Artist turns a Game Boy into a living Legend of Zelda scene

A tiny tribute

The Game Boy played host to countless top-tier franchises, including The Legend of Zelda. Artist RetroEtched is paying tribute to Zelda's numerous appearances on the Game Boy with a one-of-a-kind piece that brings the series to life in a whole new way.

In the Instagram post above, RetroEtched shared a look at how the whole project came together. The Game Boy itself was just a shell to begin with, so don't worry about a working Game Boy being gutted for this piece. The sword and plinth were custom modeled, and the Game Boy's screen void was filled with foam to seat everything together.

As we said, this is a one-of-a-kind piece, so you can snatch one for yourself. You can check out RetroEtched's Etsy shop though, where he sells some other Zelda-inspired items.

StarFox gets a fan-made RPG spin-off for the Game Boy

Don't relax, we're not done yet!

There's really not much out there from the Big N when it comes to StarFox spin-offs. We have StarFox Guard and StarFox Adventures, and that's about it. Wouldn't it be nice to see the franchise branch out with some other ideas? Indie dev Suitntie22 thought so, which is why he set out to make StarFox: Grounded.

StarFox: Grounded is a JRPG-style Game Boy game that puts Falco in the lead role. Check out official game details below, and hit up the link to give it a go yourself.

A Fan Game for the StarFox franchise where you get to experience an original adventure as the ace pilot Falco Lombardi!

After a simple retrieval mission goes wrong for the StarFox crew, They find themselves grounded and scattered across a mysterious planet. Play as Falco trying to fix his ship and look for his crew mates as he fights against the mysterious assimilating robot species that are slowly taking over the planet.

Check out the game here

Cyber Gadget releasing 4th anniversary edition Retro Freak

Freak out!

Cyber Gadget is celebrating the 4th anniversary of the Retro Freak with something special. A limited edition is set to launch in Japan on march 18th, 2020, and it's priced at ¥20,000. This package includes a gray version of the console, a Retro Freak controller and adapter, and a standard Super Gray color controller. The Retro Freak will play cartridges from the following games.

- Famicom
- NES (with adapter)
- Super Famicom
- Super Nintendo Entertainment System (including NTSC and PAL)
- Game Boy
- Game Boy Color
- Game Boy Advance
- SG-1000 (with adapter)
- Sega Mark III (with adapter)
- Mega Drive (NTSC / PAL)
- Genesis
- Game Gear (with adapter)
- PC Engine
- TurboGrafx-16
- PC Engine SuperGrafx

Other features of the Retro Freak include the support for USB controllers, and microSD card for backing up your games. The console itself also allows for game backups.

Nintendo sends fan a brand-new Game Boy after fan's 95-year-old grandmother starts having health decline

This story took place a few years ago, but it was recently posted online and in Japanese newspapers. The story states that a 95-year-old grandmother loved to spend her time playing Tetris on her Game Boy. However, as time went on, the grandmother began to suffer health problems, and around the same time, her Game Boy stopped working. As a result, her 70-year-old daughter, named Kuniko Tsusaka, attempted to try and fix the Game Boy. She was unable to find the necessary parts to repair the system, so she sent the Game Boy to Nintendo in hopes that they could repair it. 

Afterward, Nintendo responded a week later by stating that they did not have the necessary parts to fix the Game Boy, so instead, they sent the grandmother a brand new Game Boy with a letter. The letter can be seen in the Tweet below:

The letter thanks Tsusaka and her grandmother for enjoying Nintendo products. The grandmother has since then passed away at the age of 99, and Tsukasa thanked Nintendo by stating "Up in the sky, she’s thankful, I think."

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Original Soundtrack hits Japan on March 18th, 2020

Timeless tunes

Nippon Columbia has announced that the 4-CD The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Original Soundtrack will launch in Japan on March 18th, 2020, and is priced at ¥4,950. The soundtrack features 205 tracks from both the Game Boy and Switch soundtracks, along with the Ballad of the Wind Fish TV commercial version.

Jeremy Parish's Game Boy Works - Game Boy Camera retrospective

One of Nintendo's best oddities

By request of patron Joseph Wawzonek, this Gaiden episode dives into something that is neither game nor peripheral... it is both. And it is the best. It is... the Game Boy Camera. History's greatest video game gadget! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Thanks to Mysteryman for the heads up!

Digital Foundry Retro - Analyzing the original Mortal Kombat and its ports

Which port was the best?

Join John for a very special, extended episode of DF Retro. Midway's classic Mortal Kombat is under the microscope, with a look at its beginnings, its meteoric success in the arcades and the inevitable ports to console systems - and beyond.

Brazilian soccer team welcomes new player with a Pokemon tribute video

What a welcome!

Brazilian football team Botafogo has added Japanese veteran midfielder Keisuke Honda to their roster. To give Honda a warm welcome, the team prepared a special video that takes generously from the original Pokemon Game Boy games. Check out the special intro above.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening "Koholint Island Puzzle" available exclusively at GameStop

Feeling puzzled?

GameStop is stocking a bit of Legend of Zelda merch that you'll only find at their stores. Jigsaw puzzle fans can pick up a Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening puzzle, which includes 550 pieces, and is priced at $10. You can grab yourself one of the puzzles right here.

Hyperkin explains why they're bringing Game Boy games to the TV with the RetroN Jr.

In all their chunky pixel goodness

Hyperkin has released a number of consoles and portables that let you enjoy your classic cartridges, but their next piece of hardware is a bit different. The RetroN Jr. will let you play your Game Boy games on the TV instead of handheld, which has lead to some people wondering why that decision was made. Hyperkin shared their reasoning in an interview with Nintendo Life, which you can find below.

The benefits of playing a Game Boy game on a home TV is to take advantage of a large screen. This can potentially allow gamers to appreciate their classics again, this time in a comfortable living room instead of those streetlight-lit car rides home. The pick-up-and-play nature of a handheld console becomes more relaxed and possibly more patient. Now your whole family can see you tackle those dungeons. This gives a whole new perspective to your favourite RPGs and puzzle games that you enjoyed as a kid.


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