Some individuals are blessed with all of the expertise, and a type of folks is Andy Sexton, who’s not solely content material with being the Inventive Director at Hello-Rez Studios (Smite, Paladins) — he is additionally a very good Recreation Boy modder in his free time.
We won’t be too mad, although, as a result of he additionally takes great photographs of these mods and shares them on the web. Additionally, he was good to us on Twitter… so we’ll provide you with a go, Andy. For now.
I did not understand the neighborhood that existed round these mods, and simply needed to be concerned
“This morphed into certainly one of my hobbies over the previous couple of years,” he informed us after we requested how he discovered the time to be so dang good at issues. “I actually needed (let’s be actual, wanted) to do one thing artistic and tactile throughout COVID, so I regarded into how you can finest play GBA carts in 2021. I began seeing these wonderful profiles on Instagram stuffed with Recreation Boy designs I would by no means seen. I did not understand the neighborhood that existed round these mods, and simply needed to be concerned.”
It was because of the delay of the slick Recreation Boy-esque handheld referred to as the Analogue Pocket — the first of many delays, as it will prove — that turned his consideration in direction of making his personal. Shopping for an previous Recreation Boy may be very properly and good, however they don’t seem to be significantly well-suited for contemporary gaming, with no backlight, and and never that many colors. Everybody is aware of that aesthetics and customisablility are crucial as of late, or we would not have so many Pleasure-Con color choices.
His newest creation is a Blastoise Recreation Boy Colour, which he made for a pal not too long ago. Because it seems, making one thing for different folks is an entire completely different ball sport, as a result of you possibly can’t actually simply wing it any extra.
“I am a bit Chaotic Good on the subject of my builds,” he admitted. “I normally get an enormous concept of what I wish to go for, after which go piece by piece making an attempt to supply elements to attempt to pull it off. It may be hectic, nevertheless it’s really launched me to lots of creators within the mid scene – typically, for those who’re passionate and have an concept, you’ll find somebody that may assist create one thing customized. I am additionally lucky to have buddies close by which might be into modding (and know how you can solder), so it is good to have some people to provide development criticism or suggestions.”
However the Blastoise GBC modified the Chaotic half (though not the Good half). “I needed to assist him image how it will come collectively – so I made a sheet to provide an concept of what all would go into it. Even with this, I needed to make some adjustments, primarily to the again shell, that I feel labored out for the higher!”
This is that sheet, for reference:
The design course of was nonetheless a little chaotic, although — he determined, based mostly on a method he’d seen on his pal’s Instagram, to check out a course of referred to as “hydro dipping“. “I knew I needed to duplicate a turtle shell for the again of the design,” he informed us, and hydro dipping was an effective way to realize a tortoiseshell-like impact.
Recreation Boy mods is just not simply a enjoyable pastime, both. Generally, Andy may even tie it again into his job, with this glow-in-the-dark Ymir GBC to commemorate his work on the sport Smite:
…Plus a Dima Recreation Boy to have fun the Season 3 launch of Rogue Firm:
Andy’s personal private Recreation Boy, although, is just not based mostly on a sport in any respect — it is based mostly on Gashapon, the little capsule toys you may get in Japanese arcades. It is very cute.
It has been very nice selecting up saves from 20 years in the past (!!) and replaying stuff from rising up
“I’ve all the time cherished Sega and their arcades in Japan,” Andy informed us, “and mixing that concept with Gashapon toys into an precise Recreation Boy labored out tremendous properly. GBA is my favourite technology of handhelds too, so it has been very nice selecting up saves from 20 years in the past (!!) and replaying stuff from rising up.” He is even planning to make the Gashapon SP into an entire sequence, every in numerous colors and themes — “the yellow SP could have a Pikachu toy, blue for Sega, pink for Kirby, and many others.”
However the enjoyable would not cease there — Andy’s already planning what comes subsequent.
“My subsequent Recreation Boy goes to be an EarthBound-themed construct! The concept is to have the entrance of the GBC to be metallic, with the again being a red-black swirl design to appear like Giygas. It is my favourite sport, and certainly one of my favourite ultimate bosses. I am excited to pay tribute to it (if I can pull the concept off!)”
Be certain that to observe Andy on Instagram to see all of his newest work, and a number of the mods he is purchased from different folks, like this Swap Lite:
Which certainly one of these Recreation Boy mods units your coronary heart aflutter? Are you tempted to get in on modding your self? Tell us within the feedback!