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The Old Grey Brick, She Ain't What She Used To Be - A Game Boy Thread

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
That looks pretty nice! I lost a Link's Awakening save to time, I'd like to avoid doing that again.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
That looks pretty nice! I lost a Link's Awakening save to time, I'd like to avoid doing that again.
I find pictures of recently replaced batteries in Gameboy cartridges nice to look at for some reason, so once you've done so, feel free to post a picture lol

In the coming weeks, I've got two new projects I'm excited to dive into. I ordered an apparently brand newly released v4 IPS screen for the Gameboy Color, which apparently has a bigger viewing area than the original GBC, and a new PCB for the original Gameboy with an IPS screen, which I've always wanted to tinker with. I'd gotten a good deal on an eBay auction for an original Gameboy, GBC, and a krikkz Everdrive GB x7, all for $150, and the goofy seller sent the original Gameboy in its original box! The above will have new shells and buttons and whatnot and I will definitely post pictures once they're done.

I spend way too much on Gameboys.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
I'd argue that! I've ordered a replacement shell, buttons, rubbers and lens for my DMG. I've attempted to get the lens with the wider aperture so I can fit the RIPS v4. Once I've managed to get the lens right I'll order the screen and fix the DMG's greatest failing.
 

Mr. Sensible

Pitch and Putt Duffer
It's definitely not the cheapest method for save backups, but I'll quote myself from the flash cart thread anyway just in case you happen to have an N64, Everdrive 64 and Transfer Pak:
So I recently started playing GBC Mario Golf on my Everdrive-GB, and I found myself enjoying it so much that I sought out a real copy of the game to play instead. However, that introduced the minor dilemma of abandoning my EDGB save data (about 20 hours of playtime) and starting fresh on a real cart. Some quick searching led me to a Micro-64 article covering Libgbpak, an Everdrive-64 utility by Saturnus that allows dumping of GB/GBC ROMs, as well as reading from/writing to save RAM, by making use of the N64 Transfer Pak accessory. After recovering from the shock of a Transfer Pak actually being useful, I was able to transfer my EDGB save over to my real copy of Mario Golf. I suppose it's a lot of hardware just to move save data around, but I was nevertheless impressed that it's possible at all!
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
I'd argue that! I've ordered a replacement shell, buttons, rubbers and lens for my DMG. I've attempted to get the lens with the wider aperture so I can fit the RIPS v4. Once I've managed to get the lens right I'll order the screen and fix the DMG's greatest failing.
Wait, there's a bigger version of the IPS for the DMG? My bigger replacement is for the GBC only... Dangit, I would've gotten the bigger one for DMG if I noticed it lol
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
It's literally just come out. It's the same screen as the FunnyPlaying option, but it has an onscreen display and customisable pallets, so if it fits a bit low or off to the side you can correct in software. I can also spend time getting my pea soup screen colour in fanatical accuracy.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
That pea soup color is important.

Well, I'll have to settle for the v3 IPS screen for the DMG, I guess. I'm keeping my backlit original DMG, so even though it's blue pea soup and not green pea soup, I can always go back to that for the "authentic" experience.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
The big problem with these new screens is they come with a lens in grey only, and I don't want that. So I'm faffing trying to get a custom one with the correct aperture.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
The big problem with these new screens is they come with a lens in grey only, and I don't want that. So I'm faffing trying to get a custom one with the correct aperture.
Yeah, the color of my GBC changed because the white lens was sold out, so I went with my second choice, clear black with a black lens. Which is fine! I like that color a lot, too.
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
If you own a Retrode, there's also a plug-in adapter for Game Boy/GBC/GBA, but I haven't used one, and it's roughly the same price as the one mentioned earlier. That being said, it seems like a good choice if you're already invested in the Retrode ecosystem (like I am).
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
Eh, probably not if you're just looking to get your ROMs/saves dumped. The nice thing about a Retrode is that you can use it with a PC to connect two SNES and two Genesis controllers, though. And games just show up as a USB drive when you dump them. It's very user-friendly. It would make a lot more sense if you're also looking at dumping SNES/Genesis games, which is why I wanted one. (It doesn't dump SA1 games, unfortunately, unless you have an adapter that I have no idea how to get hold of now.)

That GBxCart looks pretty cool, and the fact that it can also write their cartridges is a plus.
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
Finally got to use the Eon Ticket e-reader I've been holding onto for twenty years. The hardware requirements alone are hilarious:
  • two (2) Game Boy Advance or Game Boy Advance SP Systems (unless you want to track down the super-rare link cable required to use a Game Boy micro)
  • one (1) Game Boy Advance link cable
  • one (1) copy of Pokémon Ruby Version or Pokémon Sapphire Version (note: all this nonsense was dummied out of the English release of Pokémon Emerald Version)
  • one (1) Game Boy Advance e-Reader
And then on top of being notoriously extremely finnicky to use, you can't do anything with it until you unlock the option by saying a specific string of words to one particular unassuming-looking NPC. Legendary.

 
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Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Haha that rules. What does the Eon Ticket get you, again? The other Latios/Latias bird or whatever?
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
Yup. It also patches the berry glitch present in the early runs of Ruby and Sapphire.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
They programmed that the weirdest way possible. Counts to 365 for each day after the day it's started, then it stops.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Has anybody here used GB Studio? A few games have come out from people using this engine to make Gameboy games, and I've downloaded the thing and have been poking around in it, but it's slow going because I've never programmed anything in my life lol. Ideally I'd like to make a SaGa/Final Fantasy Legend tribute game, but that's - for now - way beyond me haha.
 

ASandoval

Old Man Gamer
(he/him)
Has anybody here used GB Studio? A few games have come out from people using this engine to make Gameboy games, and I've downloaded the thing and have been poking around in it, but it's slow going because I've never programmed anything in my life lol. Ideally I'd like to make a SaGa/Final Fantasy Legend tribute game, but that's - for now - way beyond me haha.

I've been meaning to poke around with it but haven't had the time (and need to focus on the other games I'm working on before starting another new project). A friend of mine who I'm working on the Nemo game with is also working on a Zelda-like called Kudzu though that's worth checking out.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
I've been meaning to poke around with it but haven't had the time (and need to focus on the other games I'm working on before starting another new project). A friend of mine who I'm working on the Nemo game with is also working on a Zelda-like called Kudzu though that's worth checking out.
Okay, that looks amazing. I will check it out this weekend, most likely! And if not, I'll keep an eye on it, because, uh, wow, that art style rules haha
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
Some really impressive stuff has come out of GB Studio; I came thiiis close to pre-ordering a cartridge copy of Deadeus this week, but it was like eighty dollars plus tax and shipping from the UK.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Spent most of the day fixing up a DMG and GBC. The DMG was easy - the only part left is the glass screen, which retromodding shipped separately from everything else (?). I should be getting that Monday, after which I'll post some pictures of everything running.

The GBC though - holy shit, did I have trouble with it. The guide on Hand Held Legend lies about how wide you have to modify the viewing area - I had to widen the hole almost to the top of the section covered by the glass screen, which is NOT what that image guides you to do. I figured this out, of course, after I'd finished everything, so I had to take it all apart and redo basically the whole thing. The bits inside are still not sanded down perfectly - when the screen is putting out all black pixels, you can see some light bleeding out in a spot on each side due to the screen being ever so slightly bent, but I'm afraid if I take it all back apart again, I'd break something. I had a hell of a time getting it all lined up, too, having to sand and resand and resand (and yes, you can adjust the horizontal and vertical axes using some soldered wires which I did do, but if it's crooked rather than misaligned like it was for me, you have redo it). I would actually recommend getting a shell fit for the IPS v4 whenever it comes out rather than modify one like I did, or at the very least get a bracket to prevent crookedness.

Anyway. Pictures likely on Monday, when I should get my glass screen and my wife will be around to take some good pictures with good lighting so things aren't a blurry mess. It was nice to mod these things again! I really enjoy doing it.
 
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Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Does the V4 have any differences besides the larger screen size?
You can adjust the horizontal and vertical axes, as well as adjust the RBG by values between 0-32 for each color. It also has "retro pixel" mode, which outlines each pixel to make it look like the original screen. This is my first GBC IPS though, so I'm not sure if previous versions had these features. And yeah, larger screen size.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
Only the FunnyPlaying DMG one had the retro pixel mode before this one to my knowledge. I've got a DMG V4 coming from Handheld Legend right now, so it'll be interesting to see how it is to mod.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Gotta say... GBC IPS v4 was worth all the trouble. Looks great, and playing Wario Land 3 using the savestate feature of my newly acquired Everdrive GB x7 rules (only to mitigate the bullshit mandatory golf minigame, which is really my only complaint about 3; ditto the dumb guessing games that cost gold in 2).
 
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