Nintendo’s Game Boy handheld console has inspired a wealth of mobile gaming devices over the years, from its own 3DS XL to tiny custom made players the size of a credit card, and many more. While Nintendo’s archive of famous titles and consoles have been emulated and hacked to death over the years, the new Game Boy XXL might be one of the biggest nods to the beloved gaming company yet.
Nearly as tall as a person, and capable of playing all your favorite Game Boy, NES and SNES titles, this is one giant bit of Nintendo nostalgia you won’t want to miss:
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Relying on a Raspberry Pi as the brains of the operation, Game Boy XXL can emulate all of the best classic Nintendo titles on its customized 19-inch display. It is made of 10m² of 3mm MDF, some wood glue, paint, and the Retropie software platform. As you can see in the images, it has a D-pad as big or bigger than your hand, two massive A and B buttons and a Start button. Due to the hardware set-up and the way the screen has been calibrated, it will likely work best with Game Boy and NES titles, but it will play games from Nintendo’s 16-bit library as well.
It’s just a prototype right? Well yes, but it does work and was on display at Hack-a-Day. You can see it in action below, as the creator takes out Brock in Pokemon Yellow: