Hdmyboy brings Game Boy classics to our TV screens


The Game Boy revolutionized the world by bringing forth the idea of portable gaming, but if you would rather remember it looking sharp and beautiful, here is a little something for you.

The Game Boy can be emulated on phones, computers, tablets, other video game consoles and pretty much anything that can run a line of code. This, though, doesn’t help the users who would rather run the official game carts on the original hardware, with proper sound and speed and guarantee of minimal glitching. Those are the users that the Hdmyboy project targets.

The Hdmyboy is a non-intrusive modification of the Game Boy that adds an HDMI output to the console so users can stream their beloved classics to the TV screen. As it is running on official hardware, every game is compatible, so get ready to revisit Link’s Awakening, Pokemon Red & Blue, Castlevania Adventure or Super Mario Land. The Hdmyboy has controller support, with the team recommending the classic NES controller, the Game Boy’s home console equivalent at the time.

While this doesn’t come cheap, and will set you back between $143 to $156 USD, it’s the only way we know of to be able to enjoy Game Boy titles on the TV screen running on the original, licensed Nintendo hardware (so no, the Super Game Boy doesn’t count, that’s SNES hardware). If the retro appeal is too great to pass on, this might be the gadget for you. If not, we’ll always have emulators.

Via Engadget

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Nintendo Patent Could Bring Game Boy Emulator to Smartphones

Game Boy Smartphone Emulator

Android and iOS devices already are major productivity killers, but that didn’t stop Nintendo from filing a patent for a smartphone Game Boy emulator.

Smartphones evolve with each passing day, and games that match their capabilities are launched on a regular basis. Despite all that, some of us enjoy going back to the classic titles from 20 or 25 years ago. When people are struck by gaming nostalgia, nothing can stop them from playing their Game Boy favorites on their handheld console. Things can only get better when running such games on a modern-day smartphone, in order to take advantage of all the processing power that’s hidden under the case. An official Nintendo emulator for Game Boy titles may be on its way to our smartphones, or at least that’s what a recent patent application of the Japanese company suggests.

SNES, NES and Game Boy classics have already found a new home on the Wii, Wii U and 3DS, so emulation isn’t a new thing for Nintendo. However, this piece of intellectual property would increase the number of devices capable of running Game Boy apps, and smartphones will surely be among them. A lot of people have been pushing the Japanese behemoth to create emulators for smartphones, especially since its hardware sales are not going that well, with Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One taking the first spots. Spin-off games from the Pokémon series have made an appearence on iPhone and iPad, but full ports are still a long way.

There’s a good reason why emulators on iOS generally get shut down right after the Apple review team becomes aware of their existence, but it should be noted that none of these is made by Nintendo. An official emulator would probably change how things work, but even this patent application doesn’t guarantee that. Nintendo has been securing patents for similar purposes in the past, so this might be nothing more than a strategy to make sure that no one else is thinking of emulating classic games on smartphones. It remains to be seen whether Game Boy titles will make an appearance on our mobile devices any time soon. How would you fancy to play Super Mario Land, Tetris or Tennis on a Samsung Note 4?

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Game Girl, a portable gaming solution for classics lovers


The classics come back to the forefront with this clever use of 3d printing and electronics! Meet the Game Girl, an effort to bring back the classics to the forefront.

Nintendo has done great things since the Game Boy, when it comes to portable systems, but the truth is the 3DS doesn’t really capitalize on the love for the classics. Until Nintendo gets their Virtual Console act together (and from what we’ve seen, this might take time), the guys at Adafruit have come up with a solution for the meanwhile.

The Game Girl (PiGRRL) is a Raspberry Pi Linux PC put inside a case resembling the classic Game Boy. It uses some components from a SNES controller, just so you know the d-pad works like it should, but the rest is all modern technology. The project was created to celebrate the 25 years of the Game Boy, but that’s not all it can emulate/run, as NES, SNES, Gameboy and even Gameboy Advance are all playable on this little guy. Now, tell us you’re not in love.

Via The Mary Sue

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