Think about if Nintendo made a Recreation Boy Advance with out the Advance half. That’s what online game console and handheld modder Obirux did: they created a reimagined authentic Recreation Boy handheld that retains the aesthetic language of the 1989 mannequin however reoriented it as a horizontally dealt with system akin to the Sega Recreation Gear, authentic GBA, and plenty of fashionable handheld techniques, together with the Nintendo Swap (via Gizmodo).
This creation is known as the Recreation Boy DMG-0B “Prototype,” a homage to the unique mannequin variety of the Recreation Boy DMG-01, the place DMG stands for Dot Matrix Recreation. Obirux has a brief list of what went into this modification: it required the sacrifice of two authentic Recreation Boy shells plus additional plastic, padding, and paint / dye. Then the unique display screen / entrance PCB board was eliminated and changed with a modified model of the PCB that comes with a replacement IPS screen kit — a contemporary display screen improve that provides a a lot clearer picture together with backlighting. It’s a strong improve over the fine-for-its-time Dot Matrix display screen and its odd distinction high quality. The display screen may output totally different hues, permitting for a semi-colorized look, together with a inexperienced pallet that echoes the unique Dot Matrix show.
Not solely was the display screen upgraded, however so was the battery. Obirux shed the 4 AA battery association and changed it with a Li-ion battery, which not solely saves a ton of area but in addition means the cells wouldn’t need to be separated into reverse ends of the hand-held like how Sega’s Recreation Gear had six AA batteries split in two housing sections. Different elements just like the buttons and ports had been reused and moved across the case. It even has a barrel energy connector as an alternative of a USB plug that different Recreation Boy modders have used, including to the genuine retro exterior look of the hand-held.
Obirux describes themself as “an artist constructing distinctive playable works” and works in building in London. Many mods constructed by Obirux find yourself for sale on their website, seemingly together with the WideBoy we simply checked out — although, like every thing else on the location, it’s already “offered out.”
I personally would love one of Obirux’s GameCube PC mods, as I’m a stickler for all issues GameCube: like this spice orange Switch dock made by Littlewolf128 or the WaveBird joycons constructed by Shank. Additionally, it might be actually cool to see one other one of these GameCube handhelds with an precise working slot-load disc drive.