A technical DIY YouTuber named Otto Climan worked with Retro Modding to create a beautiful, classic Apple-style Game Boy Color with an updated screen and the ability to work as an Apple TV remote control.
There are no overestimations of the love affair between consumers and tech enthusiasts with Apple’s touchpad-based remote control for Apple TV and Apple TV 4K. Many consider it virtually useless, and articles or videos about Apple TV 4K often get more comments about “but that remote, though.”
(Full disclosure: when I reviewed Apple TV 4K, I actually did liked the remote control. I think it’s much easier to browse content with than alternatives from Roku and others. But I did not speak mildly for all Ars, and the general consensus in comment threads and internet forums everywhere seems to be “thumbs down.”)
In his YouTube video, Climan reviews the wild story of Game Boy modifications and attachments, and begins work on changing a classic Game Boy Color handheld console. He installs a more modern LCD monitor and puts the hardware in the cabinet designed by Retro Modding.
Retro Modding also delivered a cartridge that Climan filled with an SD card that could contain ROMs for Game Boy to run. He then used command-line tools to program a ROM that allowed the use of Game Boy Color’s existing IR port (formerly used to transfer data between Game Boys) to communicate with Apple TV, instead of Apple’s own controversial. remote control.
In the end, it works, and Climan notes that he was able to make it happen thanks to the Game Boys’ thriving and helpful online modding community. We only get to see a few seconds of the device being used as a remote control, but that’s enough to tell us that it works.
We have included some photos from the video above, but we recommend watching the video because Climan deserves the clicks for his work here. The video is Italian, but if you are English-speaking, Google’s automatically generated subtitle translation does a sufficient job of getting the general gist – though little of the nuance.
Listing image by Otto Climan