Play GB games
from to on 13 Apr 2024 00:45

So I have these old, original Game Boy (like, the grey one with the maroon buttons) games I wanna play again (original Pokemon Blue). What can I get to do so?

I bought a GB on eBay but the screen was barely visible. I’m comfortable partially building/programming something myself, and would also be fine with an adapter or some such that allows me to play the cartridge or copy its contents so I can play on my laptop or Raspberry Pi or whatever.

Suggestions sought!


threaded - newest on 13 Apr 2024 01:05 next collapse

Analogue pocket on 13 Apr 2024 01:06 next collapse

myboy or any gb/gbc emulator for pc/android should work fine. you’ll also need the rom file for each game. most emulators have controller support on 13 Apr 2024 02:11 collapse

I’m trying to play the physical cartridges I have on 13 Apr 2024 01:17 next collapse

Many options exist, depending on your budget:

  • IPS screen mod for your GB, these are usually not too costly iirc ($60 USD?)
  • GBA SP (AGS 001 is frontlit and AGS 101 is backlit), around the same budget for the former, the latter is more coveted and expensive. (EDIT - initial mistake, the GBA is not front/backlit)
  • Open source cartreader to dump your carts and saves (and play ROMs wherever you want) - no idea about the budget tbh
  • Analogue Pocket, it’s great but very likely overkill if all you want to do is play some GB games ($220 USD)
  • Depending on how comfortable you are with downloading ROMs (and how ethical you feel that is, given you already have the games), you could just do that without spending a penny since GB games have been preserved and are easily accessible.

There’s also a handful of other options (GameCube GB Player, SNES Super GameBoy, etc), but that’s likely more consoles and accessories for you to purchase so I didn’t mention those in detail. on 13 Apr 2024 06:11 collapse

  • GBA or GBA SP, you’ll get a backlit screen as well (around the same budget?)

Careful! The original (landscape) GBA had a similar, unlit, reflective screen to the Gameboy Colour, and even the GBA SP was frontlit for most of its run. Only the later GBA SPs had the bright, backlit screens.

I modded an original GBA with an aftermarket frontlighting kit back in the day. I didn’t like the GBA SP as it made my hands start to cramp up after only a few minutes. on 13 Apr 2024 07:21 collapse

You’re absolutely right, only the AGS 101 is backlit, my mistake! on 13 Apr 2024 01:35 next collapse

I just put together an FPGBC. It’s pretty great and way cheaper than an Analogue Pocket. This video does a pretty good job of the build process and and an overview of the features. on 13 Apr 2024 01:36 collapse

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I’m open-source; check me out at GitHub. on 13 Apr 2024 01:40 next collapse

I just did something similar. I got given my childhood DMG after my mum found it when moving. It would turn on but the screen was broken. I used this screen and this tutorial. You will have to solder the speaker to the new board.…/dmg-retro-pixel-ips-lcd-kit?va…

The screen works great now and is backlit. I also bought a $20 copy of tetris to test it. I then bought a flash cart for it. I have the EZ FLASH jnr. Works fine and it saves games. Has a real time clock which you want for pokemon I think.

The only thing I would say is doing the screen modification was annoying. I went back to funny playing and bought the case and parts they have that fit the screen. It’s in the mail atm.

I also bought a pack of 4 eneloop batteries and a charger. I considered the clean juice xl battery mod but I don’t think I’ll use it that much.

I might do a sound mod to it at some point the headphone jack has a lot of hiss. Might just need to replace some caps. on 13 Apr 2024 01:41 collapse

Here is an alternative Piped link(s):

Piped is a privacy-respecting open-source alternative frontend to YouTube.

I’m open-source; check me out at GitHub. on 13 Apr 2024 05:50 next collapse

I like my Hyperkin Retron Sq.

The Hyperkin Retron Sq is a nice enough for playing Gameboy and Gameboy Color cartridges.

It’s actually fine for lots of Gameboy Advance games, as well.

But, by virtually every account I have seen, the Analogue Pocket is a much better option, for about the same price. If I had been aware of the Analogue Pocket, I would have bought it, instead, or at least first. on 15 Apr 2024 05:33 collapse

I saw the pocket, very impressive. Pretty big price tag for how much I’ll use it, but worth the quality from the specs I see. on 13 Apr 2024 07:13 next collapse

Pokemon Blue

FYI the internal cartridge battery that’s used to save your game is probably either dead or nearly dead!

A multimeter should show the battery at 3.25v. Anything less and it could die any day. Changing the battery isn’t too difficult, but it requires soldering.

This is my favorite tool set used to take the one screw out to open the cartridge, to check the battery.…/repair-tools-set on 13 Apr 2024 10:06 next collapse

Gameboy SP plays GB, GBC and GBA games with a backlight in the screen. If that’s not enough, there are plenty of videos online on how to upgrade the SP. Authentic but optimized. Best of both worlds! on 15 Apr 2024 05:35 collapse

Hard to find at an acceptable price, but a great suggestion! on 13 Apr 2024 12:11 next collapse

I bought a GB on eBay but the screen was barely visible. I’m comfortable partially building/

Say less. Replacement screens are plentiful since many (usually with the Color not the grayboy, but still) are doing the IPS screen mods. I’d replace it with an OG screen unless your problem is backlight.

I usually don’t recommend reddit but since a total of 0 of them migrated here, check out r/gameboy if you did want to mod it. It’s unfortunately a great collection of resources regarding modding GB, GBC, and GBA. Common mods include but are not limited to those backlit IPS screens.

The screen replacement is easy as hell iirc too, I think it’s just some clips on a ribbon cable, iirc no soldering required. on 15 Apr 2024 05:36 collapse

Much appreciated! on 13 Apr 2024 13:01 next collapse

You did try to change the contrast on the GB you bought, didn’t you? on 15 Apr 2024 05:36 collapse

Yes, noting happens. on 15 Apr 2024 05:59 collapse

Might also be a broken contrast wheel. Could be fixable with IPA if it doesn’t work right.

If it’s really the display, I guess there are at least many replacement options available. on 13 Apr 2024 15:57 collapse

Modding with IPS screen is fairy easy nowadays with the GBA there is some no soldier options not sure if that is the same with an original dmg.

Another option could be a Epligoue GB operator, which allows you to play your original cartridges on pc.