Imagine if Nintendo made a Game Boy Advance without the Deposit part. That’s what the video game console and handheld mod Obirux did: they created a redesigned original Game Boy handheld that retains the aesthetic language of the 1989 model, but refocused it as a horizontally controlled system similar to the Sega Game Gear, the original GBA and many modern handhelds. systems, including the Nintendo Switch (via Gizmodo†
This creation is called the Game Boy DMG-0B “Prototype”, a tribute to the original model number of the Game Boy DMG-01, where DMG stands for Dot Matrix Game. Obirux has a short list of what is included in this change: It required sacrificing two original Game Boy shells plus extra plastic, padding, and paint/dye. Then the original screen/front PCB was removed and replaced with a modified version of the PCB that: comes with a replacement IPS screen kit – a modern screen upgrade that offers a much brighter image along with backlighting. It’s a solid upgrade over the Dot Matrix screen for its time and its strange contrast quality. The screen can also display different shades, allowing for a semi-colored look, including a green palette reminiscent of the original Dot Matrix display.
Not only the screen was upgraded, but also the battery. Obirux ditched the four AA batteries and replaced them with a Li-ion battery, which not only saves a ton of space but means the cells don’t have to be separated in opposite ends of the handheld like Sega’s Game Gear six. had. AA batteries divided into two housing sections. Other components such as the buttons and ports were reused and moved around the case. It even has a barrel power connector instead of a USB plug that other Game Boy mods have used, adding to the handheld’s authentic retro look.
Obirux describes himself as “an artist who builds unique playable works” and works under construction in London. Many mods built by Obirux end for sale on their websiteseemingly including the WideBoy we just looked at – although like everything else on the site, it’s already “sold out”.
I personally would like one of Obirux’s GameCube PC modsbecause I’m a believer in all things GameCube: like this punchy orange Switch dock made by Littlewolf128 or the WaveBird joycons built by Shank. It would also be really cool to see another of these GameCube handhelds with a real working lockable disc drive.