Modding the 18-year-old Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP with upgrades like a better screen and bigger battery is relatively painless. But modding the GBA SP so that it functions as a dedicated 16-bit Switch with Joy-Con and TV-out support? That’s a monumental challenge that Macho Nacho Productions somehow made look easy.
Among dedicated GBA SP fans who’ve stuck with the console for almost two decades now, Macho Nacho Productions is probably best known for its promised upgrade kit that adds modern amenities to the console like a larger battery, wireless charging, a headphone jack, and Bluetooth support for wireless audio streaming. The idea is to take a classic console and bring it up to speed with more modern handhelds, but what if someone did the reverse and took a modern handheld and swapped out 3D high-def gaming for retro 16-bit graphics? Is the world ready for the GBA Switch?
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