25 years later the GameBoy Camera is back – but more refined

Gameboy Mini camera
(Image credit: @thegameboycamera)

Long before VR gaming and the Nintendo Switch, there was the humble Gameboy – a handheld, nonbacklit console with just four buttons and a directional pad. It was a phenomenon. Just under a decade after its release, Nintendo launched a pocket camera that enabled you to not only shoot greyscale photos – and print them if you also bought the Game Boy printer. Now, decades later, a diehard Gameboy fan has brought developed his own version, but this one looks like a Gameboy Mini cartridge.

This isn’t the first time a tech enthusiast has imagined up a camera. Last year someone who was after a Leica-M system created his own cheaper version – a Peica- using a Raspberry Pi and 3D printing, and the Gameboy has been targeted too – someone modded a Gameboy camera with a DSLR lens.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.