Before you start scratching your head, Tetris doesn’t feature a bunch of animated anthropomorphic puzzle blocks. Instead, it’s based on the true story of the man who invented it, the publisher who discovered it, and the hurdles he faced in licensing it from the USSR for Nintendo’s Game Boy handheld. Coming to Apple TV+ 3.31.23.
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The Daft Punk track Lose Yourself to Dance has some great robotic vocals that were created with an electronic talkbox effect. StarvingGOGO was able to replicate the sound using a Nintendo Game Boy running LSDj to play the melodies, and a tubeless talkbox gadget called the ElectroSpit ESX-1 he’s wearing around his neck.
This upcoming 8-bit title from GreenBoy Games gives you a new reason to dust off your old Nintendo Game Boy. Where Is My Body? sends a disembodied hand on a quest to find the rest of its body. Gameplay takes inspiration from adventures like Maniac Mansion and The Secret of Monkey Island.
Retro game system maker Hyperkin took what was once an April Fools Day gag and turned it into an actual product. This little cube can play classic Nintendo Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance cartridges on your television. It has HDMI (720p) and composite video outputs, and comes with an SNES-style controller.
We think the original Game Boy watch is the bees’ knees. But if you’re more of a ’90s kid, check out Firebox’s follow up. This officially licensed Nintendo watch is based on the blue Game Boy Color. It makes the handheld’s sounds when you press its buttons.
Gadgets from the 1980s were lots of fun, but the plastics they used back then had a tendency to yellow, and look awful over time. Watch in awe as Odd Tinkering takes a grubby old Nintendo Game Boy and makes it like new. That soldering iron trick to fix the lines on the screen is nifty.
Build your own Nintendo Game Boy games without writing code. GB Studio is a free, easy-to-use visual editor lets you load in graphics and audio files, create levels and logic, then export it all as a ROM playable on Windows, MacOS, Linux, in a web browser, or even an actual Game Boy.
There have been several officially licensed Nintendo Game Boy watches, but we think this one is among the best. Not least because it’s still available for purchase. The watch uses the Super Mario Land theme as its alarm sound and its buttons are used to set the time and date.
Freakersneaks made limited-edition Air Jordan IVs themed after the Game Boy and one of its classic games, Super Mario Land. The sneakers feature a pressable d-pad and buttons on the heel, and a Game Boy cartridge as the tag. They cost a crazy $1,350, but still sold out.