Sometimes it’s interesting to see gaming take a pint-sized approach – like with what Nintendo did a few years back with the tiny Game Boy Micro. But, believe it or not, someone has managed to make the Nintendo handheld gaming experience even smaller.
Originally featured on Gizmodo, a YouTuber by the name of Vincent Buso has managed to make an operating Game Boy system that’s the size of a keychain. It basically emulates the classic shell design of the foldable Game Boy Advanced SP models that came out a few years ago, but features a much smaller control set-up, with four buttons instead of two for convenience of play.
As you can see from the pic below, this tiny Game Boy system runs ROMs and not actual cartridges (it can’t fit them, see) and runs with the help of an Intel Edison chip. Buso posted a lengthy gameplay video that, though without sound, gives you an idea how fairly well the system works, as he plays through a session of the Game Boy Advance Classic edition of the NES favorite Super Mario Bros. 3.
Buso was originally inspired by a project that was introduced during last year’s Hackaday superconference, where he managed to be inspired by the likes of the Keymu, with its extra buttons for support for 16-bit games.
But he didn’t want to hide how he put it together. In fact, Buso provided instructions to those that want to try building their own, and though it’ll take quite a bit of work and know-how to put it together, it’s really something once you finish it up. Just make sure you have a lot of time on your hands, and the proper supplies that Buso suggests.
It’s really a cool little device, and it’s neat that Buso has shared the vision that he has so others can give it a try. Hopefully, we’ll start seeing it trend along and watching people play along with their keychains – you know, even if that means resting their Nintendo Switch systems for a little bit. Hey, gotta have something to play while it recharges, right?