Introduction: Make a Gameboy Micro to Gamecube Cable

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Frustrated with the lack of Gamecube connectivity for the GameBoy Micro? This thread will show you how to restore that functionality. No modifications on the GameBoy Micro itself are necessary, only of the cable to link the Micro and the Gamecube. For this you will need:

1) An Official Nintendo Game Boy Micro Game Link Cable.
2) Any Gameboy Advance to Gamecube Link Cable. The directions below show how to use the following link cables:
- Official Nintendo Gamecube to Game Boy Advance Connector Cable
- Nyko CubeLink cable
- MadCatz SystemLink cable (For both GCN & GBA connectivity via the GBM)
3) Soldering skills

for the nyko cable go to step 3

Step 1: Official Nintendo Gamecube to Game Boy Advance Connector Cable Directions

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First step is to cut the GameBoy Micro Link Cable next to the connector box, strip the shielding, and strip/tin the wires. Only the RED, BLUE, and ORANGE wires are necessary, along with the ground shield. You should be left with something like this:

Please note that I've only stripped the wires a tiny bit. You'll see why in the next step.

Step 2: Next

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Now, solder the wires onto the GC->GBA cables as shown, taking great care not to short any pins together. When I do these cables, I connect the ground shield to the left "post" on the circuitboard, then bridge it to pin 6 with some solder as you can see in the photo.

After you've finished this, you can try to stuff it back into the GC connector housing. If you do, be sure to cover your work with electrical tape and provide some strain relief on the cable. I end up using a small project box to enclose the electronics.

Step 3: Nyko CubeLink Directions

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This method is very similar to using the Official Nintendo GBA->GC cable except it uses more wires to provide the additional GBA connectivity.

I don't have any fancy pictures for this method but it should be self-explanatory. The completed cable is shown above.

First, cut the GBA end from the Nyko cable and cut one of the two Micro cables at the central "hub". Strip the wires so you can wrap them and make a nice solid connection. The wires link like this:

Nyko Cable -> Micro Cable
Black -> Wire shielding
Orange -> Green
Brown -> Brown
Green -> Orange
Blue -> Red
White -> Blue

Wrap everything up with electrical tape making sure that none of the wires touch another, or use heat-shrink tubing. I wrapped each individual wire with electrical tape and then carefully placed all of them in the shielding that I grabbed from the Nyko cable. I used small zip ties on the cables to decrease the stress on the solder joints in case the cable is pulled. Everything is contained in the shield on the right.

Comments

DrewSG (author)2015-12-31

I want to make one of these with a generic Micro link Cable I have, it has 4 wires in it colored Black, Red, White, and Green, and I have a standard GBA - GCN cable. What would be the soldering pattern for them? If anyone has any idea.

PaulE30 (author)2015-09-28

I made one of these, in 2015 no less! http://imgur.com/a/q2zZe

Bytito (author)2014-06-14

Really thanks dude22072, i built my own cable with your tutorial:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-3iwHTWhGFlQ/U50-dhLCc6I/AAAAAAAAAeo/cPXbYEPeks4/w640-h480-no/IMG_20140615_011313.jpg

SwaggerFul Swellow (author)2014-03-26

Cool because I just picked up a gameboy micro for $15.99 at a used retailer and I have a game cube!

Lowney (author)2010-11-06

This instructable is Awesome purely because it features a GameBoy Micro =P I have the silver one lol

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