Have an old Game Boy that’s collecting dust? Now you can turn it into a wireless PC game controller.

Alex Iannuzzi designed and built a custom Game Boy cartridge that effectively turns any Game Boy into a wireless controller.

There’s no hardware hacking required — just plug in the cart the same way you would a game and the handheld game console turns into a wireless controller.

While some folks might be able to follow Iannuzzi’s instructions to build their own carts, you can also buy one from the Inside Gadgets shop.

Wireless Game Boy Controller

A Game Boy TX Cart will set you back $23, but you’ll also need to spend at least $14 on a receiver, so this isn’t necessarily the cheapest wireless controller option around. But it’s definitely one of the most… unusual, I guess?

The cart is compatible with Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance and GameBoy Advance SP consoles, but it’ll stick out from the top of the Advance models. A smaller GBA TX Cart version is on the way, but it’s not available yet.

There are also three different options for wireless receivers:

  • A USB receiver that should work with most modern Windows or Linux computers including Raspberry Pi systems
  • Game Cube receiver (also works with some Wii models)
  • Super Nintendo receiver

via Gizmodo and HackADay


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6 replies on “This cart turns any Game Boy into a wireless game controller”

  1. Is this Xinput compatible? It’d be awesome and hilarious if I could play Xbox One games via game streaming while using a Gameboy as a controller.

  2. Challenge. Play Smash Bros in an emulator with this controller. You’ll be button limited like mad, but the nostalgia factor will be cranked to 11!

  3. Neat, but since Gameboys don’t have analog sticks, it’s not particularly attractive for what I usually play.

  4. Not super interested now – but am interested in the upcoming GBA version that also supports the L+R buttons. Seems like a great way to play GBA games on the gamecube gameboy player – much better than the stock gamecube controller and way cheaper than an old Hori pad.

  5. This or a real gamepad that costs almost the same money but doesn’t require a gameboy… 🤔

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