Mining Bitcoin with a Game Boy
The Chip shortage and the rise of cryptocurrencies is causing a somewhat complicated situation for some sectors and users who, for example, see how trying to buy a good graphics card to play is very difficult. So much so that GPU models with a couple of years behind them are being sold again at prices a bit absurd.
Of course, as that Chinese proverb says about the crisis and opportunities, it has also made some users pull their imagination in order to achieve things that might not have been considered in other circumstances. Or yes, because we already know that there are naturally curious users.
One of them is responsible for the canal de YouTube Stacksmashing. In a display of knowledge and a lot of imagination he thought that minar bitcoins con una Game Boy it could be something interesting. So he got to work and for them he helped himself with a Raspberry Pi Pico connected through the Game Boy Link cable.
Okay, the Raspberry Pi Pico thing might sound like a cheat, but it’s not. The reason for using this board is none other than to be able to give access to the Gameboy and the software in charge of mining coins on the internet. Because this Game Boy, a portable console that was launched more than 30 years ago, as you can imagine never had a network connection.
So the function of the Raspberry Pi is none other than to give access to a node through which the Nintendo laptop starts mining and mining and mining. And yes, it works as you can see in the video. So if you have some Game Boys at home and you like to get into the world of cryptocurrency mining, you know with what other device you could do it.
The satisfaction of the challenge
We are convinced that it will not cross your head to look for Game Boy in the second-hand market and get a few Raspberry Pi Pico to start mining. This that this user has achieved is nothing more than a challenge carried out for the simple fact of obtaining the satisfaction of having achieved it.
If professional miners are buying high-end graphics and, failing that, gaming laptops for all this work, do not think that with a Game Boy you will be able to get some bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. At least not quickly.
But that does not detract from the merit and it scares him that he will have stayed when after all the work he connects the Game Boy to the Raspberry Pi Pico, runs the software, connects to the internet and sees how it works and the mining progresses. Which by the way, you can reply if you’re curious. Because in the video description box you will find links to the Github pages with all the necessary code. What’s more, even a version to be able to do it with a NES.