Modder transforms Game Boy Color into awesome Apple TV remote

Modder transforms Game Boy Color into awesome Apple TV remote


Not every Game Boy Color sits in a drawer. This one became an Apple TV remote.
A decades-old Game Boy Color finds fresh purpose as an Apple TV remote.
Screenshot: Otto Climan

Otto Climan decided his 90s-era Game Boy Color should have a new life. Rather than hacking it into a more powerful handheld gaming platform, he went in a completely different direction. He converted the device into an Apple TV remote.

Watch the process in his YouTube video:

Game Boy Color makes better Apple TV remote

There are mixed feelings about the Apple TV remote. Some people think it’s somewhat poorly designed. Others think it’s the worst remote ever. Climan’s modified Game Boy Color isn’t necessarily better, but it’s certainly more fun.

Especially as the hacked version still works as it originally did. Climan created a customized cartridge to control Apple’s settop box. The two devices communicate over IR.

But he still gave his handheld game console a facelift. There’s a white casing and buttons. Plus, he added the Apple rainbow logo. There’s one on the new cartridge too.

And he put in a better screen. This shows off Apple’s current white logo when the device is functions as a TV remote, but also makes playing games more enjoyable.

Unfortunately, Climan is not going into business making Apple-themed Game Boy Color units that are also Apple TV remotes. This was a one-time project for his YouuTube channel.

His mod is similar to one added Spotify support to a 17-year-old iPod Classic.

Via: Gizmodo


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