Resurrecting my childhood Gameboy (DMG-01)

A blast from the past – updated for the 21st Century

My Childhood DMG-01

During a recent visit to my parents’ house, I stumbled across my first ever games console, a DMG from 1991. It had been stuffed in a drawer in my childhood bedroom many years ago and forgotten about.

This was ten-year-old-me‘s most prized possession – won in a Quaver’s competition the week before Christmas, it had temporarily made him the coolest kid in class (for a couple of days). He would have been devastated to see it in its current state; screen missing, dead pixels, unresponsive buttons and a crackling speaker. The years had not been kind.


I took it upon myself bring this ancient beast back to its former glory and give it some much needed TLC. After ordering some spare parts online, I spent an evening stripping down the unit, cleaning and rebuilding it, before adding a very special backlight mod – this kind of backlit LED technology was not available in 1991. Ten-year-old-me would have approved. I also approve, because my eyes aren’t what they used to be (thanks in part to ten-year-old-me‘s obsession with playing this thing, as well as painting Warhammer miniatures).

The whole process took about 2 hours from start to finish, with plenty of breaks to watch YouTube tutorials and drink beer. Everything went swimmingly and the end result is something I’m really proud of. I just hope I made ten-year-old-me proud, too.

Refurbished DMG-01

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