Jan 19, 2013 11:37 AM EST
You can never have a "best handheld gaming" list without the iconic Game Boy. The fascination about the device has not come down an inch since its origin in 1989 that as recently as in the beginning of this week, we saw a classic Game Boy converted into an Android gamepad.
Now, a new mod dubbed "The Gameboo," is making big headline as the modification is credited to be the ultimate portable gaming device that the gaming world has seen in a long time. The first thing you see in the new mod is that it has four red buttons instead of the traditional two. But that is just the beginning of your surprises as there are many things strange about the new device.
The modification makes a complete replacement of the Game Boy body and restructures it with Dingoo Technologies A330 emulation hardware. Eight months of work on the device (as the hack blog says) has not gone in vein. The new machine takes the device to a higher class as it's no more just the Game Bogy games here, but you can play almost any ROM available for the NES, Super NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, and other 8, 16 and 32-bit console classics with the new device.
The device comes with a 2.8″ color LCD and screen bezel, 4GB of Internal Memory with a Mini SD card slot, a 2.4GHz wireless receiver, FM radio, MP3 player, sound recorder TV-out to component, a mini-USB to connect to a computer, and a rechargeable Li-ion battery.
Check out the build in action here:
In case you missed anything, here is a detailed list of all the notable features of the new modification (as outlined in the blog):
- Plays games in 8, 16 and 32 bit
- Supports emulators, both Official and Homebrew, for heaps of retro game consoles, including GBA, GB, GBC, SNES, NES, CPS1, CPS2, NEO-GEO.
- 2.8″ color LCD screen
- 4GB Internal Memory, with an expansion slot for a Mini SD card (officially up to 8GB, but users have reported up to 16GB working)
- TV-out to component (Red-Yellow-White) cable at "DVD" quality (nothing like DVD on a HD TV, but good enough)
- 2.4GHz Wireless Receiver, allowing you to play games wirelessly. The unit I purchased came with the required controller, which looks a lot like an Xbox controller. Allows the unit to be used as a console, sitting below/near the tv, and you on the couch.
- FM Radio, MP3 Player, Video Player, Picture Viewer, Sound Recorder, some sort of E-book reader
- Mini USB interface to computer
- Rechargeable Li-ion battery
- All cables included, including USB wall charger (US plugs, although apparently it is such bad quality it poses a serious risk of burning/short circuiting).
To get to know the entire process of the Game Boy recreation, head over to the maker's blog Casing The Joint.
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