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A Modder Turned a Burger King Toy into a Functioning Game Boy Color

A Modder Turned a Burger King Toy into a Functioning Game Boy Color

The first Nintendo Game Boy system was released in a variety of models (original, Pocket, the Japan-only Light), and so was the Game Boy Advance (original, SP, Micro), but the Game Boy Color missed out on redesigns: It was available in several colors, but it never had the type of overhaul the previously mentioned handhelds did. Now, with the help of Burger King, Reddit user ChaseLambeth has shown that somebody changed that.

When Pokémon Gold and Silver were released in late 2000, Burger King included miniature remakes of the console as a kid’s meal toy, but there was of course a significant catch: They obviously weren’t electronically functional devices, but cleverly packaged analog-style games that grew old quickly. Still, ChaseLambeth saw potential in the form factor and made what he calls a “Game Boy Color Nano.”

Rather, he tried making one, and his project seemed to be making decent progress, but he decided to buy this one from another modder for $250 instead. The device doesn’t include any original Game Boy Color hardware, but instead uses a Raspberry Pi Zero, a two-inch LCD screen, and the RetroPie emulator.

Burger King Toy + Raspberry Pi Zero = Gameboy Color Nano (Completed)

Since this mod uses RetroPie, it should be able to play more than just Game Boy Color games, provided whatever system you’re trying to emulate doesn’t need more than the provided buttons. Regardless, the Game Boy Color Nano is a triumph in fast food gaming technology. But let’s hope that kids don’t see this, because there’s a great potential they’d develop expensive taste in toys that are an afterthought of a meal, causing restaurants to meet this demand, which would cause them to jack up the prices on kids’ meals, which would surely have catastrophic effects on the global economy.

 

Featured image: ChaseLambeth

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