By Heath Aldrich
|It's not purple, it's indigo.|
One night, I was lying in bed playing Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga on my GBA SP, the clam shell front lit version of the Game Boy Advance, and I was getting frustrated with the washed colors on the screen. I remembered that there was a newer model made that had a back lit LCD screen like the DS Lite, but the people who have those were selling them for about $50 and up on Ebay. That is ridiculous amount to pay for something I already own. I realized that the vast majority of games I would be playing is RPG's, and that I really should be looking for a Game Cube with a Game Boy Player, so I can enjoy the games on a bigger screen. After I started my search for that, and got out bid a couple of times, my brain started to turn. "Why don't I figure out a way to mod a GBA to play on my TV?" This seems like a totally doable process, but there is very little info on the process of doing this, because, as I found out later, it is almost impossible.
My goal seems simple, mod a GBA to plug into a TV and to have an external controller port so I can play for extended hours and not feel the portable gaming fatigue. Little did I realize, but I was taking on a project that was way over my head. I decided I wanted to modify an original NES controller to have L and R buttons for the external controller. I like the look and the feel of them, and as I have stated before, old Nintendo products are almost indestructible. To my surprise, I was unable to find any tutorials for that mod, I kept on thinking to myself "There is no way that I am the first person to think of this." That was a thought I kept on having as my search continued. Each piece to this puzzle is hidden, and every new revelation led me to believe I was never going to be able to complete this project, until I found this video.
At this time, I must again state, try any modifications to your hardware at your own risk. I will not be held responsible if you mess up your gear, and hopefully you can learn from my mistakes to save yourself the stress.
|This is a generic NES Controller, I got it for $6 off Amazon.com|
|Board with 3 circuit breaks, one for directions and select, one for select, one for B and A|
GBA Controller Mod:
|Are you confused yet? So am I.|
|Here is where I made my fatal flaw.|
GBA TV Converter:
|The final piece of the puzzle, the GBA TV Converter.|
|Not what I had planned ,but it will do.|