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We’re far enough removed from the Game Boy releases, every iteration of them, that most of the systems probably don’t work anymore. Which means most of us have perfectly good cartridge collections of various sizes collecting dust. The SmartBoy aims to solve that problem. It’s a developmental kit designed to allow an Android smartphone to plug into the case and run Game Boy games from the original system, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance, all from their original cartridges. And this isn’t a cheap emulator with screen obscuring touch controls.  The SmartBoy comes with true tactile buttons that hold fairly close to the handhelds in function and feel. Since it’s a development kit, you have a few options. For regular consumers, all you need to be concerned with is playing your games and having a good time. For the more technically apt among us, a developer’s kit means you can help refine the open source software and create an even better SmartBoy. Significant improvements to the SmartBoy’s firmware also net the developer some sweet, sweet royalty cash, so the tech savvy should jump on this and get to work.

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We’ve long been obsessed with Things Organized Neatly, the Tumblr, Instagram account, and book that displays collections of items arranged in pleasing ways. It’s the reason we’re hard at work on this puzzle. When finished, the puzzle depicts a collection of retro video games and gaming systems aligned ever so perfectly. Each is made in the USA by the New York Puzzle Company and features original photography from artist Jim Golden. At 1000 pieces, it will put you to work for some time, but when you complete it you can use some puzzle glue and frame it on your wall. Out of chaos comes order, right?