The Famicom Mini, or Japan’s equivalent of the NES Classic Edition, has been fitted into the innards of Game Boy and the results are rather fantastic.
Courtesy of the very resourceful Kei Studio, who has previously made a portable version of the PS2, we now have a portable version of the Famicom Mini contained within the shell of a Game Boy and called the Famicom Pocket.
Using one of the original red Game Boys as a base, they then go into extreme detail on how the Famicom Mini was successfully integrated into its new home. So the work that went into this is clearly not trivial (as shown below) but the results are very impressive.
As the Game Boy and Famicom (or NES) had the same button configuration, it makes sense that you could use a Game Boy in this way. What is especially impressive though is that this Famicom Pocket also apparently supports system link for two player games.
Like the NES Classic Edition, the Famicom Mini only comes bundled with 30 games. Admittedly, the Japanese version has a different selection compared to its Western counterpart but the main downside to this Famicom Pocket is that you’re stuck with just those 30 games.
Now, there are hackers that have increased the number of games you can play on these new Nintendo micro consoles but it doesn’t appear that Kei Studio has gone down this route.
Obviously, I think this mod is pretty wonderful but if I am honest I would rather just have a classic Game Boy. After all, its library of games was immense and mostly excellent. Sacrificing that for just 30 Famicom (or NES) games feels like a rather steep price to pay.
However, this is an impressive piece of nerdy craftsmanship and that is something I cannot help but admire and appreciate.
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