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The perfect Lego Nintendo Game Boy doesn’t exist…

Nick Lever, Video Editor, Lego Masters Australia finalist Recreated the original Nintendo Game Boy in bricks — and of such saliva depth that I hereby petition Lego to make it into an official set.

It’s only 364 parts, only 115 different parts, most of which are common enough that you can find them for cheap. Nearly all recognizable aspects of the Game Boy are represented, from the angled rice-grain Start/Select buttons to the screen’s distinctive tint—achieved here by placing lime-green tiles below a transient blue window.

While there’s no removable battery tray or front-facing speaker, you can actually press down on the D-pad and click “cartridge.” You might want to take a closer look at these A and B buttons as well…

The one exception to the “let’s keep building cheap” rule is that 6×6 lime green tile. “It used to be $0.40, but now it’s selling all over the world thanks to my stupid builder,” Lever says. the edge. But he says you could simply use three 2×6 lime green tiles instead.

“The angle on the Start/Select killed me, and the way they come out isn’t half a nail,” Lever says. His instructions are detailed!
Photo: Nick Lever

With this one disc to me BrickLink shopping cartLooks like I can spend at least $42 before tax and shipping to buy all the parts I need. He sells the instructions for $5.65 In Rebrickable (which can also automatically fill your BrickLink shopping cart), in case you want to do the same.

This isn’t Lever’s first stab at the Game Boy; Next time, he says he might try building ones that survived bombing in the Gulf War.

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This is a picture I took of the Game Boy when I visited the Nintendo Store in New York.
Photo by Sean Hollister/The Verge