Finally, a Game Boy for giants

Posted September 21st, 2017

It won’t be mass produced by Nintendo, but there’s a new Game Boy out there in the world. And it’s perfect for large adult sons (or giants, or people with long arms).

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The Largest Game Boy is the brainchild of 21-year-old Ilhan Ünal, a student and software developer from Brussels, Belgium. It looks exactly like the original Game Boy from 1989, with two twists — it’s 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide, and it’s fully functional.

Ilhan Unal - Largest Game BoyGuinness World Records 2016Photo Credit: Ranald Mackechnie/Guinness World Records

That’s right, it can play any original game cartridge that went with the original Game Boy. Good luck getting Frogger across the street when you have to move your arms instead of just your thumbs to press the buttons.  

The Game Boy’s size has already earned it a Guinness World Record for (what else?) the Largest Game Boy.

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The game system was created, Ünal said in a news release from Guinness, just for nostalgia purposes.

“The Game Boy was a huge part of many peoples childhood, including my own,” Ünal said. “I was obsessed with my Game Boy as a kid, so I wanted to create something that would put a smile on little Ilhan’s face, and hopefully on the face of anyone who is a big kid at heart.” 

The behemoth took just a week to design on a computer and a month to build in a lab, according to the news release. 

Ilhan Unal - Largest Game BoyGuinness World Records 2016Photo Credit: Ranald Mackechnie/Guinness World Records

The Largest Game Boy will be included in the new Guinness World Records 2018 Gamer’s Edition, out now.

Right now it looks like the machine is being housed in Belgium, with no current plans to come to America. As for the rest of us, looks like we’re just going to have to weather long lines in a week to try to get our hands on the Super NES Classic (and wait until next summer for another crack at copping the NES Classic).

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