more interesting than blinkenlights.

      I think I’ll take the lazy route and get a flash cart for my DSLite, I don’t have the time or patience to pull this great hack off.

  8. dext0rb says:

    Sweet looking hack!

  9. ZeroCool says:

    All that in a classic case. Impressive indeed. Anyone that says otherwise is a lamer.

  10. Bill Gander says:

    Man I doubt I could cram that in there! Nice job and the finished build looks great! Gonna have to stick with my PXP until I get your skills. Great job on getting the old machine back up and running too :)

  11. Looks like traffic has crashed his site

  12. Eveready Bunny says:

    What i wonder is why know one has made a 3D printed copy of a Game Boy and then add full functionality. It would also allow the button layout to be manipulated to look more esthetically pleasing.

  13. Andrew Strom says:

    I’m wondering how you got the micro SD card reader connected to it. I couldn’t find anything about it in the build log.

  14. vince says:

    this is amazing, there anyway you would build me one? i have no way of doing this myself or know anyone capable of pulling this off. i doubt you would but its worth a shot.. name your price lol

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