Random: yes, it really is a working cardboard Game Boy Advance SP
If we are biased, then the Game Boy Advance SP is the best model in the Game Boy Advance series. It’s sleek, stylish, available in many different editions, and you can put stickers on the back cover! Oh, and the backlight was cool too, we guess.
But do you know what we were missing in the GBA SP series? One in cardboard. This is where YouTuber Peter Knetter comes in. Peter is known for his “YouTube In” series, where he creates content on older computer operating systems or consoles, but he’s also created life-size Pokémon, the Kirby car, and verified tons of game products. weird and wonderful video.
Fans have been creating custom Nintendo systems for years — some glow-in-the-dark, some even turn their flip phones into DS — but a cardboard GBA SP seems to be pretty cumbersome. And Peter uses tenacity and stubbornness to get the job done.
Creating the system looks like a pretty tedious process, as Peter first has to disassemble the SP to get all the innards that make the thing work. Then he uses the shell to trace the new cover for his recyclable system, including drilling holes for the speakers, pause button, backlight switch, and more.
For this to fully work, the SP obviously needs to bend, so Peter glues lots of small pieces of cardboard together to create some sort of sturdy tube and drives a dowel rod into it. Alright, it’s not cardboard, but we’ll let it go.
Once the system is assembled, Peter turns the system on – and it makes this happy little sound. He also plays a bit of Tony Hawk Underground on his little cut-out system, and it’s quite successful. The little frayed cardboard edges, janky buttons, and the fact that it’s a bit bigger than a real GBA SP only add to the charm. Color impressed us! Although we’re disappointed, Peter is giving up on decorating his new system – you could have put a Triforce on it!
This isn’t the first time Peter has created a custom game console, either. Earlier this year, Peter turned an old Boombox into a Wii with a screen attached! And last year he created a wooden Switch Lite – and it looks like something you’d find in a British country mansion – as well as transforming a Hello Kitty CD player into a GameCube. We’re glad he didn’t bend over making this new addition to his wonderful and unique collection of consoles!
You can watch the full video of how Peter makes this cardboard creation below! And be sure to check out his channel for all of his other creations.