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Raspberry Pi mod turns classic Game Boy into a perfect handheld emulator

Game Boy Zero Custom Mod

There are few things that warm a nerd’s heart quite like a great console mod, which is why we felt we had no choice but to share this impressive project from YouTube user wermy. Dubbed “Game Boy Zero,” this RetroPie handheld was built with an original DMG-01 Game Boy body and a Raspberry Pi Zero computer.

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Although the custom device looks almost completely identical to the original Game Boy model at a glance, there are a few key differences. For one, wermy has added X and Y button to the front of the portable in order to allow him to play Super Nintendo games and other games that require more than two buttons.

He mounted a Micro USB charging port and an HDMI port inside the device as well as replacing the original display with a 3.5-inch composite display and the speaker with a more modern speaker, both from Adafruit.

But the best part of this build has to be the modified Game Boy cartridge equipped with an SD card adaptor. That way, he can actually have “the same satisfaction of putting a cartridge in and powering it on like you would on a regular Game Boy.” He also installed Emulation Station to play emulated games.

You can see the machine in action below:

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.