Relive the glory days of the Game Boy Camera with this online filter

We're off to live in a world of glorious, pixelated green.

The Game Boy Camera isn’t dead! Or not quite, at least. Yes, we know we could go dig out an old Game Boy and the camera attachment would probably still work, but what’s the point if we can’t share the images with our friends or through social media? Thankfully, a more modern solution is now at hand for our retro cravings

Created in the days before cameras were embedded in literally everything we own, the Game Boy Camera was a brilliant little tool which, attached to a Game Boy or Game Boy Color, could snap pixelated photos to be displayed on your device’s screen. It didn’t really serve much of a purpose back in the day besides shoving your face into a few Game & Watch style minigames but, oh boy was it cool. 

Cameras have come a long way since then, but if you’ve been itching to see your own mug (or surroundings) rendered in a delightfully retro image, you now can! Twitter user and game developer maple has created a website that’ll take your webcam or phone camera input and shove it through a blocky filter to display an image eerily accurate to the Game Boy camera of old. Give it a try by clicking here!

You can pause the image at any time, adjust the brightness or contrast, and swap between several different color palette options. Be warned, it’s best not to open this on a work day or you could lose hours to just playing around with photos of stuff in your house or office. Pretty much everything looks great through the camera, and the replies to maple’s announcement tweet are filled with great images of objects and people playing around with settings. Naturally, we couldn't resist getting Mario and Bowser in on the action for a selfie.

Game boy camera webcam filter mario bowser

Again, you can play around with maple’s Game Boy Camera tool by visiting the webpage or checking it out on Twitter. The program is still in development, with maple potentially adding different resolution downloads and other features further down the line.

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Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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