The folding GBA SP was an enormous improve over the unique Recreation Boy Advance, if solely as a result of it launched a side-lit display you would really see. It wasn’t good—Nintendo nonetheless included some bizarre design quirks—so the group on the YouTube channel Macho Nacho Productions gave the GBA SP a much-needed upgrade, which incorporates some modern technological conveniences.
With only a 600 mAh pack inside, the battery life on the unique GBA SP wasn’t wonderful. The modders at Macho Nacho Productions created a spacious 3D-printed substitute backshell to suit much more upgraded junk within the trunk, bumping that capability to 1,600 mAh to supply hours of additional gameplay. The brand new shell provides about 10mm of additional thickness to the underside half of the GBA SP, however what the console loses in portability, it positive factors in added performance.
As a substitute of counting on the GPA SP’s proprietary energy adapter, the upgraded battery could be recharged utilizing both a newly added USB-C port or a wi-fi charger. The modders managed to squeeze a Qi-compatible coil contained in the add-on, too. Over time, varied third-party firms have created USB charging cables that work with Nintendo’s varied handhelds, however the change to USB-C means you’ll be able to simply use the ever-growing pile of cables you’ve in all probability already received sitting in a drawer.
If there was one factor price complaining in regards to the GPA SP, moreover the lackluster side-lit LCD colour display that Nintendo finally changed in later fashions with a backlit panel, it’s the dearth of a built-in headphone jack. Players had to make use of a headphone adapter that plugged into the GBA SP’s energy port, which meant that you simply couldn’t cost the hand held and use headphones on the identical time. It was a weird design determination on Nintendo’s half, which this expanded mod solves with each the addition of a headphone jack (finally) and a Bluetooth module that allows the handheld to work with wi-fi headphones.
Macho Nacho Productions has shared a reasonably detailed breakdown of how the GBA SP THICC mod got here collectively, together with an in depth record of elements and instruments utilized in its creation. The one factor that seems to be lacking is the 3D mannequin for the expanded substitute backshell that might allow anybody to 3D-print their very own. The video additionally doesn’t go into particulars about easy methods to set up the three.5-millimeter headphone jack, because of the mistaken half being ordered, so there’ll probably be a follow-up that (hopefully) contains every little thing wanted for anybody to carry out this improve themselves.