As Adobe shuts down Flash for good, someone ports a Flash game over to the classic Nintendo Game Boy handheld console.
As the next-generation of console gaming launched at the tail-end of 2020, so has a huge part of PC gaming culture slowly died off over the past few years. Flash gaming has been saying goodbye lately, as Adobe is no longer supporting Flash Player as of December 31, 2020. But some fans are attempting to keep some aspects of Flash alive through creative means, even via the Nintendo Game Boy.
Reddit user u/antonylavelle took to r/Games to share the fact that he has been working on porting Adobe Flash games to a more viable platform; Game Boy. This, in some ways, is a joke in and of itself, as Nintendo's handheld first was released in 1989, but fans continue to create content for it. In fact, a new physical Game Boy horror-title named Deadeus is available for pre-order right now.
Anthony Lavelle's Game Boy Flash title is Indestructotank!, an arcade-style title that sees players controlling a tank that can jump into the air and hop off of aircraft for high scores. It can be played on a web browser, much like a Flash game, but runs on a Game Boy ROM. The idea of porting a Flash game onto a Game Boy ROM is a creative way to keep a title alive. It is sad that so many Flash games are now simply unplayable.
There are so many great Nintendo Game Boy games, if suddenly ported Flash titles were added to that list, the entries would be seemingly endless. It is hard to fathom Flash games being unplayable out of nowhere, but this is the same type of thing that fans fear with the all-digital future, which is why so many hold on to discs and cartridges to this day still.
The record for the world's smallest Nintendo 64 has just been broken. The Nintendo 64 is often modded, whether it be games or the console itself. And a niche community has been working on creating portable Nintendo 64 mods over the years, competing to make them smaller and smaller with each iteration. One modder may have just perfected the mod with his creation, making a Nintendo 64 mod that is smaller than the original controller.
The physical modding community in gaming is very talented, from creating portable versions of home consoles to turning Nintendo GameCubes into powerful PCs. One specific group has worked on making a portable Nintendo 64 as small as possible. The most recent was made in 2015. But GmanModz seems to have beaten that record with a console that is 23.3% smaller.
In a recent video, GmanModz explains all of the details of how he built the world's smallest Nintendo 64 portable. He gives tons of incredible information, including how he uses computer technology to plan his approach, how he uses a 3D printer for some parts, but how he basically does most of the work the "old-fashioned" way by taking apart a Nintendo 64 and rebuilding it into a portable console. He also explains a lot of interesting details and specs, including the fact that he made strategic decisions like choosing the tiny Joycon controllers to save the smallest amount of space, or that the R and Z buttons are both shoulder buttons on the top.