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DIY solar powered Game Boy Pocket never needs to be plugged in (if there’s sunlight)

When the Game Boy Pocket was released in 1996, it was a smaller, lighter alternative to the original Game Boy with an improved (but still greyscale) display). But it still offered similar battery life (about 10 hours), while running on just two AAA batteries (rather than four AA batteries). But over the past few decades, […]

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Using a Game Boy Camera in 2021: Transfer crappy photos to your phone, use it as a webcam

The Game Boy Camera is a digital camera released in 1998 as an accessory for Nintendo Game Boy handheld game consoles. It allowed users to snap low-resolution, pixelated black and white images. You can save up to 30 images at a time, but the only way to get the images off the  Game Boy was […]

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Lilbits: Chip shortage, Pebble smartwatch afterlife, and mining Bitcoin with a Game Boy

The global chip shortage is leading to product delays and price increases for a wide range of products including automobiles, game consoles, and single board computers. And it could continue through much of 2021, and possibly into next year or beyond. There are a number of factors contributing to the shortage – rising demand for […]

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Lilbits: New tricks for old gadgets (Twitter for PalmOS, videos for Game Boys)

Mobile devices have come a long way in the past two decades. There are billions of smartphones in the world that people use to keep in touch, watch cat videos, and argue on social media. They’re basically pocket-sized computers. And while we had pocket-sized computers twenty years ago, they were much slower and much more […]

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Play Game Boy cartridges on your TV with RetroN Sq (up for pre-order now, ships in March)

The RetroN Sq started as a joke. In 2017 gaming accessory maker Hyperkin tweeted a drawing of a device that would let you play games from Game Boy cartridges on a TV. But that tweet came out ahead of April Fools’ Day and the company initially had no plans to release a real product with […]

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Researchers built a battery-free Game Boy

Most portable electronic gadgets these days ship with rechargeable batteries… and many modern smartphones and other devices support fast charging that lets you refuel quickly. But what if you didn’t need a battery at all? A team of researchers have developed a proof-of-concept handheld gaming device that doesn’t use a traditional battery. Instead it draws […]

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HyperKin’s RetroN Jr brings Game Boy to the big screen (cartridges and all)

Over the last few years we’ve seen surge in “retro consoles” designed to let you play classic games using modern hardware. There are official systems like the NES Classic, PlayStation Classic, and Genesis Mini. And there are unofficial systems like the Super Retro Champ, which lets you play SNES and Sega Genesis games on a […]

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Wanle iPhone case puts a game console on the back of your phone (Looks like a Game Boy, doesn’t play Game Boy games)

Want to play some classic games on your smartphone? Just fire up an emulator and your $1000 phone can run some decades-old, grayscale Game Boy games. But if you miss the physical buttons, greyscale (or greenscale) display, and distraction-free environment of the original Game Boy, the Wanle Gamers Console for iPhone is something a little… […]

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PocketSprite is a Game Boy clone smaller than a business card (crowdfunding)

Want to play Game Boy games on the go? There are plenty of emulators you can install on your smartphone. But what if you want to play on a tiny device with physical buttons, a ridiculously small screen, and a body small enough to comfortably clip to your keychain? That’s what the PocketSprite is for… […]

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This might be one of the tiniest DIY Game Boy systems ever

Nintendo’s Game Boy line of devices revolutionized the idea of what a handheld game console can do. This year the company did it again by launching a living room console that’s also a portable gaming tablet. But some folks still enjoy playing classic Game Boy titles that are decades old… and some folks have at least […]