Game Gear HDMI with SNES Controller

With its backlit color screen and Master System compatibility, the Game Gear was years ahead of its main competition. The major downside was that it tore through alkaline batteries quickly, and for that reason the cheaper but less equipped Game Boy was still able to compete. Since we live in the future, however, the Game Gear has received new life with many modifications that address its shortcomings, including this latest one that adds an HDMI output.

The core of the build is an FPGA which is used to handle pixel decoding and also handles the HDMI output. The FPGA allows for a speed high enough to handle all the data that is required, although [Stephen] still has to iron out some screen-filling issues, add sound over HDMI, and take care of a few various pixel glitches. To turn this hack into a complete hodgepodge of adapters, though, [Stephen] has also added an SNES controller adapter to the Game Gear as well. Nintendo has featured Sonic in many of its games, so although we may have disagreed back in the early 90s we think that this Sega/Nintendo pairing is not crossing any boundaries anymore.

Game Gears have had their share of other modifications as well to make them more capable as a handheld system than they were when they were new. We’ve also seen them turned into a console system (they were Master System compatible, after all) and converted into other things entirely, too.

10 thoughts on “Game Gear HDMI with SNES Controller

    1. Every time a video is filmed vertically a person gets punched in the face. That person that gets punched is the person filming it….. the person who punched them?….. well that’s me of course. Anybody got this jackass’s address?

    1. Didn’t think it was a big deal for a hand assembled prototype, it made trace routing cleaner. I’m going to remove the electrolytic cap pad so I have room to orient it the same as the other resistor arrays.

  1. The Game Gear was “years ahead of its main competition” in terms of brand recognition (absolutely). It was definitely *not* “years ahead of its main competition” in terms of design (including the back light). We had an Atari Lynx, Game Gear and several 1st gen Gameboys when I was a kid. Lynx was top-dog in terms of design, without question. Its library was too small but the games were unique. I still play those games often. Game Gear’s ports can be played in their superior form on other hardware.

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