With all the NES Mini mess, some fun with the OG NES comes our way with a way to run the Super GameBoy in a really neat package.
bunnyboy over at nintendoage.com has been at work on a secret little device called the Retro Vision that makes GameBoy games run on a NES with the use of retro ingenuity and 8 bit magic.Here is what bunnyboy had to say,
Another secret project finally finished! Not going to set up a web page for this one yet because I only have NONE LEFT and ready to ship. If you want one it will be a couple weeks until I build more. They are going to start at $130 including shipping.
Note the amazing RET-RV-GBL label by Kevin
This is basically the Super GameBoy, without the Super part. The guts of an original GB are transplanted into a NES cart. My incredibly amazing custom board then translates the GB graphics into NES format, and the NES controller to GB format. The original link port is accessible, so you can connect another GB or RetroVision or plug in the printer.
The colors and border can be changed using the 2nd controller. Audio either comes from the headphone jack or through the NES if you have done the resistor mod inside your console.
Inside the cart is PACKED. The GB cart does stick up above the surface, so a front loader will need the metal bar removed like with the Game Action Replay. There’s lots of cool stuff like triple buffering to prevent screen tearing, and dual porting SRAM so the GB can write while the NES reads, but most people don’t care about tech details
More proto pics can be seen here
– It’s expensive: yup! Expensive parts, expensive development, lots of PITA assembly. See above if you are cheap
– It’s not available: I only have a few of these built right now. After vacation I can get more done but each one takes a long time to create.
This just goes to show you that its hard to hold back an old school gamer. I encourage you to tell us what you think, would you buy one, or just how cool is this let us know below.
Thanks for reading and keep doing it for the love of the game.