Handheld gaming is a luxury that many take for granted in the modern age. From our smartphones, to home console hybrids such as the Nintendo Switch, gaming on the go has never been easier. However, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the console industry took a long time to get the formula for portable gaming right. From battery hungry machines to impractically sized designs, it quickly became apparent that for pocket sized gaming to be achievable, the correct compromises had to be made. It wasn’t until the Nintendo Game Boy made its debut in 1989 that gamers could finally play their games both practically and portably, changing the industry as we know it.Nintendo’s legendary gray brick had many qualities that gave it the advantage over its competition; longer battery life, a large library of games and a comfortable form factor all made it a gamers favorite travelling companion. Despite the Game Boy brand being discontinued, its appeal still resonates throughout gaming … [Read more...] about How to mod your Game Boy and Game Boy Advance
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OLD tech is having a boom in resale value as children of the 80s and 90s look to relive their youth. Here's what your old Gameboy could get you if you are done with playing it and want to make a bit of dosh. How much is an original Game Boy worth? If you've got an old Gameboy knocking about then you could be set to make a tidy profit. When the original grey handheld games console was launched by Nintendo in 1989 it cost £67.40. It featured a distinctive black and green LCD screen and a slot for players to inset "game cartridges" into the back. Now, 29 years later fans of the gadget are selling them on eBay. Of course, those that have never been played and are in sealed boxes are worth the most money. And while we feel sad to see a Game Boy that has never been played one seller managed to flog the console for £260. Even if you've got a used gadget you could still sell it on for a fair chunk of cash. One seller flogged their used Gameboy, including 12 games, for £215 last … [Read more...] about How much is an original Game Boy worth and is the special edition Game Boy Light more valuable?
Over the weekend, a Japanese auction site revealed an incredibly rare version of Nintendo's Wii remote: one that was designed not for a Wii console, but for the previous generation's GameCube. And at least one game developer has already attested to its legitimacy. The previously unrevealed remote controller, which sold at Yahoo Auctions for 74,000 yen (approximately $663 USD) on Thursday, looks incredibly similar to what eventually launched for the Wii. The button layout and shape of the remote looks quite similar, and it includes a paired "nunchuk" controller and sensor bar. But unlike the wireless Wii controller that eventually launched in 2006, this one is hardwired—and includes a GameCube controller connector at the end of its apparently long cord. The attached prototype nunchuk looks even more like its Wii sibling, with its biggest difference being an Ethernet cable as its connector. This was eventually replaced by a proprietary Wii controller connector (which is still … [Read more...] about Japanese auction reveals Nintendo’s first Wii remote… for the GameCube
Old Nintendo consoles are clearly having a Moment. This interest has been spurred in part by official hardware releases like the NES and SNES Classic Editions, tiny replica consoles that have more in common with your smartphone than with the original hardware. But lots of people still want to dig out their old cartridges and play games on actual hardware, as evidenced by the Analogue NT, the Super NT, and Hyperkin’s unabashed Game Boy Pocket clone. It’s that last one I want to focus on. Nintendo’s retro revival has so far focused mostly on the classic boxes that you hooked to a TV, ignoring the portables that buoyed Nintendo when home consoles like the GameCube and Wii U faltered. But Hyperkin’s backlit Game Boy clone and the (heretofore totally unsubstantiated) rumors about a Game Boy Classic Edition suggest that people want to relive their long childhood car trips just like they want to relive hours in the basement parked in front of a TV and an NES. If you … [Read more...] about How to make your old Game Boy as good as (or better than) new
Devindra HardawarSenior EditorMy favorite gadget this winter was a surprising one. It wasn't the SNES Classic, which I'd spent months pining over in nostalgic anticipation. It was a $330 toilet seat.Specifically, Toto's C200 Washlet. It has everything: a built-in seat warmer, which is ideal on cold days; a slow-close lid, to avoid loud seat slams in the middle of the night; there's even a deodorizer, which makes stinky smells evaporate into thin air. Most importantly, there's the remote-controlled bidet -- an elegant tool for a civilized age (at least, that's what I tell myself).While it's not technically "smart" (it's not app- or web-connected), the Toto Washlet feels like an ideal smart home upgrade. It's a vast improvement over a traditional toilet seat in just about every sense. And trust me, once you get used to a bidet, you'll wonder how you ever lived with toilet paper alone.In many ways, the Toto Washlet is an example of what every smart home device should be: something that … [Read more...] about What we’re buying: Toto’s toilet upgrade and an old Game Boy Advance