AN ABSOLUTE LEGEND has taken an old Nintendo Game Boy and a Raspberry Pi Zero and instantly made us reconsider our desires and goals in life.
YouTube user 'Wermy' debuted his Game Boy Zero with custom SD card reader game cartridge yesterday to an immediate warm reception.
We are admittedly very excited and impressed by the project. To say we want one right now would be an understatement. Wermy, nice guy that he must be, has revealed how he did it, and how much fun it is.
We'd say it was simple, but you know how these things are. We can say that it is impressive and cool, that it lets you play a load of emulators and games, and requires some soldering. You had probably worked most of this out already.
"I made a RetroPie handheld using a Raspberry Pi Zero and an original DMG-01 Game Boy," he wrote in the introduction to his enviable video.
"I modified an original Game Boy cartridge to act as an SD card adaptor for the Pi, so I can have the same satisfaction of putting a cartridge in and powering it on like you would on a regular Game Boy."
Probably the coolest Raspberry Pi Zero projects I’ve seen: “Game Boy Zero with custom SD card reader game cartridge” https://t.co/xm81JziLs4— Viktor Petersson (@vpetersson) April 7, 2016
It looks like Wermy can play games from all kinds of Nintendo, and some Sega, devices. There is a mix of original Game Boy and Raspberry Pi here, plus some glue, bits of copper and some trial and error. The result is all the reward Wermy wanted.
"It works! I found that, when I had the case closed up (which caused the card reader wires to be pressed up tightly against other stuff), the SD card reader was pretty unreliable," he added on Imgur and his description page.
"It would fail to boot sometimes, give read errors when loading big games, etc. I added some shielding around the SD card reader wires, though, and it's been rock solid since then." µ
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