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Nintendo Guitar Boy

By: on September 21, 2015
Nintendo Guitar Boy

Dunuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh. The only way the sweet sounds of Mario head butting bricks and eluding sly goombas could resonate any more beautifully in my heart is if they were played live. On my very own Game Boy electric guitar. Thank you, [Fibbef], for giving me the opportunity to experience this level of joy.

[Fibbef], an admin on BitFixGaming boards, built the fully functional Nintendo masterpiece with a Game Boy screen emulator front and center, and the handheld's buttons incorporated into the body of the guitar. A Raspberry Pi powers the screen while A and B buttons serve as both buttons for game use and volume and tone dials for musical play of the Guitar Boy.

Built for the 2015 Game Boy Classic build-off, the Guitar Boy took [Fibbef] around 3 months to create. He used a Raspberry Pi B+ running RetroPie v2.3, a 5″ LCD display, and custom wooden buttons. He also made the guitar body by hand, covering the entire piece in a plexiglass shell.

Check out the Guitar Boy build log here.