When we talk about legendary gaming consoles, Nintendo will probably get the most mentions. Game Boy Advance and the Nintendo DS are two of these nominations and the revolutionary successes in the company’s history. Nintendo DS is the 2nd best-selling console of all time, while the Game Boy Advance also makes the top 10.
Both of these shaped an entire generation of creators while also setting standards for handheld gaming. So, what would happen if you combined both of these into one single console? A YouTuber did exactly this and made a console with a Nintendo DS shell and a Game Boy Advance SP interior in a weird amalgamation.
- A YouTuber made a hybrid of a Nintendo DS and a Game Boy Advance SP.
- It uses the internal design of GBA SP with buttons down and the LCD up but utilizes Nintendo DS’ PCB.
- The console can run games from Atari, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, SNES, and much more.
YouTuber and console modder Gameboy Custom is responsible for this brand-new invention. The overall design of the combination matches that of the Game Boy Advance, with buttons below the screen. According to the YouTuber, the hybrid has a dual backlit screen, better ergonomics, tactile trigger buttons, and a USB C port.
Gameboy Custom made this mixture of the Nintendo DS and GBA with his bare hands. He used block sand, epoxy resin, and primer filler and then painted the Game Boy Advance shell. Spray putty, body filler, and block sand were again used for the DS shell.
As you can see in the video, the YouTuber paints the shells several times and uses wax & grease remover to give them a shiny look. Moving on, he had to pull out screws from the painted Nintendo DS shell so the light internals can fit into the mixture. Then the YouTuber moves on to the more technical stuff.
First, he starts by fitting the DS Light internals into the modified shelf. He then relocates the earphone jack, volume controller, and the Nintendo DS light cartridge slot. After this, he finally connected the LCD screens to the console by using 20 mm adapter cables to connect the DS lightboard.
Next up, the YouTuber tests the console, and the hybrid looks pretty good when it turns on. But this is just the test fitting, and he has to remove unnecessary things like the Nintendo DS Cartridge slot from the PCB. Afterward, he cleans the board by using flux to clean unwanted electronic parts.
Following this, the complex task of rewiring trigger buttons on the console comes up. It’s complex, and the YouTuber uses tactile buttons to accomplish this by relocating the latter’s LED and Power Switch. The LED color in this build is red, but you can change it to any you like, according to Gameboy Custom.
After he rewires the volume slider, he fits the PCB into the custom console’s shell. By using the tactile buttons, the YouTuber gives the build a modern feel. When he boots up the console after this fine-tuning, it works perfectly.
From here, the modder moves on to mounting the speakers and uses the PSP 3000 speakers. There is no earphone jack, but the sound will be pretty clear, according to the YouTuber. Beyond this, there is just one thing left to do: start the software process after reattaching the cartridge.
It’s a tedious process to reattach the small point to the cartridge, but the Nintendo DS and GBA mixture works well after it. He then uses a DS R4 Flash cartridge which has some brilliant resources at its disposal. You can play and emulate Atari, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, SNES, Super Nintendo, PC Engine, and Commodore 64 games.
Hence this custom device is the ultimate retro Nintendo console. Due to its features and utilities, Gameboy Custom has decided to keep the console and not sell it. Even though it’s sad we can’t play it, seeing it in action with the Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire is still nice.
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