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Mechanical Gameboy Advance Mk2 (prototype)

Mechanical Gameboy Advance Mk2 (prototype)

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HardCoreRugs

"HAS SCIENCE GONE TOO FAR?!?!"


Comprehensive-Ad2670

Your modders were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.


noodlemandan

Yes. 100%


lemonbeans13

hay I'm so proud of you, you did fantastic. that being said i fucking hate this. can't wait till you make a final model!


noodlemandan

I'm just hoping I can scrape together the skills to make a final model. Ideally I'd want to design a custom front shell to be 3d printed, but I don't have the skills to do so


lemonbeans13

don't give up you'll learn what you need or find someone to help you've got a good start


RobbWes

You forgot to fix the shoulder buttons.


noodlemandan

One step at a time


Rtor_Curry94

This is soo stupid.... I WANT IT!


noodlemandan

It is both stupid, and was surprisingly easy to do (minus the shell trimming, which was a pain because I don't have a Dremel)


Rtor_Curry94

Good on you for persevering. It's definitely a one of a kind GBA.


noodlemandan

Technically it's a 2 of a kind, because of the previous prototype


TXFDA

This is clearly a totally necessary mod that every GBA should have.


pyradoxon

I have no words for this... except for: I love it! and it creeps me out at the same time!


noodlemandan

It is extremely cursed


Half-bloop

You criminal. You absolute madman.


ssW16ss

Very cursed eww


GhostFartt

This had me laughing pretty hard ngl


Genesis-LZH

I would absolutely love this for rpgs, but it would be absolutely terrible for any platformers. I still want one though!


noodlemandan

I can report that it's not terrible. Not great either though


noodlemandan

I should totally try a platformer on it. Give me 10 minutes and I'll report back how well it plays Super Mario Land


rimrif

What an unlikely cross of two of my favorite hobbies. Please cross post this to r/mechanicalkeyboards, I'm sure some would get a kick out of it.


noodlemandan

I actually posted to that subreddit too. I don't know how to crosspost from the app I use on android.


DaveMcElfatrick

Oh god kill it, have some mercy


Alikune

You're a monster for mutilating a gba


noodlemandan

I think you'll find I mutilated TWO GBAs because I made 2 prototypes


Enuntan

My man's said "nope, I'm 2 monsters in 1 bitch, get it right"


Alikune

Horrifying. A better idea is to put a circle pad in that replaces the standard left buttons


noodlemandan

In this revision I cut the shell to sink the keys. Unfortunately I couldn't place them in better positions because of screw posts and components on the board having clearance issues.


xukkorz

This is awesome. I have had a low key thought to mount a Gameboy/3DS in side a clear acrylic fight stick and this feels along that line of thought.


noodlemandan

I had the idea less than 24 hours ago now, and this is my second prototype. First version I posted yesterday and that one was a proof of concept with tactile keys hot glued to the outside of the shell, this one I actually cut a shell (well, 2 shells because I screwed up the first) to fit the keys within. I will eventually make a third run of it with low profile cherry brown keys and some custom keycaps, but that won't be until I get a Dremel. I cut this case with a coping saw and flush cutters and it was a painful experience


xukkorz

That sounds rough but love the dedication. The low pro cherrys will probably make this really nice and slim. Wonder if you could mount the d-pad at a 45 so that it lines up with whats expected. Either way really nice job.


Rexermus

Dude, that's a sick concept! It would be awesome to see


MatejGames

That is incredibly cursed and incredibly blessed at the same time.


Th4tGuyUKn0

Now do backlit keys!


noodlemandan

I probably could if I had the skills lmao.


Th4tGuyUKn0

Some would consider those skills un-natural…


noodlemandan

All I did was solder wire from the contacts to the switches lol


Ohh_Tyler

"where is the rgb?"


SchattenZocker

"ayo what kind of switches do you have on your gba"


noodlemandan

True answer: They're knock off Cherry Blues from a cheap broken mechanical keyboard I had kicking around


PCsector

"just because you can. Doesn't mean you should"


rideriderider

This is some cyberpunk level lol


inclinedonline

When you liked the clicky buttons of the SP but you didn’t think they were clicky enough It looks super interesting. How was this made?


noodlemandan

With a small amount of effort and some soldering


xanisu16

Downvoted, its missing the rgb, damn poser. /s


Upstagebuffalo

If you have a 3d printer you may want to design a shell that can fit the new switches or even design circular key caps. The possibilities here are endless!


noodlemandan

I unfortunately don't, nor do I have the skills to do so. If I could I would though


raw_salmon

Play this on a plane and see how long it takes before you get attacked haha


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yamdudes

This made my day lol


artemisapollo2004

I have never been so offended by something that I 100% agree with


Megazorg3000

This should have been the original design, it's perfect. The only thing missing is a water cooler and you're good to go


rslashseanyboi

This is really funny to me for some reason


noodlemandan

It's because it's dumb


nmarf16

The select button isn’t a key literally unplayable


el_poopie

Delete


AmirulAshraf

Did you modify the gb file for Tetris? The original one doesnt not have that iconic theme in it


noodlemandan

Nope. It's just the cart I have


atomic_ozzy

r/mechkeyboards


noodlemandan

I posted it there too


anthonyblt

https://imgur.com/gallery/nNUDdNq


iNEEDZPANCAKES

This is awful! I love it.


OriginGodYog

Yeah, but why?


LemonHazel5055

Maybe try putting in the switches on the d-pad in diagonally so you don't need to stagger them like that? That'd make some keycaps feel pretty awkward, being at an angle, but a few blank DSA keycaps could make that work and maybe take a little bit of the jank out of it.


noodlemandan

The trouble with that is that the diagonal of a square is wider than any side, so I'd still have to stagger but even more drastically


brooklyn11218

Why?


fookum

Absurd.


speedygunzh

Look into keychron low profile mechanical switches


SlipperyScope

If you can find a way to fit everything into a nice design this will be peak gameboy


Righthookandrun

With your first prototype, you had my curiosity. Now, you have my attention. Please see this through and set the example for every modder with a dream!


CommodoreSchmidlapp

I am calling the police. Also, very cool!


dosfosforos

r/DIWHY ?


tsndr

Poor little game boy 😢


dexyooo

My hobbies are merging again!!


D86592

Now sell it and offer box jades so children will never be able to play it during the night


Pooky_z

I now definitely want to make one too, using low profile switches and custom buttons 👀


noodlemandan

Low profile are on the list for my eventual next prototype. I used what I had lying around for this and the previous prototype


BigBolas4U

DiWHY Not?