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Game Boy-ify Your Pictures with This Cool App

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We all remember the Nintendo Game Boy. For many of us, this little 8-bit powerhouse was our first encounter with mobile gaming. From its original release in 1989, Nintendo’s little game console provided millions of people the world over the chance to enjoy addictive hits like Super Mario and Tetris. Now you can relive the graphics of that time!

Sure, in retrospect some of these games were just slightly-strange, monochromatic versions of their NES counterparts (Super Mario Land anyone?), but for many of us old folks who grew up then, the almost pocket-sized Game Boy was an essential companion on long car journeys and trips to visit boring relatives.

Well, good news for all of the hopeless nostalgists out there: an awesome new Japanese website offers you the chance to transform any image into a slightly green-tinged, pixelated, 8-bit works of art.

The website, which is called GB Pic, includes a very simple interface, which allows you to easily upload image files. To do so, just click the button at the top with the message “ファイルを選択” and select the image you want. It'll be uploaded and immediately transformed into crudely-rendered 8-bit versions of the original. Imagine the possibilities!

The website also features a number of additional functions that allow you to adjust the contrast/brightness, as well as the filter color, so you can go for that “almost out of batteries, oh crap, do we have any double-A batteries, oh wait, I’ll just use the batteries from the TV remote” look. Try adjusting the sliders under the image to change the brightness, color filters, dot matrix and more.

What are you waiting for? Get over there and try it out for yourself!

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