Broken Nintendo Handhelds Turned Into Beautiful Game Boys

Image: Joe Bleeps
Image: Joe Bleeps

The hinges on old Nintendo DS handhelds were notoriously weak and would often give way, but where most would bee a broken console, modder Joe Bleeps sees an opportunity to salvage the hardware and create something new: the Neon Advance.

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Because the bottom half of the unit is still intact, and because the older DS handhelds could play old Game Boy games, the Neon is still perfectly capable of playing GBA classics. And while the top half of a DS housed the speakers, Joe has repurposed the stylus slot under the bottom half and dropped a mono speaker in there.

Image: Joe Bleeps
Image: Joe Bleeps
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As for what becomes of the broken hinge, the handhelds take their name from a small light placed along the top of the unit inside the now-empty top screen housing, which is bright enough to look cool without being so bright that it distracts.

Image: Joe Bleeps
Image: Joe Bleeps

You can see more of Joe’s work at his Instagram, Twitter, Bandcamp and YouTube pages.

Image: Joe Bleeps
Image: Joe Bleeps
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Of course DS conversions aren’t anything new, I just thought these ones in particular were interesting because of the lights. For examples of a more subtle conversion, turning a DS into a Game Boy Macro and giving it a very nice paintjob, check out the work of obirux:

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Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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dodecapotamus
dodecapotamus

I tried to case-mod my DS Lite back in high school and managed to wreck enough of it that the upper screen stopped working. I ended up just dremelling off those sticky-uppy nubs and turning it into one of these, sans the cool modifications. They do make GBA ROM carts that sit flush in that slot, but it makes sense that the guy isn’t using them for promo shots.