Crypto user modifies old school Game Boy for Bitcoin mining

An IT safety researcher has been capable of adapt Nintendo’s first main handheld sport console to mine cryptocurrency.

In response to a current YouTube video, consumer Stacksmashing used the {hardware} from a Nintendo Recreation Boy first launched in 1989 as a place to begin to mine Bitcoin (BTC). As a result of the gaming console has no built-in wi-fi capabilities — and largely predates the web — the YouTuber stated he used a Raspberry Pi microcontroller board hooked up to the Recreation Boy’s hyperlink port and a USB flash card to ascertain a connection to a BTC node run from his laptop.

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“My objective was to make use of an authentic, unmodified Recreation Boy,” stated Stacksmashing. “I wish to plug in a cartridge, and begin mining.”

Stacksmashing wrote his personal mining code for the Recreation Boy’s read-only reminiscence, built-in mining software program — modified for the gaming console — and ran a BTC node on his laptop. The consequence was nonces getting incremented on the console’s inexperienced display screen, displaying the rig was trying to mine crypto.

“The hash charge is fairly spectacular, roughly 0.8 hashes per second,” stated Stacksmashing, explaining: 

“For those who examine that to a contemporary ASIC miner, which is available in at round 100 Terahashes per second, you’ll be able to see that we’re nearly as quick, solely off by an element of roughly 125 trillion. At this charge, it ought to solely take us a few quadrillion years to mine a Bitcoin.”

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Many crypto fans have been seeking to gaming consoles as a option to mine BTC or different cryptocurrencies for a while, however generally the programs are neither designed nor marketed in direction of miners. Earlier this month, a Chinese language software program developer seemed to have pranked the crypto space by claiming to have mined Ether (ETH) utilizing a PlayStation 5. Final 12 months, builders from 1st Playable denied rumors certainly one of its video games might be used to hijack Nintendo’s Switch console to mine BTC.

Stacksmashing’s makes an attempt to make use of an 8-bit gaming console to mine crypto might have been only for the expertise, however he has stated on Twitter he’s not completed but. Already the IT safety researcher claims to have used Nintendo’s Tremendous Recreation Boy — an adapter launched in 1994 that enables authentic Recreation Boy video games to be performed on the Tremendous Nintendo Leisure System — to mine BTC in a lot the identical means.

“Clearly, mining Bitcoin on a Recreation Boy is every part however worthwhile, however I discovered a whole lot of issues whereas constructing this, and positively had a ton of enjoyable.”