Woozle’s GBA Consolizer kit LCD version

(5 customer reviews)

From: $140.00

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Description

This is a PRE ORDER!!!
Quantity will not be limited, buy as many as you like!
We will stop sales for a week or so between batches in order to make sure everything is in order, then move on with another pre order.
Parts orders will be placed on a regular basis and orders filled and shipped as soon as all parts are in hand.
Read about pre orders here.

This is the LCD version and the plastics are only available in black at this time.
I will add the color options in to this page when I have them here and photographed etc.


Consolizer kit for Game Boy Advance 40-pin AGB-001*
Features:

  • Fine-tuned video output
    • 720p digital video output**
    • GBA video at 60 Hz Vsync, absolutely no stutter or screen tearing!
    • Direct digital 4:4:4 RGB video from GBA
    • 4x scale for GBA games, letterboxed in 1280×720 frame
    • 5x scale for GB/GBC games, fills screen vertically with pillar boxes on side
  • No input lag.
  • Direct digital audio sent over DVI+ at 48 KHz
  • On Screen Display (OSD) menu accessible by pushing select + down, featuring:
    • Adjustable strength scan lines and grid lines
    • 32+ Game Boy color palettes, adjustable in game (PICS HERE)
    • Gamma/color correction provided via Shader menu option (PICS HERE)
    • Store user video settings in flash memory
  • Controller support
    • Wired SNES controller
    • Compatible with 8Bitdo Retro Receiver for use with:
      • 8Bitdo wireless SNES controller
      • Wii U Pro controller
      • Switch Pro controller
  • 3D printed enclosure
  • Full console conversion, LCD is replaced with 3D printed enclosure
  • USB powers kit and GBA mobo, under 500 mA current draw. Can be powered from TV USB port.

Side by side comparison of GameBoy Player Composite and Consolizer DVI+ pics HERE!

*Note: The glacier color GBA has a better chance of being a 40-pin, but a custom adapter FFC is available to buy separately to adapt to 32 pin versions so all GBA consoles can be used with the 40 pin kit!
**Note: Some displays don’t like the DVI+ output, DVI Tx mode is available as a fall back option. The kit ships with DVI enabled by default for maximum compatibility.

Breakout PCB for soldering the GBA controls, audio, and power wires. Connects to main board using an FFC (Flat Flex Cable). See last 2 pics, one for LCD, other for full case installs.


GameTechUS GBAConsolizer playlist

Woozle’s videos

Bob of RetroRGB’s preview video

MetalJesusRocks review vid

MadLittelPixel review vid

Jeremy Parish stream/review vid


Installation is not included, but I maintain a list of people I trust to do good work here: MODDERS LIST!

You need to provide your own GameBoy Advance console or motherboard to use with this kit, we do not provide it.

Second pic through 4th pic gives you an idea of what’s included with your purchase, LCD and full case versions.


How to spot a 40 pin GBA:

GBAs with the 40-pin usually have a leading zero on the pcb code seen through the backside of the GBA.
Not sure if it’s a guarantee, but I’ve had good luck with this method.

As far as internally, just needs to have the 40 pin ribbon connector.

A custom adapter FFC is available to buy separately to adapt to 32 pin versions of the GBA.


34 pin SP version is coming, but will be a different physical kit, stay tuned!
A GameCube GameBoy player version will come eventually…


GBAConsolizer User Manual
GBAConsolizer Installation Guides
GBAConsolizer kits’ parts Terminology
GBAConsolizer FAQ
GBAConsolizer Troubleshooting guide
GBAConsolizer known problem devices


Warranty:

Unfortunately we are only hobbyist, not wal-mart, so we cannot warranty the kit unless it has been installed by one of the approved installers listed above.
We do test each kit fully though, so we can guarantee it worked fine when shipped.
We can’t control things like ESD and bad upgrade practices.
We can do repair work, just not for free.


Links to articles about the GBAConsolizer:

Gizmodo’s lacking article

NintendoLife.com article

https://www.dualshockers.com/gba-games-hd-gba-consolizer/

https://nintendosoup.com/gba-consolizer-in-the-works-allows-gba-games-to-be-played-in-glorious-hd/

https://gonintendo.com/stories/325926-gba-consolizer-lets-you-play-your-gba-games-in-hd-on-tv

https://www.icrewplay.com/vi-piacerebbe-giocare-con-il-game-boy-advance-in-hd/

https://kotaku.com/new-mod-lets-you-play-game-boy-advance-games-in-hd-on-a-1830834944

https://www.denofgeek.com/us/games/game-boy-advance/277989/gba-consolizer-play-game-boy-advance-games-hdtv

https://qooah.com/2018/12/07/gba-consolizer/

https://mspoweruser.com/game-boy-advance-hardware-mod-makes-your-games-look-great-on-a-hdtv/

https://blog.hackster.io/turn-your-game-boy-advance-into-the-console-youve-always-wanted-395b82ba07ba

https://standew.com/gba-consolizer-lets-you-play-game-boy-advance-games-on-hdtvs/

https://www.turn-on.de/play/news/hacker-baut-game-boy-advance-zur-hd-konsole-um-441636

https://www.uagna.it/videogiochi/emulare-il-game-boy-advance-in-hd-sulla-tv-con-gba-consolizer-118430

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Additional information

Weight .2 lbs
Dimensions 4 × 4 × 2 in

5 reviews for Woozle’s GBA Consolizer kit LCD version

  1. xelius (verified owner)

    I purchased one of the first wave kits and installed it myself. The installation is challenging, but totally doable if you have some skill at soldering and you’re patient. I unfortunately messed up on one of the GBA motherboards I had because I was not careful and ripped out one of the test point traces. This is fairly easy to do so be gentle as you apply the wires and test their hold on the board.

    I managed to get a replacement GBA motherboard for cheap and just worked slowly to get it installed. If you haven’t watched the installation guide on YouTube or Voultar’s installation guide (https://youtu.be/De9FZVoXgMQ) you definitely should, regardless of which kit you’re getting. Once you’ve soldered everything and made sure it’s working, you can reassemble it and it works amazingly well.

    The picture quality is fantastic, and the sound is exactly like what you’d expect. I do have an issue that I’ve yet to work out where one of my TVs emits a soft hum while using the Consolizer kit (a Samsung 42″ 4K TV) while my other TV has no such issue (Vizio 47″ 4K model). The hum is pretty soft so it doesn’t really interfere with gameplay – just wanted to mention it. I’ve tried numerous cables and power sources and had the same result so I’m pretty sure it’s down to the TV.

    I’ve also noticed that capturing video can be tricky because of the way the audio is passed along, so I’d check out the many reviews already on YouTube for tips and tricks there. All in all, the kit is fantastic and games play perfectly.

    I’m so glad that this finally exists so I can play a perfect representation of some of my old favorites and some new GBA games I’ve never played before too. If you want to play games on your GBA on a large screen, this is a must-get mod.

  2. gillaxian (verified owner)

    As a former Gamecube Gameboy Player w/ GB Interface software user, I am extremely happy with this GBA Consolizer. I love the fact I don’t have to deal with the clunky Gamecube set-up, with upscalers to run GBA games on my modern displays.

    The GBA Consolizer is fantastic. Installation was easy for someone like me who’s got an intermediate experience with a soldering iron. Novices might have a harder time with installation due to the GBA’s solder pads being very weak and prone to damage. Just go slow, and be delicate with the wires and don’t apply too much heat.

    The kit itself came with everything I needed. I actually didn’t use the supplied wiring, since the package I got had all black wires, I prefer multi-colored wiring for certain signals to delineate from.
    I ended up purchasing a separate GBA shell and buttons (all black for a sleek look), and it all installed nicely.

    Software wise, the GBA Consolizer has some great options to play with. Including multiple scanlines, changing button mappings, and a few others. The video output of 720p is totally adequate for modern displays, especially if you’re running on a 4K TV like I am. These GBA games look so amazing on my 65″ LG OLED!

    I also really agree with the choice of using an SNES connector. This pairs really well with some of the wireless bluetooth/2.4ghz SNES controller solutions out there.

    All in all this GBA Consolizer is fantastic, and well worth it for people who want to run their games on original hardware and not have to worry about upscalers and RGB signals.

  3. Dario (verified owner)

    This mod is masterfully made. Installation is super easy and instructions are clear. AV options and quality are second to none. The only thing that should be improved is the SNES controller connector that is included with the kit. It’s very hard to plug the controller all the way (using my main, original, SNES controller that works perfectly on original SNES hardware) and the grip on the pins is way too strong. This is not a clearance issue, I made sure to solder the connector straight, and in a way that nothing interferes with the connection. I’d also like to have a regular connector size instead of mini, but that may be personal preference and I honestly don’t know how feasible it would be to do. Overall I’m really happy with my purchase. Would totally recommend it to anyone that wants to play GBA on a modern display.

  4. Ethan Peters (verified owner)

    This mod is not super difficult as long as you take your time and follow the old rule of “Measure twice, cut once”. I rushed at first and ended up pulling a pad under the big capacitor trying to replace it. Tried to tap the copper to follow the trace but wasn’t able to make it work.

    Once I picked up a different mobi to work with and took my time, things went a lot smoother! Tip for the test points: if you aren’t using flux, you’re doing it wrong. This will make it much easier to add a little solder to the testpoint before adding a pre-tinned wire.

    After putting the build together, my only issue was with the right directional button on the case. I must not have had the wire placed correctly, causing it to be underneath the d-pad area making it hard to push and likely dangerous to the testpoint. If I don’t have enough slack, it won’t be hard to just run a different wire there and try again.

    I’ve tried this on 4 different TVs now and have yet to have an issue with sound over the DVI+ mode. 3 of the TVs have been Visio with 1 an LG, take that info as you will. The picture looks amazing, it runs my cheap Chinese EZ Flash IV cart fine along with any official game I’ve tried yet, including my much coveted copy of Shantae having the GBA additions to mess with (since it’s running on a real GBA) unlike the Virtual Console versions!

    If you are interested in this Mod and not afraid to break out a soldering iron, give it a shot! I really recommend watching the guide Voltaur put out. He did the full case install while I did the LCD, but most of the things are also applicable here. He has a ton of good techniques you can copy to make your life modding a bunch cleaner/easier.

    Woozle, you outdid yourself. I’m extremely excited to show this off, everyone who has seen it so far has been impressed. Thanks Game-Tech for providing the market for these interesting projects!

  5. brianphylis (verified owner)

    Just received my kit and I’m totally impressed with this setup. If you love soldering and have experience with smaller wires, this kits was a blast to do. Took me about an easy 1-2 hours of soldering, testing, and double checking. Make sure you watch the install videos all the way, they have everything you need. I’m absolutely blown away by the performance of this kit. The picture and sound I get on my Samsung (have to switch dvi setting when turned on)is nothing short of amazing. This is how you need to play Gameboy games!!! The wait was definitely worth it. It’s Quality!! You can tell there was a lot of time and energy spent on the project.

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