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Restoring the original gameboy - Retroration project

In this week’s project I will restore the original Nintendo Gameboy. As a 90’s kid I thought it would be cool to restore a Gameboy. Or should I say retrore. I bought this one from Japan. It’s obviously dirty but it’s also very yellow no rust this time. With this rust would be very bad. However the screen is broken and it is missing a lot of vertical lines. Otherwise it seems to be fine. I had some issues with turning it on when I tested it but after I got it on, I’ve had no trouble. The batteries I used were probably dead. It’s also missing the screen cover/lens. I bought a new one
I started the restoration by opening the Gameboy. I needed Y1 screwdriver ( for example (my kit was bought locally and could't find that online). This was terrifying because I have almost no experience in this type of work, but one of the main reasons for this channel is for me to learn new stuff so that was intentional. I learned online this neat trick to fix the vertical missing lines. I’ve heard it doesn’t work or you can’t do it if you have horizontal empty lines. I used soldering iron to rub the area under the screen where the connections are. I used temperature of 300 Celsius. This is not a tutorial but a piece of entertainment and something to give you inspiration what to find out before starting project like this. In case you still want to use this as tutorial and risk ruining your Gameboy, keep the soldering iron constantly moving and don’t heat up one area for too long. There are grat tutorials about this on youtube. I probably didn’t have to take the ribbon cable off. I was just following a tutorial and realized it afterwards because I didn’t watch the whole tutorial before starting…
Next I disassembled the rest of the device and sunk the plastic shell (everything removed) into 12% hydrogen peroxide. And heated the solution in zip lock bag to 45-50. Water bath helped me to keep the temperature stable. Every once in a while I opened the bag to let the built up oxygen out to keep it from building pressure. Higher temperature or higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide will make the reaction faster but higher temperature will ruin your parts. I found that If you go much over 50 degrees celcius, your plastic will loose it’s original color. This method only removes the yellowing and the part won go all white. More temperature can also melt the plastic. There is also something called retrobright. It’s a paste or gel or whatever which combined to UV-light will have this same effect. Retrobright however has been reported to sometimes give uneven/patchy results and I didn’t want that since my parts were already very patchy. This worked beautifully, it got back the light gray color it used to have.
While putting it all back together I tested the screen once more to make sure it worked. The last line I had a lot of trouble with, had come back. This time it only took me like 5 minutes to get rid of it. Now the screen has been working nicely. After I had put it back together I still had to attach a new screen protector/lens to the shell. Together the whole project probably took 15-20 hours of active work, I had never done this type of ork and filming sometimes makes the process a lot slower. The editing is probably another 15 hours of more.
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  1. Solutions & Débrouille

    Solutions & Débrouille

    Hora atrás

    Merci et bravo

  2. kk Jackson

    kk Jackson

    Hora atrás


  3. Melanie Daria

    Melanie Daria

    3 horas atrás

    Your videos are so satisfying.... I could watch this channel all day!!!!!

  4. Schlipperschlopper


    5 horas atrás

    Please restore an original antique Star Trek Tricorder ;-)))

  5. Jaida Draws

    Jaida Draws

    6 horas atrás

    *Ah, Brings back memories I never had :)*

  6. Mat Gellar

    Mat Gellar

    12 horas atrás

    Great work! Very entertaining to watch you restore a gameboy

  7. alf


    17 horas atrás

    Had to subscribe lol

  8. Tottosmile


    21 hora atrás

    uh yes hello I would like this to be done to my old gameboy thanks

  9. Victory Saber

    Victory Saber

    Dia atrás

    Ah youth lmao I played my pokemon yellow on that few years back omg so slow

  10. Sg6squ


    Dia atrás

    Satisfying 101

  11. Ahmad Faisal

    Ahmad Faisal

    Dia atrás

    Generasi kids jaman old 90an jimbot jadi inget dulu :'(🇲🇨

  12. Alexavier Stratton

    Alexavier Stratton

    Dia atrás

    2 things about retrobright: 1. I thought it was spelled '"retrobrite" and 2. You are very right. Watch some of the 8 Bit Guy's vids and you'll know.

  13. AD1705


    Dia atrás

    PLEASE use a Mousepad on your table!

  14. ¡ ᴉᴉɯ s,ʇI

    ¡ ᴉᴉɯ s,ʇI

    Dia atrás

    Saw checkerboard Vans slip-on : instant like !

  15. Иван


    Dia atrás

    its like backyard scientism

  16. Mon6344


    Dia atrás

    Ha! @ 6:49 was slick!👌 Well done sir, you have a new subbie! (*Honestly though, already subscribed 2-3 min. into the video;)

  17. Joseph Gotico

    Joseph Gotico

    Dia atrás

    14:20 it's that feeling that you fucked up big time 😂

  18. momo大好き


    Dia atrás

    クソ懐かしいww しかしコイツ雑すぎるww

  19. R N

    R N

    Dia atrás

    Good job👍

  20. Ryan Weeks

    Ryan Weeks

    Dia atrás

    This guys a bitch

  21. Titus Sassole

    Titus Sassole

    2 dias atrás

    I'm surprised that the blue lettering didn't get removed from the hydrogen peroxide.

  22. papito atilano

    papito atilano

    2 dias atrás

    Yo tenía una de esas cuando era más chico, pero cuando viajaba de México a Estados Unidos, me aburri y saque mi Gameboy y cuando finalmente aterrizamos, no me abia dado cuenta de que mi Gameboy se me avía olvidado en el avión con todo y mi juego de Pokémon Rojo fuego 😅😂😫😱

  23. kevin richardson

    kevin richardson

    2 dias atrás


  24. alissa ky

    alissa ky

    2 dias atrás


  25. SugarK


    2 dias atrás

    Well done 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

  26. Der Local Guide

    Der Local Guide

    2 dias atrás


  27. mtkl23


    2 dias atrás

    nice ! I gote also one without the screen cover. I just came here for the link where to buy one...

  28. dmr


    2 dias atrás

    Restore the fokin table

  29. 세봉쨩


    2 dias atrás

    새것이 되어 버렸네 대단하십니다

  30. Xiuxiu Xiuxiu

    Xiuxiu Xiuxiu

    2 dias atrás

    I miss it so much :')

  31. The Phantom Safety Pin

    The Phantom Safety Pin

    3 dias atrás

    Something about the way you very gently remove the membranes and cables here is very satisfying.

  32. Therealmlw


    3 dias atrás

    This makes me emotional hahaha!

  33. estevan gutierrez

    estevan gutierrez

    3 dias atrás

    1:07 randomly grabs a peanut

  34. Alex Wierzbowsky

    Alex Wierzbowsky

    3 dias atrás

    Nice restoration. But IMO you should keep your soldering station and your desk in a good shape. My eyes bled when I saw the surface of your desk.

  35. itsloki here

    itsloki here

    3 dias atrás

    I'm a simple man.. I see Vans, i press like..

  36. regigiygas


    3 dias atrás

    you’re so much more gentle than you need to be but tbh it’s kind of endearing absolutely gorgeous restoration

  37. Kage Krôss

    Kage Krôss

    3 dias atrás

    Nice retroration! I loved it. This is worth a sub.

  38. AntiGravityPig


    3 dias atrás

    The sound effects are so satisfying

  39. Obscure Je t'aime

    Obscure Je t'aime

    3 dias atrás

    So many memories! I had the same exact game boy, and the yellow Pokémon game. I miss it now, sadly I don’t know what happened to it, once I got into high school I stopped playing my gameboy. Now I am 31

  40. XGaaraX21


    3 dias atrás

    still have my gameboy and still work very fine, in very good condition, and I have yellow pokemon too lol

  41. Литвинов Михаил

    Литвинов Михаил

    3 dias atrás

    Хорошая работа !!!

  42. Zoubeir Faouzi

    Zoubeir Faouzi

    4 dias atrás

    You know how frustrated I get when I see you clean a gameboy. But not remove that spot on your white wall. 😂

  43. Moises Herrera

    Moises Herrera

    4 dias atrás

    You are a god

  44. Dirtybereth


    4 dias atrás

    12:01 la mica de la cruzeta esta rota, empezara a dejar de hacer contacto y dejara de funcionar, la debiste remplazar con cualquier mica de otro control ( o comprar un juego de micas para dualshock 4) solo con recortarla de la misma forma que la original queda perfecta.

  45. sym tay

    sym tay

    4 dias atrás


  46. Max Payne

    Max Payne

    4 dias atrás

    Wow really really really cool video that wes cool

  47. Anders Yttervik

    Anders Yttervik

    4 dias atrás

    that thing is the reason i am a man today

  48. Vine Vids R Us

    Vine Vids R Us

    4 dias atrás

    0:20 fuck outa here!

  49. Latnlvr


    4 dias atrás

    I actually did a very similar thing to my NES. Completely disassembled cleaned and restored the shell. The only repair I had to do was the brass prongs where the games contact the console inside. They were pretty loose and dirty and I just bent them back and cleaned everything with isopropyl. Work like new!! And still looks like new on the outside

  50. BNHA fan

    BNHA fan

    4 dias atrás

    my mom left me at toys r' us

  51. tony flamingo

    tony flamingo

    4 dias atrás

    If it wasn't for that piece of paper I probably would have but na I'm good

  52. LizzieScar Light22

    LizzieScar Light22

    4 dias atrás

    “Why can’t it be called gameboygirl”

  53. joan piquero

    joan piquero

    5 dias atrás

    You are an artist

  54. Chris Almighty

    Chris Almighty

    5 dias atrás

    You make it look so easy lol

  55. I.D


    5 dias atrás


  56. marco jaric

    marco jaric

    5 dias atrás

    nice. brandnew now

  57. Gskiman 699

    Gskiman 699

    5 dias atrás

    You should do a restoration of the table you worked on 😂

  58. Glasses&Mouthplates


    5 dias atrás

    Imagine opening the Gameboy up and repairing it for the second time if he didn't notice the mis-arranged batteries beforehand.

  59. Chocolate C

    Chocolate C

    5 dias atrás


  60. Sultan Qahtani

    Sultan Qahtani

    5 dias atrás


  61. Sonny Skye

    Sonny Skye

    5 dias atrás

    You Sir, are an absolute genius.

  62. Cedric Jaume

    Cedric Jaume

    5 dias atrás

    Good work!!!

  63. April Pendley

    April Pendley

    5 dias atrás

    The hours I spent playing Mario, Castlevania, and Tetris on that thing.❤️



    5 dias atrás

    Pokémon Suck.

  65. Iris J.

    Iris J.

    5 dias atrás

    I had the yellow one great video by the way

  66. Skiie Editz

    Skiie Editz

    6 dias atrás

    I bet you parents back when gameboys came out were like: You're obsessed with that

  67. pepep 322

    pepep 322

    6 dias atrás

    is this asmr?

  68. Rafael Ulloa

    Rafael Ulloa

    6 dias atrás

    but can it run crysis?

  69. SnowmansApartment


    6 dias atrás

    i wish i still had my old one :D

  70. Сергей Конаков

    Сергей Конаков

    6 dias atrás

    Couldn't resist that "Subscribe" note

  71. SAMIR


    6 dias atrás

    Video: 6:53 Me: *I think I will*

  72. Tater Tots

    Tater Tots

    6 dias atrás

    My brother owns one of those practically in perfect condition. I’m pretty sure it was either my mom or my dad’s but everything’s in tact and we even have a case for the darn thing. Even little plastic cases for the games. And it was not bought off the internet surprisingly.

  73. Gray Fear

    Gray Fear

    6 dias atrás

    That was funny how you ever so carefully moved that one packing peanut in the beginning

  74. Dhaval Tandel

    Dhaval Tandel

    6 dias atrás

    Superb 👌 video, subscribed

  75. CSS25


    6 dias atrás

    My older brothers used to have this . Does this have a high selling value ? 😂

  76. Fayez Ouarghi

    Fayez Ouarghi

    6 dias atrás

    I find it useful to know that Ethanol can be used to clear plastic surfaces.

  77. Maul Darth

    Maul Darth

    6 dias atrás

    6:50 lol jajaja subscribe

  78. vanquish V12

    vanquish V12

    6 dias atrás

    I sell game boy

  79. join the fist 10

    join the fist 10

    6 dias atrás

    I had a game boy, one of the newer ones that flipped in half It was basically a smaller DS And of course my parents got me a DS then and threw the game boy away. They do that with everything they think is useless, like with my moms type writer and record player. And my dads old 1970-something mustang

    • OhSoVeryKawaii


      4 dias atrás

      Those we called game boy advances

  80. Axel Voss

    Axel Voss

    6 dias atrás

    Amazing how computers evolved Great video btw

  81. JamesJ Fisk

    JamesJ Fisk

    6 dias atrás

    Hmmmm I've bought hydrogen peroxide 40V a bunch of times. I guess we're lucky and don't need a permit around here.

  82. DarkzKnight


    6 dias atrás

    Why use ethanol? I mostly use alcohol to clean most stuff

  83. João Gabriel

    João Gabriel

    6 dias atrás


  84. VJ


    6 dias atrás

    20 years ago: > Pricey, couldn't afford it 2019: > Even pricier

    • regigiygas


      3 dias atrás

      TheTNT Box the used ones are pretty cheap, even the ones for parts can be bought and combined into a working model for fairly cheap. most of the time, they just need cleaning and/or a battery cover the mint ones, however, will cost you an arm and leg

    • TheTNT Box

      TheTNT Box

      3 dias atrás

      regigiygas wow, that is special! Normally it is expensive!

    • regigiygas


      3 dias atrás

      i legit got one in wonderful condition for $15 on ebay

    • TheTNT Box

      TheTNT Box

      6 dias atrás

      So true!

  85. Dave Magee

    Dave Magee

    6 dias atrás

    You're a modern day wizard. Bless you sir.

  86. Diogo Oliveira

    Diogo Oliveira

    6 dias atrás

    I got one of these old GB but the select button isn't working. What can I do? The rubbers are in great condition. How can I troubleshoot the issue? Any help will be appreciated.

  87. SPYder


    6 dias atrás

    Interesting seeing the screen being repaired like that, but I would have replaced it entirely, it's kinda like polishing a turd. Those screens were barely fit for purpose, even back in the day.

  88. jesseenterwebs


    6 dias atrás

    I'm surprised at how clean the battery compartment was. Usually they are full of corrosion.

  89. Zachary Montgomery

    Zachary Montgomery

    6 dias atrás

    And they gave you marshmallows! How nice of them!

  90. KawaiiCloud


    6 dias atrás

    Strangely triggered my asmr senses

  91. Aron De La Cruz

    Aron De La Cruz

    6 dias atrás


  92. Zeddie Phoah

    Zeddie Phoah

    6 dias atrás

    How did the screen cover disappear 14:23 ?

  93. Wendel Mauro

    Wendel Mauro

    6 dias atrás

    Cara, é o segundo video que vejo, SHOW!!!

  94. horrorfan288


    6 dias atrás

    My brother still has his game boy color. Although it doesn’t work, he keeps it for nostalgic purposes.

  95. Sandro Silva

    Sandro Silva

    6 dias atrás

    Eu tinha um desse. Muito top na época a ums 15 anos atrás

  96. Andre Spandehra

    Andre Spandehra

    7 dias atrás

    A man who saved a Game Boy, is a good man. Thx for the Video 👍👍

  97. Maukka999


    7 dias atrás

    ootsä kyl taikuri

  98. smash man

    smash man

    7 dias atrás

    The silence is extremely awkward.

  99. codysett1


    7 dias atrás

    Should put asmr in the title and slow down a bit. Bet you'd get 5mil views

  100. Alex July

    Alex July

    7 dias atrás


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