Hackers Create Keychain Gameboy Smaller Than An Apple Watch


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One of the greatest gaming accomplishments of 2016 was revealed at the Hackaday SuperConference. It wasn’t a new breakthrough in VR that lets you actually do your chores while pretending to do your chores, it wasn’t even an announcement for Pokemon Go 2 featuring a brand new footstep system. It’s a tiny, tiny little Gameboy for ants.

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Jeroen Domburg created a Gameboy so tiny that it fits on a keychain. It’s impossible to actually read any of the text in games, but for things like Tetris you don’t need to. There’s no way a cartridge would fit inside here, so the Gameboy connects to a network and downloads the games via WiFi, and uses an Emulator to run them.

Here’s a peek inside of the system while it’s running:

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It even runs Doom, kind of. 

We’ll include the full video of Jeroen going over the build process and showing off his hardware, head to around the 39 minute mark to catch all of the Doom stuff.

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image: hackaday/youtube

But here’s the kicker. Witcher 3 running on a tiny Gameboy:

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image: hackaday/youtube

Just kidding, but it can stream from a television…

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He almost went with some parts from a Galaxy Note 7, but ended up using a different battery after all. Good call, nobody wants a Gameboy keychain that you can’t even take on a airplane.

With the recent interest generated by the NES Classic, it’s about time Nintendo did a Gameboy Classic, featuring a stand-alone system with pre-installed titles from the entire Gameboy roster, from the original grey brick all the way up until the Gameboy Advance. We would be lining up and begging them to take our money, but they would probabally only release 5 of them in each city and they’d end up going for $500 on eBay.