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This GBA-style Game Boy sure is sleek

This GBA-style Game Boy sure is sleek

GBA-style Game Boy mod

Snug Boy

We love Game Boy (and Game Boy-shaped) hardware mods around here, and this new project — a Game Boy “like no other” — is worth a look. Creator Obirux imagined what an original Game Boy with the GBA form factor might look like, and then got to work.

This video is a snappy overview of the “landscape” Game Boy prototype, which was created with two Game Boy shells, other original Nintendo parts, and a modified DMG IPS kit — so the overall design is spot-on, and the games themselves look sharp, too.

As iconic as the original Game Boy looks and feels — and even with lots of fond memories coloring my perspective to this day — I’m sure my hands would get along so much better with this GBA-style handheld. There’s a passionate market for custom handhelds, and I’ll be curious to see if anyone else follows suit (or if this creator decides to offer a mod kit).

Here’s a side-by-side shot with the original Game Boy and Obirux’s landscape design:

Game Boy landscape mod
Nintendo fans would pay a pretty penny for this handheld.

The design is a winning combo, but Obirux isn’t currently selling “landscape” kits. That said, the London-based modder does have a shop with lots of neat modified handhelds.


“The retro gaming community keeps me buzzing and I can’t thank them enough for pushing tech and design to new and exciting levels,” Obirux said on their website.

Whether it’s a slow or fast gaming news day, projects like this give me life.

[Via The Verge, Gizmodo]

Jordan Devore

Jordan is a founding member of Destructoid and poster of seemingly random pictures. They are anything but random.

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