How to Hide SD Cards Inside Video Games




About: Old Nintendo stuff is my thing. I collect it,and every piece in my collection works. Like,I'll be in a waiting room,WATCHA!!! I whip out my Gameboy Pocket and start playing Metroid.

Do you have information on SD  cards that you don't want anyone to see? Do you like hideing things where no-one will find them? Do I sound like a person from an infomercial? Anyway,this instructable will teach you how to hide SD cards inside video games. 
Specifically,how to hide SD cards inside Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advance games. This is my first instructable,so comments telling what I did wrong,if I did anything wrong,would be appreciated.

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Step 1: Stuff You'll Need.

You will need:

A Gameboy Color game
A Gameboy Advance game
A mini SD card
A Micro SD card
A small flathead screwdriver

Scotch Tape ( not pictured )

Step 2: Color or Advance?

Decide. Color houses mini SD, Advance houses Micro SD. For Gameboy Color instructions,go to the next step,for Gameboy Advance ,go to step 6.

Step 3: Gameboy Color-Mini SD

Flip the game so the label is faceing down. You will see a REALLY odd-looking screw on the back. You could find an odd-looking screwdriver that matches it (I couldn't) or you can open it with the flathead by putting the head into one of the grooves and pushing it counterclockwise to loosen it. Sorry my camera couldn't focus on the screw. 

Step 4: Inserting the SD Into the Color Game

Open it in the similar way to the Gameboy Advance game on step 6. Once it's open,put the SD EXACTLY where the picture illustrates. Failure to do so may result in permanent damage to your SD card. It may take some pressure, but close the game again and screw it back toghether. See picture.

Step 5: Color-Done!

Done! For alternate construction,go to final step.

Step 6: Gameboy Advance-Micro SD

This one is far easier than the Color one. Flip it so that the label is faceing down. Near the top,you will see a tri-head screw. This can very easily be opened with the flathead screwdriver by just twisting it. That might take a few tries. Once the screw is out,flip it over again so the label is faceing up and slide the front  of the game cartrige down. You should just be able to pick up the front now that it's been slidden down. Put the SD in where it's shown in the picture and close it again.

Step 7: Final Step

Alternate construction for both versions is the same. It's better if you don't care if the game still works or not because it gives you more room and you can use Scotch Tape to prevent the SD from rattleing around in the game houseing. For alternate construction,when you have the game open, just take out the game's circutboard ( the game itself ). This will leave an entirely empty game houseing to tape your SD card inside.


Well...Until I make another Instructable,I hope you enjoyed this one. I AM  NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO SD CARDS DUE TO IMPROPER USE OF THIS INSTRUCTABLE.

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    6 Discussions


    8 years ago on Step 3

    Alternatively you could heat up the end of a cheap ballpoint pen casing (with the ink cartridge and roller removed) then press it onto the screw so it sets around it for an ersatz screwdriver.

    5 replies

    Reply 8 years ago on Step 3

    Thanks! I'll have to try that,and once I verify if it works or not,which it should, do you mind if I use your idea,word for word in the instructable? I'll give credit to you for the idea.


    Reply 8 years ago on Step 3

    Thanks for allowing me to use the idea. But what do you use to heat the pen? I used a hot glue gun to melt the pen to a putty-like consistancy, but by the time I took it off the tip of the hot glue gun and put it on the screw, it had hardened again. So it hardens the second I take the pen off the hot glue gun. It didn't work heating it with a glue gun. Or maybe I just used the wrong kind of pen.


    Reply 8 years ago on Step 3

    These are the kind of pens I meant:

    And to melt them I just tend to use a lighter, or a soldering iron. Surprised a glue gun isn't doing the job, if it's melting as you say it should be fine, though I guess you do have to be a bit quick in applying it to the screw.

    I should also point out that it's not a long-term solution, in that the pen casings I've used for this tend to shatter in a fairly short amount of time - but it lasts long enough for me to remove the screws and replace them with ordinary phillips ones.


    Reply 8 years ago on Step 3

    I'm still having trouble with it even when useing the specific pens you said and an open flame in the form of a candle (Which melts the pen to a liquid consistancy) Do you have an instructable or youtube videos or something to use pictures to help explain the process?