Video game consoles attract a vibrant modding scene, including those who mod consoles so that they could be more vibrant (sorry). Colin Wirth of "This Does Not Compute" recently uploaded a new YouTube video where he mods an original Game Boy Color to include a backlit screen. And he mostly succeeds.
Wirth opens his video by saying that there are already many Game Boy mods that add backlit screens to older models like the original Game Boy or the Game Boy Advance (which I really could have used when I was younger). The Game Boy Color however remained unlit, until today. Wirth's mod dissects a Game Boy Color and tries his best to make room for a bigger, backlit LCD screen from the Game Boy Advance SP. Wirth's mod uses the backlight setup first provided by Ben Grimmett, another Nintendo hardware modder.
Unfortunately, the screen proved to be a bit too big to fit comfortably into the Game Boy Color, and despite shaving several plastic parts from the interior, the shell doesn't close all the way, leaving a little gap around the top of the console. Wirth couldn't screw the shell close because he had to shave away the screw sockets to make way for the screen. Wirth says that with enough gutting, the shell could maybe fit the screen and close, though then you'd have to glue the shell shut which would prevent easy disassembly.
You can buy a pre-modded shell for $20 from Grimmett if you plan on modding your own "lit" Game Boy Color. Grimmett also sold a couple fully modded Game Boy Color for $200 (all out now), which is $60 more than how much Wirth spent to buy the parts and do it himself.