Turn a Game Boy into an Android Controller with These DIY Instructions

By: Andrew Sztein - Published: Mar 21, 2013 • References: instructables & bitrebels
Gaming can be wonderful on Android devices, but to truly be considered a gaming smartphone, the device should have some physical buttons to work with. Thanks to these clever DIY instructions by Instructables.com user alpinedelta, an old Game Boy is transformed from a vintage collectors item to a fully functional smartphone game controller.

The top of the Game Boy is hollowed out to be fitted with a Google Nexus case to hold the phone in place. The battery case is then modified to include the same wireless transmitter that is found in a common Wii remote. Wiring and setting up the Game Boy nicely is the hardest part. From there, it's just a simple matter of syncing a freely available emulator to what the device thinks is a Wii remote, and presto, your Google Nexus is now a gaming smartphone.

There's only one real catch; the Game Boy only had two buttons compared to the Super Nintendo's six, so certain games won't be playable if you're going the Super Nintendo route. Stats for DIY Gaming Smartphone Mods Trending: Older & Mild
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