If finding a way to play PlayStation 1 games on a Gameboy Advance was one of your resolutions for 2021, you’re in luck. A modder by the name of Rodrigo Alfonso has hacked a cartridge for the 20-year-old handheld, allowing them to play 3D games like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro: Year of the Dragon on a console that was never designed to do so.
Alfonso hacked the Gameboy Advance by moving his game processing and rendering to a custom cartridge, which contained a Raspberry Pi 3 with a PlayStation emulator. The Raspberry Pi allows Alfonso to stream any RetroPie-compatible game to the Gameboy Advance through the device’s link port.
Alfonso is limited to transmitting very low resolution graphics, 240×160, but that’s the point. Depending on how Alfonso feels about frame rate when running a game, they can choose to stream at 240×160 or 240×80 and enjoy the retro vibe offered by the intense scan lines, or they can opt for 120×80 and use a slightly brighter mosaic effect. . The display itself is illuminated in a backlight mode with an AGS101 display. Alfonso shared videos of his success with the mod on his YouTube channel and provided a replica. instructions on GitHub.
Because RetroPie is capable of emulating a wide range of retro consoles from the Nintendo Super NES to the Atari 7800, Alfonso’s hacked Gameboy Advance is capable of playing much more than PS1 games. (One of Alfonso’s videos shows Battletoads and Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars playing on the device, and both games were developed for the NES.) But since the PS1 was not a handheld and was made by a completely different company, compared to the other Nintendo consoles that the modified Gameboy Advance can now emulate, Alfonso’s ability to theoretically play Metal Gear Solid on screen. 2.9-inch is more impressive.
Gameboy Advance is no stranger to mods. Technicians have long sold custom cartridges for the old-school device, allowing users to basically make their own game cartridges, even with multiple game files in a “flash cart.” Unfortunately, no matter how good your console hacking skills or emulators are, fans of the original Gameboy Advance are unlikely to experience PlayStation 2+ games on the small screen, given the addition of later models of an analog device. at your controls.