Some individuals are blessed with all of the expertise, and a type of individuals is Andy Sexton, who’s not solely content material with being the Artistic Director at Hello-Rez Studios (Smite, Paladins) — he is additionally a very good Recreation Boy modder in his free time.
We will not be too mad, although, as a result of he additionally takes fantastic pictures of these mods and shares them on the web. Additionally, he was good to us on Twitter… so we’ll provide you with a move, 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 instructed 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 seemed into the way to finest play GBA carts in 2021. I began seeing these superb 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 primary of many delays, as it might prove — that turned his consideration in direction of making his personal. Shopping for an previous Recreation Boy could be very nicely 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 nowadays, 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 lately. Because it seems, making one thing for different individuals is a complete completely different ball recreation, as a result of you possibly can’t actually simply wing it any extra.
“I am a bit Chaotic Good in terms of my builds,” he admitted. “I normally get a giant thought of what I wish to go for, after which go piece by piece attempting to supply elements to attempt to pull it off. It may be hectic, nevertheless it’s truly launched me to loads of creators within the mid scene – usually, for those who’re passionate and have an thought, you will discover somebody that may assist create one thing customized. I am additionally lucky to have buddies close by which can be into modding (and know the way to solder), so it is good to have some people to offer development criticism or ideas.”
However the Blastoise GBC modified the Chaotic half (though not the Good half). “I needed to assist him image how it might come collectively – so I made a sheet to offer an thought of what all would go into it. Even with this, I needed to make some modifications, primarily to the again shell, that I feel labored out for the higher!”
Here 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 instructed us, and hydro dipping was a good way to attain a tortoiseshell-like impact.
Recreation Boy mods is just not simply a enjoyable pastime, both. Typically, 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 recreation in any respect — it is based mostly on Gashapon, the little capsule toys you will get in Japanese arcades. It is very cute.
It has been very nice choosing up saves from 20 years in the past (!!) and replaying stuff from rising up
“I’ve all the time liked Sega and their arcades in Japan,” Andy instructed us, “and mixing that concept with Gashapon toys into an precise Recreation Boy labored out tremendous nicely. GBA is my favourite technology of handhelds too, so it has been very nice choosing up saves from 20 years in the past (!!) and replaying stuff from rising up.” He is even planning to make the Gashapon SP into a complete sequence, every in several colors and themes — “the yellow SP may have a Pikachu toy, blue for Sega, pink for Kirby, and so on.”
However the enjoyable does not cease there — Andy’s already planning what comes subsequent.
“My subsequent Recreation Boy goes to be an EarthBound-themed construct! The thought is to have the entrance of the GBC to be steel, with the again being a red-black swirl design to appear like Giygas. It is my favourite recreation, and certainly one of my favourite remaining bosses. I am excited to pay tribute to it (if I can pull the thought off!)”
Be certain that to comply with Andy on Instagram to see all of his newest work, and a few of the mods he is purchased from different individuals, like this Change 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!