Gamekid, a Game Boy emulator for the Playdate @dmierau

Gamekid is a Game Boy emulator Dustin Mierau has built for the Playdate.

A hobby project to learn about the handheld console of my childhood. Some rough edges. Planning to open source once the Playdate ships.

It’s been built this from scratch in C as most emulators optimize for accuracy vs performance. The Playdate’s display is high density black and white. The Game Boy’s however is 4 shades of (greenish) grey so Dustin emulates it using pattern fills. The display is high enough density that the patterns look grey.

Read more in the Twitter thread here.

And for building your own Playdate-like device see the Adafruit Learning System.


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