The Game Boy is one of the most iconic handheld game consoles of all time. Nearly 35 years later, hobbyists and gamers are still finding new mods and hacks for retro devices like the Super Gameboy and the add-ons that come with it.
The Super Game Boy is essentially a cartridge that bridges the gap between the Game Boy and the Super Nintendo (NES), the latter allowing the cartridge to be played from a handheld console. The Gameboy and Super Nintendo are two different devices that have very little in common. As a result, the Super Game Boy emulates Game Boy games on the Super Nintendo, utilizing the same hardware as the Game Boy.
The Gameboy has a custom Sharp LR35902 processor based on the Intel 8080 and Zilog Z80 chips. The 8-bit processor has a clock speed of 4.19 MHz. However, the Super Game Boy has a clock speed of 4.295 MHz, so the accessory runs Game Boy games at a pace he’s 2.4% faster. Audio is sped up, and the Super Game Boy didn’t have a Link port. This is because the difference in clock speeds can cause it to get out of sync with the regular Game Boy. This is why Nintendo launched the Super Game Boy 2 exclusively in Japan. This upgraded version incorporates a custom crystal oscillator that reflects Game Boy clock speeds and a link port for two-player gameplay.
As Nicole Express It was discovered that user nensondubois recently rom hack for world heroes 2 jet Overclock your Super Game Boy even more. This hack allows the “Turbo Mode” itself to allow the device to run at his 5.35 MHz. The website provided some audio samples demonstrating overclocking, as well as a small video of the overclocked device. The biggest drawback is graphics glitches caused by hardware limitations.
Obviously, Nintendo didn’t want users messing with the Super Game Boy’s turbo mode. According to Nicole Express, this code is not available from the Super Gameboy BIOS on the Gameboy side. Instead, it can only be accessed from the Super NES side.
It’s great that after all these years the Gameboy scene is still alive and new mods are still coming out. Gameboys have always been a part of many childhoods, so handhelds will always have a special place in our hearts.