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That shell button combo looks amazing!
Thanks very much! :D I really wanted to pay tribute to King Dedede, since he's my favourite character from just about anything, and since he originated on the Game Boy I figured that this was the way to do it. I went with a spare Game Boy Colour because I don't want to deal with polariser-burn issues on the original DMG units or the Game Boy Pocket, and it's easy to get beaten-up GBCs whose innards work perfectly - not to mention that I feel that it's the best hardware for playing the monochrome and colour Game Boy library on if you want to keep the guts of the unit original. (There are better options if you're not doing that, but that wasn't my goal here. :) )

Since I used to take apart watches and virtual pets when I was a kid, that made this project (and one other immediately before it, which was made as a gift for a relative) surprisingly easy, since it's literally the same thing but bigger. :lol: It was a lot of fun, accordingly - I'd definitely do this again if I end up with more badly-treated Game Boy Colours or Game Boy Advances on my hands.

Do you prefer the stock GBC screens over TFT/IPS?
Pretty much. I do like to keep it original (I use a Worm Light with my yellow and red GBCs), but there are a couple of other factors, too;

1: I can't solder yet. I've studied and know how it's done for devices like these, and I hope to put aside the time to gain practical experience on some dead electronics at some point, but I don't have that ability right now. It's something that I would definitely like to do in the future, though.

2: It's expensive compared to picking up a hardware clone like the GB Boy Colour, which is in my immediate plans. The GB Boy Colour doesn't share the same aspect ratio as the original GB/GBC line (games appear very slightly squat, though it's not very noticeable), but it only costs about £30 to £40 at the moment for a complete, pre-made device, which is less than the parts for modding an official console - a slightly-squashed display is a really good trade-off for getting a backlit Game Boy-compatible device at that price.

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Incidentally, not on the Game Boy Colour front, lately I've been playing Jazz Jackrabbit Advance on my Game Boy micro. :D

 
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Thanks very much! :D I really wanted to pay tribute to King Dedede, since he's my favourite character from just about anything, and since he originated on the Game Boy I figured that this was the way to do it. I went with a spare Game Boy Colour because I don't want to deal with polariser-burn issues on the original DMG units or the Game Boy Pocket, and it's easy to get beaten-up GBCs whose innards work perfectly - not to mention that I feel that it's the best hardware for playing the monochrome and colour Game Boy library on if you want to keep the guts of the unit original. (There are better options if you're not doing that, but that wasn't my goal here. :) )

Since I used to take apart watches and virtual pets when I was a kid, that made this project (and one other immediately before it, which was made as a gift for a relative) surprisingly easy, since it's literally the same thing but bigger. :lol: It was a lot of fun, accordingly - I'd definitely do this again if I end up with more badly-treated Game Boy Colours or Game Boy Advances on my hands.

Pretty much. I do like to keep it original (I use a Worm Light with my yellow and red GBCs), but there are a couple of other factors, too;

1: I can't solder yet. I've studied and know how it's done for devices like these, and I hope to put aside the time to gain practical experience on some dead electronics at some point, but I don't have that ability right now. It's something that I would definitely like to do in the future, though.

2: It's expensive compared to picking up a hardware clone like the GB Boy Colour, which is in my immediate plans. The GB Boy Colour doesn't share the same aspect ratio as the original GB/GBC line (games appear very slightly squat, though it's not very noticeable), but it only costs about £30 to £40 at the moment for a complete, pre-made device, which is less than the parts for modding an official console - a slightly-squashed display is a really good trade-off for getting a backlit Game Boy-compatible device at that price.

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Incidentally, not on the Game Boy Colour front, lately I've been playing Jazz Jackrabbit Advance on my Game Boy micro. :D
Mad envy on the micro front, and yeah, I agree, the price of a backlighting kit is a big barrier (although the work put into them certainly justifies the cost). I've seen some GB Boys transplanted into GBC shells, but the screen ratio always feels a little bit off, athough you are absolutely right, the price point is unbeatable.

 

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Mad envy on the micro front,
Haha, thanks! :)  I got this one brand-new for a very small sum (I think about £30?) after they were clearanced because almost nobody wanted them at the time, and it's proven to be a really good little device (it used to pull double-duty as an MP3 player, with the Nintendo MP3 Player cartridge, which was the cut-down Western version of the Play-Yan - it's always had some form of keychain attached to it, though the current parts were newly-attached just last week, because I wanted something sturdier than what I'd used before). I wouldn't've gone with pink as my first choice back then, but it certainly turned out to go well with the third-party faceplate that I got for it at the time. :D

and yeah, I agree, the price of a backlighting kit is a big barrier (although the work put into them certainly justifies the cost).
Oh, definitely! It's something that I'd love to do, honestly, though it can wait for now.

I've seen some GB Boys transplanted into GBC shells, but the screen ratio always feels a little bit off, athough you are absolutely right, the price point is unbeatable.
Yeah, I've seen that, too! The aspect-ratio issue is perfectly livable for me, so it's a no-brainer to add one to my collection. Maybe a Game Boy collection shot deserves to be taken, at some point? :lol:

Of course, I also really hope to be able to get an Analogue Pocket, which looks fantastic!

Incidentally, Eggiweg, I didn't expect that someone else here would be a bit of a Game Boy enthusiast, too. :lol: Naturally, I test out the Tamagotchi Game Boy game on every unit that I have - it deserves way more exposure within the community, I think, and I guess that that's one way of doing that (I'm sure that there will be more hardware seen running it in my log at some point). :D

I've been playing more stuff since I posted last, too - a stack of Game Boy games that I've been wanting arrived (some are part of an ongoing rebuild of what I regret trading in as a kid, others are completely new to me because my Game Boy collection is my focus at the moment and I'm not all about nostalgia), and I had to test them all. One of them was a combined grail and trade-in-regret, too - Metal Gear Solid for the Game Boy Colour. :D

 
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Yeah, I've seen that, too! The aspect-ratio issue is perfectly livable for me, so it's a no-brainer to add one to my collection. Maybe a Game Boy collection shot deserves to be taken, at some point? :lol:

Of course, I also really hope to be able to get an Analogue Pocket, which looks fantastic!
I'd love to see your GB Boy mod when you get round to it :lol: I'm patiently waiting for everyone to get their analogue preorders so I can finally see footage of the thing in action, the mock-ups look so good.

Incidentally, Eggiweg, I didn't expect that someone else here would be a bit of a Game Boy enthusiast, too. :lol: Naturally, I test out the Tamagotchi Game Boy game on every unit that I have - it deserves way more exposure within the community, I think, and I guess that that's one way of doing that (I'm sure that there will be more hardware seen running it in my log at some point). :D

I've been playing more stuff since I posted last, too - a stack of Game Boy games that I've been wanting arrived (some are part of an ongoing rebuild of what I regret trading in as a kid, others are completely new to me because my Game Boy collection is my focus at the moment and I'm not all about nostalgia), and I had to test them all. One of them was a combined grail and trade-in-regret, too - Metal Gear Solid for the Game Boy Colour. :D
I'm surprised there aren't more of us actually, given the huge overlap I've seen on other social media sites, also I've only heard good things about MGS for the GBC, hope you enjoy it!

Hmmm. My brothers have PlayStations and a lot of games. :lol:  
Kinda wish my PSP wasn't broken so I could try out Azure Dreams for the PS1.

 

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I'd love to see your GB Boy mod when you get round to it :lol:
I'm not modding it, I'm just leaving it as-is, when I get it. :)

I'm patiently waiting for everyone to get their analogue preorders so I can finally see footage of the thing in action, the mock-ups look so good.
Yep, same here!

I'm surprised there aren't more of us actually, given the huge overlap I've seen on other social media sites,
I didn't know about that, but I suppose that I shouldn't be surprised - the eras of the devices in question overlap, too, after all! :lol:

also I've only heard good things about MGS for the GBC, hope you enjoy it!
Thanks! Looking back on it as an adult, I really regretted trading it in back in the day. It's great to have it again. :D

 
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Well, I got that GB Boy Colour! :D (And I played through Kirby's Dream Land yet again - it never gets old. :) )

I've written up some thoughts about it in my log, but long story short, it's no substitute for a real Game Boy due to a handful of quirks and what appears to be incompatibilities with some popular titles, but it is a really nice cheap secondary unit with some nice features that cost a lot more to mod into an official machine than this entire pretty-well-made ready-to-go unit costs.

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I've got to say, the screen really is surprisingly nice for the price, in spite of the aspect-ratio not matching that of the original hardware. :)

Anyway, I have been playing one game in particular lately, and I brought it out again after I got the GB Boy Colour, and that game is Worms. I had it back in the day, and have long since regretted trading it in, so I got it back. :D It's just as great as it ever was, and for me the well-balanced simplicity easily outdoes the wealth of impenetrable in-jokes and unintuitive items and features that mar the more recent Worms titles.

Earlier, I set up a match between team Vintage (Gen1-2, Angel, Mori, and Ocean) and team Modern (Connectn, so named because of the 8-character limit, Akai, P's, and Meets-On). And the result?

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Team Vintage won. :D

 
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I'm playing Link's Awakening for the Switch, Mario Kart 8, Animal Crossing and New Leaf. My play schedule's been a mess lately

 

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I just played through and completed Jaleco's Avenging Spirit for the Game Boy, which is a 1992 conversion of the 1991 arcade-game of the same name.


If you're familiar with Super Mario Odyssey, Avenging Spirit was the game that did all of that first - including the novel end-game sequence.

 

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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition.

if you're looking for a J-RPG that's got real time combat, then look no further. Characters are loveable and well written.

 

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Animal Crossing.... 🙄

I've been playing AC Wild Word on and off for more years than I care to remember and both Nintendo DS units are pretty much worn out or breaking... but never warmed to AC: City version (wii gathering dust with all the games in a cupboard drawer) nor AC New Leaf. 

However.... I've just got hooked on the AC New Horizons game on the Switch - loving the landscaping and set design aspects of the game. 

 
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