This Genius Device Lets You Play Multiplayer Tetris on Your Game Boy

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The most beloved portable video game of the 90s is coming back and it is more interactive than ever. The Game Boy Tetris can now be enjoyed by multiple players simultaneously, regardless of where they are in the world.
The Game Boy was one of the most popular inventions of the 80s and the main occupation of the 90s kids worldwide. But how cool would it have been to be able to play the game with multiple friends from other locations? Well, it took over 30 years, but that dream has finally come true.

Reverse engineering and hardware hacking genius StackSmashing recently posted a mind-blowing YouTube video that gamers are going to love. The video shows how you can use your Game Boy for multiplayer games with anyone in the world using the Internet.

For that to be accomplished, the hacker had to create a “USB to Game Boy Link Cable Adapter”, as explained in his video. He developed a custom printed circuit board (PCB) with a Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller on board. Tetris fans will be pleased to know that StackSmashing plans to manufacture and sell the custom boards as a kit for only $15.

If you want to play online, you need two programs. One of them needs to run on the computer your Game Boy is connected to and the other one is a web-based server. Both of them are available for download on GitHub and you can find the links in the description of the video.

Once you plug in the device and connect to your computer, a pop up will send you to a website where you hit the “Connect” button and the website will automatically connect to your Game Boy. You select a username and you can either join a game or create a new one. All opponents will get the same tiles and you can win in two ways: if you can clear 30 lines first or if your opponent fills up his screen.

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Cristina’s always found writing more comfortable to do than speaking, which is why she chose print over broadcast media in college. When she’s not typing, she also loves riding non-motorized two-wheelers, going on hikes with her dog, and rocking her electric guitars.
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