Modder makes a weird fusion of GBA and DS

Modder makes a weird fusion of GBA and DS

Modder makes a weird fusion of GBA and DS

A retro console modder creates an outlandish combination of two of Nintendo’s most popular handhelds, the DS and the Game Boy Advance SP.


A retro console modder has made an unusual fusion of the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance. The Game Boy line of consoles has always been successful, but the Nintendo DS wears the crown of Nintendo’s best-selling console to date.


Handheld systems have been a big part of Nintendo’s catalog since the Game Boy was released in 1989. It set the standard for handheld gaming and showed that it was more than possible to create engaging experiences that people could enjoy on the go. The Game Boy line continued with the Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance, but ended there when its successor, the Nintendo DS, adopted a different form of branding and naming convention. The DS console line was hugely successful over its lifetime, in part because some Nintendo DS launch titles were among the first 3D games playable on handheld consoles.

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The DS and Game Boy Advance are often closely associated, in part because the first two models of the DS were backwards compatible with the GBA. A prominent common feature was the clamshell design first seen in the Game Boy Advance SP, something that appears to have inspired retro YouTube console modder Gameboy Custom to merge the GBA SP with the DS. The modified console looks like two GBA SPs in a DS Lite shell. The most important aspect of this is the fact that the two screens are on the top half with the bottom reserved just for buttons, which is sure to confuse those familiar with the iconic DS design.

Gameboy Customs went the extra mile and used cases designed after classic Game Boy Advance games pokemon ruby and Sapphire. They have uploaded a complete build video in which they say that the production of their “most outrageous” handheld took over a year and uses a DS R4 flash cartridge which can emulate games from DS, GBA , SNES and many more. Unlike other consoles they manufacture, Gameboy Customs will not be marketing this console and will instead keep it in their own collection.

In the current era of Switch, Nintendo is at a point where its primary focus is on creating home console-like experiences rather than handheld ones. This in turn led to certain Nintendo franchises being missing from the Switch. Additionally, many games from these older handheld games tend to get limited re-releases, so fans wishing to play these games often resort to emulators, seek out original hardware, or in this case make a combination of the two. This is further proof that Nintendo is missing out by not making these games available on the Switch, but remains to be seen.

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