This reimagining of the Sport Boy seems like a prototype Nintendo may have made
Think about if Nintendo made a Sport Boy Advance with out the Advance half. That’s what online game console and handheld modder Obirux did: they created a reimagined authentic Sport Boy handheld that retains the aesthetic language of the 1989 mannequin however reoriented it as a horizontally dealt with system akin to the Sega Sport Gear, authentic GBA, and lots of fashionable handheld techniques, together with the Nintendo Swap (by way of Gizmodo).
This creation is known as the Sport Boy DMG-0B “Prototype,” a homage to the unique mannequin variety of the Sport Boy DMG-01, the place DMG stands for Dot Matrix Sport. Obirux has a quick listing of what went into this modification: it required the sacrifice of two authentic Sport 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 alternative IPS display screen package — a contemporary display screen improve that provides a a lot clearer picture together with backlighting. It’s a stable improve over the fine-for-its-time Dot Matrix display screen and its odd distinction high quality. The display screen may output completely 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 additionally means the cells wouldn’t should be separated into reverse ends of the hand held like how Sega’s Sport Gear had six AA batteries cut up 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 a substitute of a USB plug that different Sport 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 development in London. Many mods constructed by Obirux find yourself on the market on their web site, seemingly together with the WideBoy we simply checked out — although, like every part else on the positioning, it’s already “bought out.”
I personally would love one in all Obirux’s GameCube PC mods, as I’m a stickler for all issues GameCube: like this spice orange Swap dock made by Littlewolf128 or the WaveBird joycons constructed by Shank. Additionally, it will be actually cool to see one other one in all these GameCube handhelds with an precise working slot-load disc drive.