GameBoy Advance Mini Arcade

With a lot of hard work and helpful answers from vcoleiro1, I finally completed this project.


Materials Required

Solder and Flux
Thin Model Wood
Wood Spray Paint
Glue Sticks for Glue Gun
Thin Small Coated Electric Wires (as small as you can get) (something like this)
A GameBoy Advance SP (try and get a backlit one)
Wire Cutters/Strippers (I used 2 plyers to pull off the ends)
A thin blade to cut excess hot glue (you ABSOLUTELY need this)
A Hot Glue Gun
A Soldering Iron
Model Wood Cutting Hand Saw
Tri-Wing Screwdriver
Japanese eBay buttons that look like arcade buttons (white) (red)
Special tiny joystick
Wood Filler
Magnets (to hold back cover on)


How To Build

Step #1 – Get the appropriate sizes and dimensions. Put the sizes and dimensions onto paper and use it to etch the wood to get ready to cut. After cutting the wood, sand the rough edges and hot glue them together to create the arcade cabinet. You can use wood glue, but hot glue should hold is sufficiently. Drill holes for the buttons and use wood filler to fix the wood cracks from drilling. Paint after you get everything complete for the arcade cabinet.

Step #2 – Wiring. You will need to get your solder iron and solder wire out and ready. Open the GameBoy and take out the battery and any game. Use your tri-wing screwdriver to open the shell. Remove the buttons and unclip the monitor cable and remove the motherboard. Use vcoleiro1’s video to guide you through the wiring process.

Step #3 – Place the buttons through the holes you drilled for the buttons and wire, solder, and hot glue the wires to the buttons and joystick to hold. Hot glue the screen on. You can watch my video to kinda show how I fit the insides in the cabinet.

NOTE: I took lots of pictures but I got a new phone and DIDN’T BACK UP THE PHOTOS!!! My fault…


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