Some individuals are blessed with all of the expertise, and a type of folks is Andy Sexton, who’s not solely content material with being the Creative Director at Hi-Rez Studios (Smite, Paladins) — he is additionally a very good Game Boy modder in his free time.
We cannot be too mad, although, as a result of he additionally takes great images of these mods and shares them on the web. Also, he was good to us on Twitter… so we’ll provide you with a go, Andy. For now.
I did not understand the group that existed round these mods, and simply wished to be concerned
“This morphed into one in every of my hobbies over the previous couple of years,” he instructed us once we requested how he discovered the time to be so dang good at issues. “I actually wished (let’s be actual, wanted) to do one thing artistic and tactile throughout COVID, so I appeared into tips on how to finest play GBA carts in 2021. I began seeing these wonderful profiles on Instagram crammed with Game Boy designs I’d by no means seen. I did not understand the group that existed round these mods, and simply wished to be concerned.”
It was because of the delay of the slick Game Boy-esque handheld known as the Analogue Pocket — the first of many delays, as it could end up — that turned his consideration in the direction of making his personal. Buying an previous Game Boy may be very properly and good, however they are not significantly well-suited for contemporary gaming, with no backlight, and and never that many colors. Everyone is aware of that aesthetics and customisablility are very important lately, or we would not have so many Joy-Con color choices.
His newest creation is a Blastoise Game Boy Color, which he made for a buddy not too long ago. As it seems, making one thing for different folks is an entire completely different ball recreation, as a result of you possibly can’t actually simply wing it any extra.
“I’m a bit Chaotic Good on the subject of my builds,” he admitted. “I normally get an enormous thought of what I need to go for, after which go piece by piece making an attempt to supply elements to try to pull it off. It will be hectic, but it surely’s really launched me to quite a lot of creators within the mid scene – typically, should you’re passionate and have an thought, yow will discover somebody that may assist create one thing customized. I’m additionally lucky to have buddies close by which are into modding (and know tips on how to solder), so it is good to have some of us to offer development criticism or suggestions.”
But the Blastoise GBC modified the Chaotic half (though not the Good half). “I wished to assist him image how it could come collectively – so I made a sheet to offer an thought of what all would go into it. Even with this, I needed to make some adjustments, primarily to the again shell, that I feel labored out for the higher!”
Here’s that sheet, for reference:
The design course of was nonetheless a little chaotic, although — he determined, based mostly on a method he’d seen on his buddy’s Instagram, to check out a course of known as “hydro dipping“. “I knew I wished to duplicate a turtle shell for the again of the design,” he instructed us, and hydro dipping was a good way to attain a tortoiseshell-like impact.
Game Boy mods shouldn’t be simply a enjoyable pastime, both. Sometimes, Andy may even tie it again into his job, with this glow-in-the-dark Ymir GBC to commemorate his work on the sport Smite:
…Plus a Dima Game Boy to have fun the Season 3 launch of Rogue Company:
Andy’s personal private Game Boy, although, shouldn’t be based mostly on a recreation in any respect — it is based mostly on Gashapon, the little capsule toys you may get in Japanese arcades. It’s very cute.
It’s been very nice selecting up saves from 20 years in the past (!!) and replaying stuff from rising up
“I’ve at all times beloved Sega and their arcades in Japan,” Andy instructed us, “and mixing that concept with Gashapon toys into an precise Game Boy labored out tremendous properly. GBA is my favourite technology of handhelds too, so it has been very nice selecting up saves from 20 years in the past (!!) and replaying stuff from rising up.” He’s even planning to make the Gashapon SP into an entire sequence, every in several colors and themes — “the yellow SP may have a Pikachu toy, blue for Sega, pink for Kirby, and many others.”
But the enjoyable would not cease there — Andy’s already planning what comes subsequent.
“My subsequent Game Boy goes to be an EarthBound-themed construct! The thought is to have the entrance of the GBC to be steel, with the again being a red-black swirl design to appear to be Giygas. It’s my favourite recreation, and one in every of my favourite ultimate bosses. I’m excited to pay tribute to it (if I can pull the thought off!)”
Make positive to follow Andy on Instagram to see all of his newest work, and a few of the mods he is purchased from different folks, like this Switch Lite:
Which one in every of these Game Boy mods units your coronary heart aflutter? Are you tempted to get in on modding your self? Let us know within the feedback!