As original working gameboys are so expensive, how much would it cost to make one from parts?
Well, it’s not that easy. Unfortunately there is no source for new LCD screens (source). They have to be taken from donor DMG-01 units.
- Original Nintendo Gameboy DMG Mainboard *Full Working Order*, £11.95+£3.70
- 5 Colors Housing Case Full Button Parts for Kits Replacement Game Boy DMG-01, £4.89
Fixing burnt screens
Cables and connector
It is cheaper to get a DMG-14 together with the original cable
, whilst still attached, rather than with a broken cable loop…
- Nintendo GameBoy ** Original Link Kabel von Nintendo ** CBG 003 und DMG-14 **, EUR 18.95 (£16.35) + EUR 8.50 (approx. £7.33)
Using a different screen
Could it be possible to create a new screen, using either an off the shelf LCD or building a new LED based screen, with intermediary driver hardware (i.e. Arduino based) – see Large gameboy screen
Using FPGA to provide VGA output
There are a lot of examples of VGA output hacks:
Repurposing the screen (without the gameboy hardware)