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I've long thought this would be a fun costume to build and, even though I only had 24 hours to make it happen, I was confident I could get something working even if it wasn't playable. In the end, it went surprisingly smoothly and I was able to get the buttons working minutes before the party. I even had time to cut arm holes (buttons were the priority though)!

Step 1: Software Setup; Constructing the Body

I was confident I could build the body of the costume. It's a box with a picture on the front! So, my first step was to check that I could get a Gameboy emulator running on an old laptop and get the ROM loaded.

I installed Ubuntu on the laptop, downloaded the Gameboy Emulator, gngb, and booted up the ROM. It worked great first time (phew, was worried it'd take hours!). Gameboy emulation seems to be spot on.

Then I found a photo of the front of a Gameboy and used PosteRazor to print it on multiple sheets for gluing up. I usually like to paint and sculpt my costumes but I didn't have time for that this time; printing the front saved several hours of work.

Then it was just a matter of gluing it up and pasting it on the front of a suitable box. Couple of hours into the build and it's already a (basic) costume; now the pressure was off!

<p>is there any way you can make a step by step of this costume. Its too late to make this year, but maybe the next?</p>
<p>If you mean add more detail, not sure I can. I've since dismantled the costume and got rid of the laptop so I don't have anything to work with now.</p>
<p>It's already a step-by-step.</p>
<p>Imagine loading pokemon on that!.......your life would turn to hell with all the attention.</p>
THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I WAS THINKING!!!! I want to do this for Halloween this year...not sure if I have the know how to do it even with this instructable...
<p>Believe in yourself ! As Shia LaBeouf would say..&quot;JUST DO IT!&quot;.</p>
*Repeats in head &quot;Just Do It!&quot;*, hahaha I think I can do it now!!!
<p>DONT LET YOUR DREAMS BE DREAMS </p><p>YESTERDAY YOU SAID TOMMORROW </p><p>JUST DO IT</p>
<p>Best costume i've seen. Good job.</p>
<p>This is SUPREME!!</p>
<p>great job! much more high tech than my pacman game costume!</p>
NOOIIICCCEEEEEEE
Awesome, I thought it was a normal size game boy with a tiny person inserted.
<p>Wow! Amazing!</p>
<p>Aaaah that's so amazing! I bet you were VERY popular!</p>
Thanks, I did get a few comments walking down the street!
Great idea on such a short notice. I'll have to try this.
<p>Awesome project! That's a great way to use an old laptop! =D</p>

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