A YouTuber named Obirux finally did it, giving the Game Boy Classic its “Advance” moment.
You know that TikTok trend where you give kids VHS tapes and ask them what it is and they have no idea? Or if you gave them a floppy disk and they thought it was a 3D-printed “Save” icon? Well, chances are if you give them a Game Boy, they’ll just call it an old Nintendo Switch. However, the classic Game Boy wasn’t a landscape gaming device until the GBA. YouTuber Obirux, however, decided to just hack a Game Boy Classic landscape. By splitting an existing Game Boy and repurposing the hardware into a new piece of kit, Obirux managed to create a fun landscape-oriented console based on the original, which was released in 1989.
Notably, the construction of Obirux does not use a 3D printed case. Instead, it separated two Game Boys and used their plastic shells to create a new landscape exterior body. In fact, in the image below, you can see bits of plastic or putty inside, holding the shell together. The new version also does not use the same screen as the original. Instead, Obirux replaced it with a newer display with a modified PCB and backlight (which can also change color!). It even ditched AA batteries for lithium-ion batteries, which last much longer.
The new construction retains the essence of the original but in a new landscape orientation. Although not shown in the video, it is remarkable how Obirux took the plastic parts from the outer body and simply joined them to orient the Game Boy differently. The controls are also the same, except for a new button on the top to toggle the backlight… and the new Game Boy uses the same cartridge system on the back, completing the experience!
Obirux decided to name their prototype the Game Boy DMG-0B, a tribute to the original Game Boy model number DMG-01, where DMG stands for Dot Matrix Game. The Game Boy DMG-0B, like all Obirux releases, went on sale on its website. His site features other unique works, including a bunch of Game Boy Advance mods. Unfortunately, everything listed on his site is already sold out!