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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. oliwer pietryszek

    oliwer pietryszek

    17 horas atrás

    The fact that this video was longer than 7 min is fucking asinine. Fuck you.

  2. Svea Kasprik

    Svea Kasprik

    18 horas atrás

    Yall this is fucking asmr!!!

  3. dani ARYT

    dani ARYT

    18 horas atrás

    love it.. good job

  4. dan fullmetal

    dan fullmetal

    19 horas atrás

    OR you can just run Pokemon Go on smartphone.

  5. Maximus Prime

    Maximus Prime

    23 horas atrás


    • Odd Tinkering

      Odd Tinkering

      21 hora atrás

      There will be more this type of videos. That I can tell you. This was so much fun to do. Let's see if I find a suitable one for video. Also it has to be european standard for me to be able to test it

  6. Diloman64


    Dia atrás

    HAhahahaha... SUBSCRIBE!!!

  7. Graham Jnr

    Graham Jnr

    Dia atrás

    I remember they all use to come out in different colors.

  8. Aaron Forbes

    Aaron Forbes

    Dia atrás

    No one cares about the aesthetics you're trying to go for mate just show the interesting stuff



    Dia atrás


  10. steven carter

    steven carter

    Dia atrás

    I still have my old game boy. Not an original. But one with a colored case. But still mono tone screen.

  11. Emre Bağdu

    Emre Bağdu

    Dia atrás

    Just great..

  12. mndi89


    Dia atrás

    What's with the creepy slow hands...?

  13. Jim D

    Jim D

    Dia atrás

    Subbed, I had one of those, forget exactly where I left it 25 years ago.

  14. Austro FX

    Austro FX

    Dia atrás

    pure asmr

  15. Mayke Campos

    Mayke Campos

    Dia atrás

    Congrats man! Awsome work!

  16. inofensive display name

    inofensive display name

    Dia atrás

    I like your screwdriver

  17. fonzi Ygor

    fonzi Ygor

    Dia atrás

    my game boy I punched him and now it has a broken screen , even if it works, nothing can be seen. There is nothing left to do

  18. Afonso Brandão

    Afonso Brandão

    Dia atrás

    Great job indeed

  19. mathew orgil

    mathew orgil

    Dia atrás

    The bitch still lookz good

  20. Emil


    Dia atrás

    its simply amazing

  21. Zarathustra


    Dia atrás

    The title should be: _Restoring a forgotten World_



    Dia atrás

    I subbed you because you made me smile with your " Subscribe" 😂

  23. Carlo


    Dia atrás

    Can you restore my life??

  24. Alfonso Gaming

    Alfonso Gaming

    Dia atrás

    What a legend

  25. K Maan

    K Maan

    Dia atrás

    I'll give you $5000 for that Gameboy! Syke! 🤣

  26. dbsmedina


    Dia atrás

    Para cuando el red dead redemption 2 en la gameboy perro?

  27. Dewabarasunderan


    Dia atrás

    So much mic noise...

  28. jjasonk2345


    Dia atrás

    I HAVE GAMEBOY, too!!



    Dia atrás


  30. candyK K

    candyK K

    Dia atrás

    Your desk needs some serious restoration

  31. Nintendo 4life

    Nintendo 4life

    Dia atrás

    I have some of a little problem with my Gameboy, now I know it's possible to fix and clean

  32. Epep Ancio

    Epep Ancio

    Dia atrás

    Nice restoration. Next: Restoring your table.

    • Boom Headshot!!

      Boom Headshot!!

      Dia atrás

      Hahaha looool!!!!😂😂😂

  33. Razzell Valentine

    Razzell Valentine

    Dia atrás

    Try updating the software but keeping the outer gameboy casement

  34. JackFwag


    Dia atrás

    Where Did You Get It I Really Miss it

  35. truebaby


    Dia atrás

    Hey I will buy that for 1000 euro's

  36. Pint Hunters

    Pint Hunters

    Dia atrás

    3:14 it is. i sat here screaming: don't pull on it, open the clamp!!!... open the clamp!!!... . seriously, there is a small device with which the cable is clamped. if it breaks off, the only thing that helps is to fix the cable again with the connector, with tesa....

  37. Jace Wakefield

    Jace Wakefield

    Dia atrás

    You have some major talent. Hopefully you make good money doing all these Restos. Love watching your videos

  38. Wilford L. Hermann III

    Wilford L. Hermann III

    Dia atrás

    Lol Wish I could get/have my gameboy fixed lol idk whats wrong other than its missing its screen plate...

  39. #


    Dia atrás

    This is old skool im crying

  40. Leader success !

    Leader success !

    Dia atrás

    Now you should put it on display in the museum of video games .

  41. Steven Cosgrave

    Steven Cosgrave

    2 dias atrás

    Watch at 2x

  42. Cold Cave

    Cold Cave

    2 dias atrás

    Pussy ass white boy hands

  43. Анатолий С

    Анатолий С

    2 dias atrás


  44. Капитон Давидыч

    Капитон Давидыч

    2 dias atrás

    Полная хуйня

  45. Trey Demby

    Trey Demby

    2 dias atrás

    Ik I'm not the only one that skipped to the end

  46. Jean


    2 dias atrás

    New, or repainted buttons would've been a nice touch but this is still awesome

  47. Abner Tinoco

    Abner Tinoco

    2 dias atrás

    Who else just skipped to the end

  48. ふー


    2 dias atrás


  49. vida segun richie

    vida segun richie

    2 dias atrás

    Wow. Amazing. You forgot to comment on the front glass replacement

  50. aya_scratch


    2 dias atrás

    I literally have a perfectly functioning one on my dresser just over there... are original gameboys worth something considerable?

  51. Ruben ___

    Ruben ___

    2 dias atrás

    I have a original gameboy that needs to get fixed 🥺 i would pay if you could possibly do it

  52. crítico realista

    crítico realista

    2 dias atrás

    Tive me pleaseeee

  53. JoeSloppyJoe


    2 dias atrás

    i got a clear one from goodwill with the case.. gave it to my brother because he like 80's-90's nostalgia... wish i could have fixed it before i gave it to him.. ohwell! awesome video ^_^

  54. Tactavious


    2 dias atrás

    Beautiful work.



    2 dias atrás


  56. Darksie _

    Darksie _

    2 dias atrás

    beautiful job mate

  57. Jona Zam

    Jona Zam

    2 dias atrás

    Solo iba a comprar la carcasa nueva

  58. A Wild BoxcartTM

    A Wild BoxcartTM

    2 dias atrás

    Great now let's restore my marriage. Stacey please bring back the kids

  59. Lisa Castle

    Lisa Castle

    2 dias atrás


  60. Memess_ Haven

    Memess_ Haven

    2 dias atrás


  61. Colin Teoh

    Colin Teoh

    2 dias atrás

    the relic of legends, has been reborn

  62. Harmeet Gill

    Harmeet Gill

    2 dias atrás


  63. tongo kilos

    tongo kilos

    2 dias atrás

    It reminds me of the relaxing end (youtuber)

  64. 0000 0000

    0000 0000

    2 dias atrás

    dang. some kids were rough on their game boys. I have two and they look pretty damn good. Only Microscratches.

  65. Lino Galamini

    Lino Galamini

    2 dias atrás

    I still use a game boy it is not that old and dirty

  66. Fourleafclover kingdragonkillr

    Fourleafclover kingdragonkillr

    2 dias atrás

    Haha ! I know the Japanese seller you bought this from

  67. Deses


    2 dias atrás

    Clean your dirty tiles before cleaning any Game Boy, you pig.

  68. Soak Channel™

    Soak Channel™

    2 dias atrás

    On serait tenté de se dire que cette Gameboy est fraîchement sortie d'usine. Bravo c'est magnifique !

  69. michael valdez

    michael valdez

    2 dias atrás

    Awesome! How much do you charge for a restoration? I have a Sega game gear I would like restoring for my son please let me know

  70. Jesse.M


    2 dias atrás

    6:48 okay that was clever *+ one subscriber*

  71. SnugglePuffin Music

    SnugglePuffin Music

    2 dias atrás


  72. SH4RP


    2 dias atrás

    never really liked Pokemon what i do like though is metroid and i played metroid 2 return of samus on the virtual console on the 3ds cant wait for prime 4

  73. faze frog

    faze frog

    2 dias atrás

    Can it play fortnite now?

  74. Juan


    2 dias atrás

    How exactly do you retrore it?

  75. ryan61384


    2 dias atrás

    A Mr. Clean magic eraser helps take away sun damage on plastic. It won't damage the plastic at all.

  76. MarcioHawkNews


    2 dias atrás

    Isso sim é uma restauração de valor!

  77. Eerie Pancake

    Eerie Pancake

    2 dias atrás

    This is great! Thank you. It also brings back memories. I was born in 1985, my favourite game for the Gameboy was Kirby pinball haha

    • Thilo ???

      Thilo ???

      Dia atrás

      Pokemon red Edition ftw

    • xabin rana

      xabin rana

      Dia atrás

      My favorite was super Mario and Ninja Turtles

    • 6foot6 E

      6foot6 E

      2 dias atrás

      My favorite was paper boy

  78. Milk


    2 dias atrás

    I wish I had the skills to make my old Gameboy look like that. Great vid! 👍🏼😀



    2 dias atrás


  80. jutubaeh


    2 dias atrás

    hate those things... lynx was better. but this hat 4tris ^^

  81. Chris J C

    Chris J C

    2 dias atrás

    Wtf did they do with this thing? I still have mine and never took good care of it and it looks almost new still...

  82. Res


    2 dias atrás

    I used to play super mario on that console.

  83. Graham Parr

    Graham Parr

    2 dias atrás

    Museum quality now.

  84. CensoredMercy


    2 dias atrás

    The way he threw the box mad me a bit annoyed lol

  85. Mike Hernandez

    Mike Hernandez

    2 dias atrás

    Watching these videos reminds me of ash buliding his chainsaw lol not sure why

  86. Chribbe


    2 dias atrás

    I want to buy a gb Classic too. I've a gb pocket and a gb color yet.

  87. Antonio Toni

    Antonio Toni

    2 dias atrás

    Bravo bravo👍👍👍👍👍

  88. Antonio Marino

    Antonio Marino

    2 dias atrás

    Bro you are a genius

  89. Saif Uddin

    Saif Uddin

    2 dias atrás

    Lol i like this guy !

  90. GibsonSGfan462 31

    GibsonSGfan462 31

    2 dias atrás

    Will pay for you to restore mine back to working condition.

  91. Foo Beats

    Foo Beats

    2 dias atrás


  92. Bhushan Garje

    Bhushan Garje

    2 dias atrás

    Or may be you could have restored your table first.

  93. Felipe Mateus

    Felipe Mateus

    2 dias atrás


  94. danielgazda


    2 dias atrás

    I think now it's time for you to step to another level -> Notre-Dame de Paris restoration.

  95. Kathaarian


    2 dias atrás

    Thx o_o I subscribe!

  96. loxxxton poxxxton

    loxxxton poxxxton

    2 dias atrás

    Nice job. I enjoyed that so much I've dug my old one out and introduced my kids to my era of gaming

  97. Dr_Wight


    2 dias atrás

    I like the sound of you make undoing the screws!

  98. mikaela madrigal

    mikaela madrigal

    2 dias atrás

    90’s game boy,,, I’m from 90’s 🤚

  99. teps


    2 dias atrás

    Unintentional ASMR

  100. iTz Been Revoked

    iTz Been Revoked

    2 dias atrás

    The battery in backwards scare earned you a sub loll i can relate when I was soldering xbox controllers.

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