This specially designed Game Boy Pocket SP can be folded in half like a bold clam.
To enlarge / This specially designed Game Boy Pocket SP can be folded in half like a bold clam.

Earlier this month, Allison Parrish, a programmer and hobbyist, made her debut compact hack 1996 Nintendo Game Boy Pocket Handheld game console. Inspired by the later Game Boy Advance SP, he designed a special hinged plastic shell so that the old monochrome Game Boy could be closed. He calls it the Game Boy Pocket SP.

In Parrish’s extensive post about the mod, he explains that his hack started as a joke. Game Boy modding community One of the currently popular and currently trending mods involves modifying the circuit of the foldable Game Boy Advance SP (from 2003). special non-folding shell. So he thought, “If you can remove the hinge from the SP, why can’t I add a hinge to the Game Boy that never existed?”

Parrish, an assistant professor of art at NYU, built the complex folding mod over the summer using tools from his university department. ITP/IMA shop and the NYU Makerspace. Its unique clamshell design comes courtesy of a split-in-half Game Boy Pocket motherboard, along with custom-designed flexible PCBs (printed circuit boards) that route signals between the two folding halves. To bring it all together, Parrish a 3D printed plastic shell Using FreeCAD.

Exploded CAD view of a Game Boy Pocket SP custom case designed by Allison Parrish.

Exploded CAD view of a Game Boy Pocket SP custom case designed by Allison Parrish.

Additional parts have arrived, such as a backlit screen, a label, buttons and a rechargeable battery hobby shops.

The finished product is compact, backlit, rechargeable via USB, and it plays the original monochrome Game Boy games. The cartridges plug into the back of the screen, just like the original Game Boy Pocket. After announcing a rough prototype of the mod in September, Game Boy Pocket SP won first place In the “Technical” category in r/gameboy’s modding contest on Reddit.

Today, the Game Boy Pocket SP remains a unique device because of the hard work that went into its development. “The research and development process was also very expensive,” Parrish writes. “In addition to the cost of materials and production, there is also the cost of my own labor.”

Still, if you want to try to replicate his feat, Parrish has provided the PCB and shell design files. on GitHub and almost write step by step construction process on its site.

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