Funnyplaying FPGBC - FPGA Gameboy Color

pixeljunkie

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Just got this in today and it's pretty damn slick. It's nice to have a GBC that can play GB in a nice OG palette. Allows for integer scaling with pixel grid as well. Works fine with my Everdrive X3 as well. Anyone else pick one of these up? The price is pretty nuts, considering what you get. Cheaper than what I spent modding my other GBCs.

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kit is send from USA or China.
Can I use original GBP Grey shell ?
 

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It’s an FPGA recreation of the GBC hardware right now, so doesn’t play roms yet. Reading through the GitHub for the firmware downloads, it sounds like SD card support is planned in a future revision of this though. Also on the GitHub:

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pixeljunkie

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kit is send from USA or China.
Can I use original GBP Grey shell ?
From China, and I wouldn't recommend using your old shell. They sell ones that house the laminated IPS and have USB charge port.
 

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Said fuck it, and ordered one. Got the purple shell and buttons. Pretty cool if it'll play games from SD card later on.

Will other systems be supported eventually? Always wanted a portable TG16. Don't need other systems, it'd just be nice.
 

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Looks awesome in those clear colored shells, might have to consider going this route instead of modding my GBC screen.
 

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Said fuck it, and ordered one. Got the purple shell and buttons. Pretty cool if it'll play games from SD card later on.

Will other systems be supported eventually? Always wanted a portable TG16. Don't need other systems, it'd just be nice.
I was thinking about this today as well. If they did Game Gear I would be stoked. They're not the most... ambitious company though, so not holding my breath.
 

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I was thinking about this today as well. If they did Game Gear I would be stoked. They're not the most... ambitious company though, so not holding my breath.
How are their buttons and silicon pads? I tried the anal pocket and was not impressed.
 

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Feel like OG honestly. I was even having an easier time with Skate or Die than I do with my OG Gameboy.
Ok now we're talking. I really don't get the hype for the anal pocket. Yes, the screen is nice but what's the point if the controls are shit, it's like people don't even play their games.
 

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I was thinking about this today as well. If they did Game Gear I would be stoked. They're not the most... ambitious company though, so not holding my breath.
A slightly updated Game Gear shell design, that had four face buttons and two shoulder buttons, took original carts and had an open source FPGA guts would be tits.
 

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I don’t get why everyone wants to put four face buttons on everything, just let it shine for two button games. GG on this would be perfect.
 

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Meh, just thinking that if it had a decent fpga in it, it'd be nice for MAME, etc. I like the old two button setup as much as the next guy.
 

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They could easily release an SD card cart for this to load roms for any number of firmware/core upgrades. Which would be amazing.

But we are talking China here, so I doubt any of that will happen. But we can hope!

As it is, as a nice fpga GB/GBC for under $100 with a nice, large screen. I'm pleased.
 

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Is the shell identical to the original GBC? The front looks the same, but how about the rear? I like the way the original fits in my hands.
 

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Is the shell identical to the original GBC? The front looks the same, but how about the rear? I like the way the original fits in my hands.

Virtually identical - bubble butt and everything, save for the USB charge port on the bottom and the front is trimmed to easily house the laminated IPS screen. You could mod an og GBC shell to fit this, but the work involved is way more than its worth when you can grab a new shell for $10.

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Update. Played quite a few hours on this thing.

The sound output is far superior to a standard GBC. The speaker is great. I've noticed a couple games that don't like the DMG core but work on the GBC one. Weird.

Also, the battery lasts forever.

Sidenote: I buy these acrylic "tea organizers" off Amazon and they are perfect for holding GB carts.

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Does the headphone jack output stereo? Their GBA motherboard replacement didn't.
 

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Does the headphone jack output stereo? Their GBA motherboard replacement didn't.
Are there stereo GBC games? I've never really played the games with headphones on, so I guess I never really thought about it.
 

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Does the headphone jack output stereo? Their GBA motherboard replacement didn't.
excellent question - game in mind I could test? No lists of GB stereo games outside of pokemon I am aware of?
 

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Play Super Mario Land on something else then play it on the FP device. Should be super obvious, game uses a lot of stereo effects, and some things sound really weird if they didn't do the circuit right and it is only one channel.
 

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Stereo was a big selling point on the original Gameboy. A lot of the early games in particular had really heavy stereo effects.
Can confirm it IS in stereo on the FPGBC
 
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