Hacked Game Boy Hidden a Raspberry Pi and Hundreds of Original Games
Original Game Boy gutted and modified it so it can play hundreds of console games, it is a brain child of gaming wizard Wermy. From the outside, the device looks like one of Nintendo’s 27-year-old handhelds, but its gray plastic shell hides a rechargeable lithium ion battery, a Bluetooth receiver, and a Raspberry Pi. How awesome is this.
Check out this series of pictures showing how the “Game Boy Zero” was put together, complete with new buttons, updated ports, and a new screen — necessary because the original Game Boy could only manage monochrome games, Wermy’s version uses a color display that makes it capable of playing more modern games.
The tiny Raspberry Pi inside runs Emulation Station, software that lets Wermy play games from not only the Game Boy’s back catalog, but from the NES, SNES, and even Sega’s Genesis and Master System consoles. Indeed, Wemy says the miniscule machine is powerful enough to run anything up to Game Boy Advance games, a handheld that saw market 12 years after the original Game Boy.
Wermy has modified one of the console’s original cartridges, hollowing out space for a micro-SD card reader, and emblazoned its body with a Raspberry Pi sticker that looks like it dates to the early ’90s. He’s also adjusted the Game Boy’s cartridge connector accordingly, meaning that it’s able to read the files contained on the SD card just as Nintendo’s original handheld would boot inserted games. The effect is almost perverse: Nintendo could barely squeeze one game onto a Game Boy cartridge in 1989, but in 2016, Wermy can fit the entire catalog for multiple consoles onto a sliver of silicon smaller than a fingernail.