SuperGameBoy in an NES cartridge!

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SuperGameBoy in an NES cartridge!

Post by Seaniccus » Sun Aug 31, 2008 7:16 pm

Recently I've been hankering for some old gameboy games, so I went down to my local used game shop and picked up a Super-Game Boy. There was only one problem: I have a Japanese SNES, a Super Famicom, and American cartridges don't fit:

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The bottom of the cartridge is the wrong size:
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Normally I solve this problem with something called a "super adaptor," all it really does is run the cartridge through a long circuit board designed to fit in the super famicom.

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Normally this works great, but for some reason, doing this with a SuperGameBoy seems to produce graphical glitches - scanlines and garbage.

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This was pretty annoying. It took me awhile to figure out it was the presence of the super adapter, and i'm still not sure why it happened. I cleaned it thoroughly, I tested the pin connections with a multimeter, everything seemed fine. It SHOULD have worked, but it didn't. Eventually I took the Super Game Boy out of the plastic case and plugged it into the Super Famicom directly, and it worked perfectly!
I could have continued to use it like that, but I like to have my games protected by something when i'm not using them - and best way to do that is to have it in some sort of case - so I decided to make a new one.

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Now my Super-Gameboy is in the remains of an old NES GOLF cartridge. I had to shave part of the circuit board down and it just BARELY fits, but it works. Pushing the cartridge into the system takes a little force, but it's not bad. I might have to modify it further, i'm not sure where the resistance is, but it's no big deal, once you learn the quirk it's easy to take the cartridge in and out. The eject button does not work with this cartridge.

Best of all, it still works - with clear graphics!

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Here are some shots of it outside of the system:

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It's pretty roomy in there. The SGB circuit board is pretty small. Because it's made out of an NES cartridge, i'm afraid I might get it mixed up with my nes games. If you are nuts like me and you decide to do this, make sure you don't cram it into the wrong system.

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Post by CronoTriggerfan » Sun Aug 31, 2008 7:58 pm

Heh, nice, good quick fix. Though if you ever decide to upgrade it, you should throw it in an old Super Famicom cart. Now that would be truly epic! :P
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Post by Seaniccus » Sun Aug 31, 2008 8:02 pm

CronoTriggerfan wrote:Heh, nice, good quick fix. Though if you ever decide to upgrade it, you should throw it in an old Super Famicom cart. Now that would be truly epic! :P
I really wanted to, but the only Super famicom game i have a double of is secret of mana 2 (JP, just secret of mana here,) and I don't really want to destroy it.

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Post by Sun-Wukong » Sun Aug 31, 2008 10:50 pm

Pretty sweet. One question though, what NES game did you use for it?
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Post by Seaniccus » Sun Aug 31, 2008 11:14 pm

An old black-label GOLF cartridge. I felt a little bad because it's one of the classic "black-label" designs, but it was the only game the shop had that was .99 except duck hunt - and I didn't want to destroy a "duck hunt only" cart because the novelty of it. I didn't feel bad about destroying a golf because I already had a famicom copy of it.

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Post by Seaniccus » Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:56 am

Wait, why was this moved? I figured because it was a super-game boy project it would be appropriate for the super-nintendo forum.

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Post by CronoTriggerfan » Mon Sep 01, 2008 2:21 am

Seaniccus wrote:Wait, why was this moved? I figured because it was a super-game boy project it would be appropriate for the super-nintendo forum.
Eh, it could go either place, really, but News is dedicated to completed projects, which this is. You'd get more attention here, too, so all's not bad. :P
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Post by khaag » Mon Sep 01, 2008 12:46 pm

That's ghetto as balls, but I like it. Cheap, easy, and efficient. Good job.

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Post by Seaniccus » Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:34 pm

CronoTriggerfan wrote:
Seaniccus wrote:Wait, why was this moved? I figured because it was a super-game boy project it would be appropriate for the super-nintendo forum.
Eh, it could go either place, really, but News is dedicated to completed projects, which this is. You'd get more attention here, too, so all's not bad. :P
Makes sense. I was just surprised because I had never had at topic moved before.
khaag wrote:That's ghetto as balls, but I like it. Cheap, easy, and efficient. Good job.
dude, everything I make is ghetto as balls.

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Post by khaag » Mon Sep 01, 2008 6:11 pm

T'was a compliment ;)

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Post by Seaniccus » Mon Sep 01, 2008 6:53 pm

khaag wrote:T'was a compliment ;)
Oh, sorry. I knew that, i didn't mean to make it sound like i was upset. Ugly is just my style, man.

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Post by khaag » Mon Sep 01, 2008 11:50 pm

Hey, why change a formula that isn't broken right? :wink:

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Post by Dr. KillGood » Tue Sep 02, 2008 12:40 am

Can I has the super game boy shell? :D
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Post by Sharp Sapphire » Tue Sep 02, 2008 6:08 pm

Dr. KillGood wrote:Can I has the super game boy shell? :D
...you can always count on dr killgood to ask for the freebies.
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Re: SuperGameBoy in an NES cartridge!

Post by 64M320N3 » Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:25 pm

Poor NES Golf nobody likes it :cry: .
Oh well, good work. It least you use the thing unlike my billions of freinds who sold theirs on ebay. How tight of a fit is it really?
If it's bad, then i'd just move it to an SNES case, but if you like it that's cool. Have fun with Metriod!
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