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I love the absurdity of the Nintendo Game Man

I thought the original Game Boy was a brick until I saw this

In recent years, we’ve seen a whole bunch of official new micro-versions of some of our old favorite consoles, the most respectably ridiculous of which must be the Game Gear Micro – a system so small that you can just as easily hold a magnifying glass in your pocket. But when it comes to custom buildings in the modding community, there has been a renewed interest in assembling retro consoles to a stupid degree.

We recently showed you a space-filled Nintendo Switch that realistically needs at least two players to handle pressing all the buttons. Now it’s a sobbing Game Boy – excuse me, Spillmann.

The creator of this “handheld” console, Grumpy Modeler, demonstrated the system in a video in November last year. I missed it, but now that it does the rounds again (good eye, SIFTD) I could not resist. In the builder’s own words, the Nintendo Game Man is “completely impractical and meaningless.”

The sheer size of this thing is entertaining in itself, but what makes this building so appealing is that it captures the authentic look of the original Game Boy. What about the inside? There’s a Famicom board stuffed in there, not reshaped Game Boy gut. Yes. It’s an illusion, but funny.

With the right 3D printer, materials and knowledge, you can theoretically build your own Game Man. Grumpy Modeler hosts the DIY project, in addition to a parts list and some tips, on Cults.

You would not have to use an original Famicom, either – the custom case could accommodate “any hardware, such as the Raspberry Pi, with the same LCD screen that I used,” according to the manufacturer.

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