GameBoy Advance: Mad Men edition


Miss your GameBoy Advance? This mod elevates it to the level of art.
Miss your GameBoy Advance? This mod elevates it to the level of art.
Photo: Love Hultén

Think your iPhone is the most beautifully designed portable gaming console? Think again.

I’ve owned a lot of game consoles in my life, but I’ll always have a soft spot for the GameBoy Advance SP. It was Nintendo’s first clamshell console design – a form factor since embraced by the Nintendo DS and 3DS consoles – but it was just perfect. It felt great in the hand, it looked cute, and it had a fantastic library of games that still hold up.

I don’t have a GBA SP anymore, but here’s something even better: a beautiful handheld wooden emulator made of walnut that plays original GameBoy Advance games.

Designed by Love Hultén, a Swedish artist who marries classic furniture design with modern computers, the PE358 is a pocket-size portable game system inspired by the GameBoy Advance SP.

Crafted out of solid walnut, it doesn’t use “real” GBA hardware, but instead runs on a Raspberry Pi A+ microcomputer, which makes it fast enough to emulate original GameBoy, GameBoy Advance and Nintendo Entertainment System games.

The PE358 by Swiss artist Love Hultén.
The PE358 by Swiss artist Love Hultén.
Photo: Love Hultén

Honestly, it’s just gorgeous. Better yet, while Hultén usually designs one-off art pieces, he told Gizmodo that this one actually might end up being mass-produced and going on sale.

When that happens, I’m going to be the first one in line.

Source: Love Hultén

Via: Gizmodo


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