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DIY Gameboy with Bluetooth!

Long in the tooth

Fantastic retro-fitting fun

If you’re familiar with the world of Game Boy modding and music, then the name Joe Heaton should be known to you. This UK-based tech genius has been featured on the site in the past – both as an interview subject and to offer sagely advise to prospective modders – and he’s back with his latest amazing creation.

Heaton has created the ultimate mod by retro-fitting a Bluetooth module to a trusty Game Boy console, allowing it to pair with external Bluetooth speakers for a fuller, richer sound.

In Heaton’s own words:

For this mod I took a cheap Bluetooth transmitter from eBay, took it apart, hacked the hardware to run on my Game Boy and squeezed it all inside the console’s shell. Operation of the Bluetooth module is all done via the Game Boy’s select button.

As you can see in the video below, the mod is so well executed that you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d somehow stepped into an alternative reality where Nintendo is still making Game Boy systems and is slowly upgrading them with modern features.

In Heaton’s case, the mod means he can really show off his chiptune creations – composed under the name Joe Bleeps – as well as gain some extra volume when playing classic Game Boy titles.

You can follow Heaton’s marvellous modding exploits on Instagram and Twitter.

Via http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2015/05/modder_creates_a_bluetooth-ready_game_boy_because_why_the_heck_not

Geeky Gigs, an 8 bit and retro inspired live drums and DJ series


If you haven’t seen my Geeky Gigs web show, please check it out. Above is a playlist of all my geeky gigs so far. These are all solo performance videos of me playing several different pieces of equipment and software.

I spend some time playing drums to the Korg M01D on Nintendo 3DS, explore Vocaloid in a song with live drums and Megpoid GUMI, and show you some ways to use the Korg Nano series midi controllers live!

Next, I’ll be exploring possibilites of the Akai MPD 24 midi pad controller in the latest Episode of Geeky Gigs scheduled for this Sunday! I try to keep them entertaining and fun to watch, and new episodes come out just about every other Sunday.

Japanese 3DS game bridges gaming, composing music, Vocaloid and music publishing!

I’m not sure why Nintendo doesn’t release these types of games in the US, but I’m considering getting a Japanese 3DS just to get this thing.

Daigasso! Band Brothers P

You can use youtube’s translated subtitles to get the gist of what the narrator is saying about the game, as well as read this great write-up about it at Nintendo World Report, for a more in-depth description.

My take on it is this game looks completely amazing, it has a story mode where you snap your pic and record your voice (which gets turned into a vocaloid <3 <3 ) then allows you to jam along to songs using a variety of instruments in single or multi-player mode. You can connect up to 10 3DSs and all play together which sounds like an amazingly chaotic and fun time. There’s also a huge library of J-Pop included, as well as “radio stations” that allow you to get a lot more.

In addition to all mentioned above, you can also compose your own music using a suite of tools built into Band Bros P. Once you’re done with those, you can share them with your friends via streetpass, and upload them to the Band Bros page where users can vote on them and download them. I spent some time on this page myself and found quite a few really awesome and cute chippy/Vocaloid-y songs, like the one linked above. Too bad I can’t really read Japanese to fully enjoy these sites, but either way this is some cool cool stuff from Nintendo!


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