Turn old portable gaming gear into retro wall art

A shot of Grid Studio's dissected Game Boy Color in an outdoor setting.

We suspend all our art close to the ground outside
Photo: Mike Fahey / Kotaku

Stop encase your old gaming hardware in resin to craft furniture, there’s a better way to honor the portable systems that came before it. Grid art studio takes old Game Boy, PSP, Nintendo DS and Game Gear consoles apart and turns them into awesome tech dioramas you can hang on your wall.

Having a shelf full of old portable video game systems is nice and all, but there’s so much more to a Game Boy Color than you can see. The boards, buttons, bric-a-brac that make up the interior are just as impressive and important as the plastic shell. Studio GridThe pieces celebrate the inner and outer beauty of beloved electronics in a way I couldn’t resist.

Grid takes actual gaming hardware, from the Game Boy to the Nintendo DS, disassembles it and mounts the individual parts on a printed board with labels explaining the function of the components. The Game Boy Color model, currently waiting to be snagged in my new home, highlights the speakers, inputs, buttons, and even the rubber bits underneath that make the buttons so soft and squishy.

A photo of a disassembled Game Boy Color framed with art by Grid Studio.

Just needs some wires and some AA batteries and it will be like new
Photo: Studio Grid

See? It’s a learning experience in every frame. Perhaps you’re more of a fan of Sony’s first portable offering, the PlayStation Portable or PSP. Grid has them unstuffed and mounted for your viewing pleasure. Behold the glory of the UMD card’s interior, presented here with more reverence and respect than Sony has ever bestowed.

A photo of a disassembled PSP console artfully framed by Grid Studio.

Now if they could dissect Sony’s PSP marketing strategy
Photo: Studio Grid

Grid makes the original Game Boy, Game Boy Pocket, and Game Boy Color, as well as the original Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. The Game Gear is currently sold out, but there are plenty of framed and broken Dualshock 4 controllers on offer. The company also makes things like iPhones, Blackberries, and other iconic tech. It even replaces real batteries with fake ones, so your art installation won’t explode and leak. So thoughtful.

Framed hardware screens cost around $200 on average, but there is a caveat. Since retro gaming hardware is a limited resource, the studio is increasing the price of its work by $10 per 100 units sold. Due to international shipping restrictions, you cannot simply send your own hardware to Grid to be assembled. If you want to preserve your personal systems, you will need to have to do it yourself.

A photo of a disassembled Sega Game Gear framed by Grid Studio.

I’ve never even owned an assembled Game Gear
Photo: Studio Grid

And while I’m no expert, I doubt these systems can be reconstructed into working material any more than you can resuscitate a stuffed pet. The idea of ​​taking apart what could be a salvageable game story and turning it into a Game Boy autopsy diorama might rub some the wrong way. Me, I don’t know the art, but I know what I like, and what I like are delicious console guts. Mmmmm.

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