Introduction

Is the outside shell of your Game Boy cracked, damaged, or you're just getting sick of your old housing? This guide outlines how to get down to the front housing so you can swap it out!

  1. Locate the battery compartment on the back of the Game Boy Color.
    • Locate the battery compartment on the back of the Game Boy Color.

    • Push down on the tab and hinge the cover downwards and outwards to remove the battery cover.

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  2. Remove the batteries from the battery compartment.
    • Remove the batteries from the battery compartment.

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    • Using a Y1 screwdriver, remove the six screws on the back of the device as pictured. The bottom two screws are located inside of the battery compartment.

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    • Gently lift and separate the back housing from the rest of the device. Now you've got the back housing out!

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    • Push up on the tabs on either side of the ribbon with a spudger.

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    • Gently remove the ribbon cable from the port

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    • Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the 3 screws shown in the picture.

    It’s not mentioned here, but be sure to unplug the LCD flex cable at the top of the motherboard before removing the motherboard. To do so, gently press the clips on either side of the receptacle toward the top of the Game Boy. When they are both pressed up, the orange cable will slide freely out

    Ben Perkins - Reply

    Thanks Ben. That's a very good point. Just ripping it out will cost you a couple bucks, not to mention your Gameboy will not work until you replace that ribbon cable.

    Chris Pavlik - Reply

    • Gently lift the motherboard from the front housing.

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    • Remove the rubber backing on each button grouping.

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    • Remove the original buttons from the housing.

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    • Gently pry and lift the LCD Display from the front panel.

      • Twisting the front casing may help gain more leverage.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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