As much as we love the Game Boy Color it’s safe to say that the lack of light behind the handheld’s screen makes for some frustrating gaming. While some retro gamers have managed to illuminate the console’s visuals through front lights stripped from a Game Boy Advance SP, a more impressive backlit solution appears to be just round the corner.
Retro manufacturer BennVenn - best known for his work creating the Game Boy cartridge reader known as the Joey-Squinson - recently took to his Facebook page to showcase an incredible work-in-progress. Taking the powerful backlit screen from the AGS-101 model of the Game Boy Advance SP, BennVenn has somehow managed to reprogram a Game Boy Color to output its gameplay onto this external LCD screen.
Through a small selection of photographs, WayForward's incredible (and rare) platformer Shantae was shown off running on the Game Boy Color through the handheld’s new screen. While the gameplay may be surrounded by a sea of unused pixels due to the differing sizes of output between the handhelds, the end result is nothing short of fantastic - and something which will no doubt be masked once reassembled into the Game Boy Color’s shell.
BennVenn is yet to document and confirm the methods used to pull off this feat, however, there is hope that this solution may become widely available in the near future.
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