The team that created the heavily modified Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP last month said they’ve added even more new features to the handheld game console. Macho Nacho Productions has claimed that these new changes will be the “last mod your Game Boy Advance will ever need.” Called The Thicc Boi SP, it will be released as a commercial kit in the coming months. In a new video on YouTube, one of the team members, Tito, explains the installation process in detail and gives an idea of what Game Boy Advance SP users expect once the new kit goes on sale. .
The new mod features a larger 4,500mAh lithium-polymer battery (over 7 times the size originally included by Nintendo), Bluetooth audio, and wireless charging. The larger battery allows the Game Boy Advance SP to run for up to 20 hours on a single charge, even with an LCD screen. However, some users may be put off by the even thicker backpack.
Watch the step-by-step modding video here
Considering the good response from the creators for their previous mod presented in August, they are confident that they have a product that can be released to the community. While the installation process is likely to be quite tricky, the kit looks appealing and anyone with a bit of soldering experience should be able to do it. Using a custom flat flexible cable and custom printed circuit board to put together all the required hardware also makes the installation process easier. Unfortunately, this is not a plug-and-play upgrade for the classic Nintendo console.
The current prototypes appear to have been 3D printed in resin. Tito said that the logistical challenges and high upfront costs to mold the rear panel in ABS plastic, to make it look more professional, are holding back the release of the kit. A crowdfunding campaign should be launched soon to overcome this. According to Tito, the Thicc Boi SP project has been going on for a year.