These Incredible Game Boy Mods are all by the same guy

Three reds: GB Mods
Photo: Andy Sexton

Some people are blessed with all the talent, and one of them is Andy Sexton, who is not only happy to be the creative director of Hi-Rez Studios (Smite, Paladins) – he is also a much good Game Boy mud in his spare time.

However, we can not be too angry, for he also takes wonderful pictures of these mods and shares them on the internet. He was sweet on us too on Twitter … so we’ll give you a pass, Andy. For now.

I was not aware of the community that existed around these mods and just wanted to be involved

“This has become one of my hobbies over the last few years,” he told us when we asked how he found the time to be so good at things. “I really wanted (let’s be real, needed) to do something creative and tactile during COVID, so I researched how I could best play GBA carts in 2021. I started seeing these amazing profiles on Instagram filled with Game “Boy design I would never have seen. I was not aware of the community that existed around these mods and just wanted to be involved.”

It was thanks to the delay of the smart Game Boy-like handheld called Analogue Pocket – the first of many delays that it was to turn out – that turned his attention to making his own. Buying an old Game Boy is very good, but they are not particularly suitable for modern games, without backlight and not so many colors. All know that aesthetics and customization options are very important these days, otherwise we would not have as many Joy-Con color options.

His latest creation is a Blastoise Game Boy Color, which he made for a friend recently. As it turns out, to do something for other people is a completely different ball game, because you can not really just wing it anymore.

Blastoise Front Landscape
Photo: Andy Sexton

“I’m a little chaotically good when it comes to my constructions,” he admitted. “I usually get a good idea of ​​what I want to go for, and then I go piece by piece and try to find components to try to pull it out. It may be hectic, but it’s actually introduced me to a lot. creators in the middle scene – in general, if you are passionate and have an idea, you can find someone who can help create something customized.I am also lucky to have friends nearby who are into modding (and know how to lots) so it’s nice to have some people to give building reviews or tips. “

Blastoise Front Box Landscape
Photo: Andy Sexton

But Blastoise GBC changed the chaotic part (though not the good part). “I wanted to help him imagine how it would fit together – so I made a sheet to give an idea of ​​what it would all go into. Even with this, I had to make some changes, primarily on the back shell, which I think worked for the better! “

Here are the sheets for reference:

Mmmm, love a good design dock
Mmmm, love a good design dock (Photo: Andy Sexton)

The design process was still one little chaotic, however – he decided, based on a technique he had seen on his friend’s Instagram, to try a process called “hydro dipping”. “I knew I wanted to copy a turtle shell to the back of the design,” he told us, and hydrodipping was a great way to achieve a turtle-like effect.

The turtle shell effect is quite nice
The turtle shell effect is quite nice (Photo: Andy Sexton)

Game Boy mods are not just a fun hobby. Sometimes Andy can even tie it back to his job with this glowing Ymir GBC to commemorate his work on the game Smite:

… Plus a Dima Game Boy to celebrate the launch of Season 3 of Rogue Company:

Andy’s own personal Game Boy is not based on a game at all – it’s based on Gashapon, the little capsule toy you can get in Japanese arcades. It is much sweet.

It has been really nice to pick up rescues from 20 years ago (!!) and play things from growing up

“I’ve always loved Sega and their arcades in Japan,” Andy told us, “and combining that idea with Gashapon toys into an actual Game Boy worked super well. GBA is also my favorite generation of handhelds, so it’s been really good. pick up rescues from 20 years ago (!!) and play things from growing up. ” He even plans to make Gashapon SP for an entire series, each in different colors and themes – “the yellow SP will have a Pikachu toy, blue for Sega, pink for Kirby, etc.”

But the fun doesn’t stop there – Andy is already planning what’s coming next.

This one shines in the dark!
This one shines in the dark! (Photo: Andy Sexton)

“My next Game Boy will be an EarthBound-themed construction! The idea is that the front of the GBC should be of metal, with the back a red-black swirl design similar to Giygas. It’s my favorite game, and one of My favorite last bosses. I’m excited to pay tribute to it (if I can get the idea out!) “

Be sure to follow Andy on Instagram to see all of his recent work and some of the mods he’s bought from other people, like this Switch Lite:

Which of these Game Boy mods makes your heart shake? Are you tempted to start modding yourself? Tell us in the comments!

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