The more time passes, the more we want to enjoy those old video games that marked our childhood. That, as you know, is called nostalgia and that is precisely what they have decided to exploit from IntecGaming when they launched to develop this kit capable of convert our old Game Boy Advance into an almost desktop consolewith HDMI output, different video modes and even a gamepad connector.
a brilliant idea
There are many machines that emulate consoles and run them on hardware other than the original, which are used in most cases in emulation applications and similar things. But here that has nothing to do with it, because what we can buy is a way to transform our old laptop in an updated console, with a USB-C charging connector, HDMI output, communication port with other consoles (Ext.) and, as we said, a Super Nintendo gamepad connector: the original is not necessary, with any clone of the that are still manufactured will serve you well although, in addition, this kit comes with a converter cable.
This device, called GBA HDMI Kit, is not sold assembled as you see it in the images that you have below, but rather it will come to you in pieces, but we already tell you that its difficulty will not be excessive. With a screwdriver and following just three steps, we can do magic. Of course, before giving a new life to our old console, we will have to disassemble the original Nintendo machine to extract your motherboard from it as indicated in the instructions.
This is so because IntecGaming does not want trouble with Nintendo, always so jealous of its intellectual properties even though it has been more than a decade since they stopped selling it, which allows him to circumvent any Japanese veto. But in defense of the manufacturer of this kit, it must be said that the connection is made in a really simple way, connecting a data strip from the original Game Boy Advance board to the one with the HDMI connectors, etc.
Video format and Bluetooth
In addition to the connectors that we have told you about, on the back there is a switch that allows us to display the screen image in 4:3 or 16:9. We already warned you that if you are a purist on this subject, you will stay with the original aspect ratio, which is the first, which does not distort the games or stretch them to fill the entire surface of the television.
Also, this GBA HDMI Kit has another important detail: we can link a Bluetooth gamepad to play, such as the official PS4, Xbox One and Switch models, in the case of the Pro controller. So we save ourselves having to look for one compatible with the Super Nintendo connection standard.
If you are interested, you can get it through Kickstarter, with shipments to Spain in July, for a price of around 130 euros, logically not including the Game Boy Advance that you will need to disassemble to give life to the entire system. The package includes all necessary cables (power, HDMI, composite video, gamepad cable extender, etc.) as well as tools such as screwdriver, hardware, etc.