Gamer Geek Mods Game Boy Advance SP Into A Nintendo Switch Dock

The Nintendo Switch is selling like hotcakes, but that does not mean that the console is without its fair share of imperfections. Some have complained that the Switch’s dock is a little too big and cheaply made. Nintendo fan Alexander Blake’s solution was to turn his old Game Boy Advance SP into a custom Switch dock.

Blake remarked, “In the process of tinkering with a second Nintendo Switch Dock, I realized the circuit board was pretty much the exact same size as a Gameboy Advance SP. And then I remembered one of my old SPs doesn’t work anymore. So I got to work.” He replaced the inner workings of the Game Boy with the guts from the Switch dock. Blake then used an X-Acto knife to carve a hole below and inside the screen so that the port that connects the Switch would be accessible and protected.

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This was Blake’s first time physically altering a console. In the past, he primarily customized his consoles and controllers with paint. Blake noted that his Game Boy Advance SP dock was “crude in some places but it works.”

The Game Boy Advance SP was released in North America on March 23rd, 2003 and was discontinued in May 2010. Nintendo sold 81.51 million units worldwide and the device’s most popular games were Pokèmon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. The Game Boy Advance SP contained a 32-bit 16.78 MHz ARM7TDMI 8 or 4 MHz Z80 coprocessor and a TFT LCD, 240×160 pixels display.

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Nintendo has sold nearly 3 million Switch consoles so far and hopes to double its hardware shipments to 18 million by March 2018. Nintendo stock shares are at their highest level since 2008 and are likely to increase. Nintendo Switch Online will be available in 2018 for $19.99 USD a year. Gamers will have access to all of the Switch offerings as well as older games such as Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight, and Dr. Mario.

You can check out Blake's DIY Game Boy Advance SP dock video here