Intrepid DIYer Chad Boughton has come up with the ingenious idea of turning a classic Gameboy body into an all-in-one controller for his Galaxy Nexus smartphone. With emulators available that let you play classic Nintendo games on your phone, what better way to play than by using a classic Gameboy as the controller?
This Android project involves a couple different steps, the first of which is utilizing the Wii Controller IME app that lets you use a Wii Controller with your phone. The next step is modifying one of those old Gameboys you have stashed in your closet to fit your smartphone.
Remove the screen and modify the case a bit so that you can install a phone case to act as a dock.
Next, remove the innards of the Gameboy and replace them with the board from a Wii Remote. Now you're done! (It looks easier to do than it really is)
Let's see how this thing plays! Does it even work?
Super NES used a 4 button controller. This only supports 2 buttons, but it still works pretty well.
Looks pretty sharp, eh?
As you know, Nintendo has its own handheld gaming system, and with the common knowledge that Nintendo is losing a lot of customers to smartphone gaming, its unlikely that Nintendo will produce an official Android Gameboy gamepad.
So you industrious folks out there like Chad are going to need to take matters into your own hands and engineer one yourself. I wish I had Chad's skill, knowledge, passion, money, time, etc., to do this myself!
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Translation by Jason Morgan