Monday, March 29th 2021

Nintendo Game Boy Modded to Mine Bitcoin

Nintendo's Game Boy handheld console was launched in 1989, making it 32 years old. Being widely regarded as the icon of handheld gaming, it was sold in millions and has been copied countless times. However, with some spare time and a crazy mind, the console has been modified to mine Bitcoin cryptocurrency. Yes, you are reading that right. An 8-bit console is mining the biggest and the most valuable cryptocurrency. An electronics enthusiast named "stacksmashing" has set himself a difficult task - to prove that the console can mine some Bitcoin, at any possible rate. And he has managed to prove it is possible, although with some modifications.

Given that the console lacks any connectivity options to the outside world due to its age, the modder had to use SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface) to connect the Game Boy with the Raspberry Pi, which had the task of connecting the Game Boy to the internet to mine some Bitcoin. Using the custom 8-bit Sharp LR35902 processor running at 4.19 MHz, the console is naturally not very powerful. Thus, it can not do any meaningful mining and to compare it to modern mining ASICs is just silly. However, it is interesting to see proof of concept and get to see some engineering fun. For more information, please check out the YouTube video here.
Source: via TweakTown
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47 Comments on Nintendo Game Boy Modded to Mine Bitcoin

#1
lZKoce
Are you kiddin me? PCs, mobile phones (andoid devices? tablets?), websites, gameboy...what's next? Symbian OS phones? MP3 players?
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#2
ZoneDymo
lZKoceAre you kiddin me? PCs, mobile phones (andoid devices? tablets?), websites, gameboy...what's next? Symbian OS phones? MP3 players?
tamagotchi and furby and of course the trapper keeper and fidget spinners, alllll farming that sweet sweet crypto
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#3
TumbleGeorge
lZKoceAre you kiddin me? PCs, mobile phones (andoid devices? tablets?), websites, gameboy...what's next? Symbian OS phones? MP3 players?
Your nuts :D
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#4
Post Nut Clairvoyance
This is very stupid and also very awesome.
makes me visualize a world where every kid had a Gameboy with cellular net circuit, and everyone multiplayer's classic Gameboy games.
ofc in our world this would require going back and reprogram all the GB games and add the hardware. so not worth doing. and im not looking for Nintendo switch running emulator either. There's just a charm to retro colored plastique chassis, simple controls and games that express creativity all the while "make do" with the hardware it runs on.
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#5
Fabio Bologna
Next up is an actual powerdrill modded to mine crypto XD
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#6
DeathtoGnomes
No, next up will prolly be a fitbit watch... :banghead:
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#7
Caring1
The CPU in your car's computer or a pacemaker. :laugh:
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#8
Kohl Baas
Fabio BolognaNext up is an actual powerdrill modded to mine crypto XD
Here are the brand new CryproCrusher! The jackhammer that can mine without any help or supervision!
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#9
watzupken
Interesting proof of concept which I believe the person that did it also put in quite a lot of effort, but its meaningless. You want to proof something works for a meaningful purpose, and while it proofs you can mine with a Game Boy, you will need like a lot of units to match the mining performance on a low end GPU.
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#10
R0H1T
TumbleGeorgeYour nuts :D
You don't really mean that, or do you :nutkick:
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#11
Caring1
TumbleGeorgeYour nuts :D

You're nuts
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#13
_JP_
Time to mod my S-V.P.A.M. to mine bitcoin now, too! :rolleyes:
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#14
voltage
and what, it takes 100 years to get 1 percent of one.
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#15
_JP_
voltageand what, it takes 100 years to get 1 percent of one.
If it's connected to the 5V charger though solar power, with ~2Ah battteries. Otherwise it might fail mid-way.
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#16
Mad_foxx1983
when the retro community thought they were safe.
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#17
loracle706
Hashrate please ?, i think with this you'll get one bitcoin in a million years
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#18
birdie
loracle706Hashrate please ?, i think with this you'll get one bitcoin in a million years
voltageand what, it takes 100 years to get 1 percent of one.
You'll never mine a single block with this device. Either you join a pool or you're bust.

This is more like a PoC that this device can calculate SHA256 hashes, that's it.
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#19
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
That's hardcore and the more pointless the better. I like it. :cool:
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#20
Chris34
lZKoceAre you kiddin me? PCs, mobile phones (andoid devices? tablets?), websites, gameboy...what's next? Symbian OS phones? MP3 players?
Dildos.
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#21
ExcuseMeWtf
lZKoceAre you kiddin me? PCs, mobile phones (andoid devices? tablets?), websites, gameboy...what's next? Symbian OS phones? MP3 players?
From the article:
Thus, it can not do any meaningful mining and to compare it to modern mining ASICs is just silly.
So meh, it's like playing Doom on a fridge...
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#22
Caring1
Chris34Dildos.
So inert pieces of silicon can be used to mine?
I thought it would at least have to be motorised. ;)
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#23
deu
Caring1The CPU in your car's computer or a pacemaker. :laugh:
I mean: no reason for your pacemaker to idle when you're not using it... ... Just install nicehash and lease the power to a chinese farm!; nothing *can/should go wrong!
loracle706Hashrate please ?, i think with this you'll get one bitcoin in a million years
Yeah right? Im sitting here with my newly restored gameboy thinking: if I could just make up some of the rent on this bad boy... We need to know the AA-battery/hashrate to know if we can earn money! /s
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#24
chstamos
voltageand what, it takes 100 years to get 1 percent of one.
Try heat death of the universe .

I watched the video, and it's performing 1/125.000.000.000.000 of an asic miner. So this might actually be correct.

To put it differently, if every single person on earth, man woman and child, had 21.000 gameboys mining, each, the sum total would perform equally to one asic miner. Eh, if it scaled linearly, that is (no idea). Perhaps it would be even worse.

The earth will probably be engulfed by the expanding sun and burned to a crisp with everything on it, before a gameboy has mined a day's worth of an RX580 radeon gpu.

PS : Though to be honest, the gameboy may still keep ticking after the earth is engulfed by the expanding sun. Have you seen how indestructible these things are? It's crazy.
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#25
Calmmo
Waiting for that Tesla put to use for mining article now
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