I Restored This Destroyed Gameboy Advance SP - Retro Nintendo Console Restoration

In this video I will restore a Gameboy Advance SP. by Nintendo. The console is broken in half and it won't charge. Also the screen cable has been damaged and the screen need to be replaced. Gameboy Advance SP was finally the Gameboy everybody had been waiting for, it had illuminated color screen and battery. The screen was a huge upgrade from to the Gameboy advance which always needed good lighting to play it. Get your own GBA here (not the one on the video): amzn.to/3bF0Ezb
To open the console I needed my screwdriver set. I will link it bellow. Like the other Gameboy consoles this need a tri wing (aka Y-tip) screw driver to open. the shell. On the inside a small phillips screw driver is needed. The console doesn't have many parts so it's easy to dissasemble, however if the screen is undamaged you need to be very careful with the orange ribbon cable.
When I connected the charging cable it wouldn't charge. Usually this is because the charging port is dirty and/or corroded and cleaning it usually removes the problem. Another issue can be a completely dead battery. If you remove a battery from working device you will notice the console does the same thing, the light turns on for a second and turns off. If the light doesn't even flash, you know the issue is not in the battery. In rare cases the issue could also be a damaged mother board which could be much harder to repair.
The screen was also broken. In theory the cable could be replaced, at leas with micro soldering, but new reproduction and original screens are easily available so usually it's not worth spending hours on trying to solder it.
The shell was destroyed so I bought a replacement shell. The replacement shell have everything including the lens, buttons and new screws, except the hinges. But they come with caps that cover the actual hinges. New hinges are available but it doesn't always feel like the original hinges so I will use the old ones if they still work.
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  1. Motion Waltz

    Motion Waltz

    Πριν 3 ώρες

    truly do hope the previous owner is doing well.... only the baddest bitches were unafraid of putting stickers on their electronics

  2. Babycookie


    Πριν 3 ώρες

    Everyone: cool fixing it Me: pretty pretty pretty please can I have it

  3. Derek Moore

    Derek Moore

    Πριν 7 ώρες

    Sinnoh gym leaders on a gameboy sp 🤔

  4. Lakay Lab

    Lakay Lab

    Πριν 7 ώρες

    Good job man! Your socks is the best!

  5. Sour Flower

    Sour Flower

    Πριν 10 ώρες

    There should be a playlist just for the game boy restoration Series

  6. MahiE


    Πριν 13 ώρες

    14:58 😂ewwww!!!!

  7. Saske367


    Πριν 14 ώρες

    I don't understand why some people deal with their things like that. Should be ashamed of themselves, honestly 😑👍

  8. Brian Marshall

    Brian Marshall

    Πριν 18 ώρες

    I actually clicked on this cause the gameboy sp was my favorite way back when

  9. Slax 24

    Slax 24

    Πριν 20 ώρες

    Minor damage he says

  10. Daniella Gardose

    Daniella Gardose

    Πριν 23 ώρες

    how to tell if the previous owner was a big pokemon fan

  11. Bzy


    Πριν ημέρα

    I thought the screws in a gameboy were JIS type not Phillips?

  12. Asome Prod

    Asome Prod

    Πριν ημέρα

    I don’t like those aftermarket shells, used one in a repair, and the spacing was off on the shell, it felt like one side was going to another side. I had to cut a lot of plastic residue. And the speaker holes are noticeably wider than the official.

  13. Boid


    Πριν ημέρα

    The console is pure nostalgia

  14. Iain Dalby

    Iain Dalby

    Πριν ημέρα

    You hope it was Nutella...

  15. Sctherel Dreyon

    Sctherel Dreyon

    Πριν ημέρα

    I have the Gameboy Advanced SP, however, I was surprised by the fact that it still works despite looking like the battery grew a tumor, that immediately went away as soon as I started playing on it. I hadn't played on it in at least five years, so I was slightly concerned about it not working anymore.

  16. Y Qisq

    Y Qisq

    Πριν ημέρα

    Basically... you replaced the whole thing except the board...

  17. Y Qisq

    Y Qisq

    Πριν ημέρα

    Imagine the kid who owned this handset watching this video 15 years later...

  18. BurgerFred1


    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    disliked because he didn't replace the pokemon stickers

  19. TopFurret


    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    I wanna know what that poor gameboy went through to look like that

  20. D3vilB4sket


    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    The screwdriver set is badass. Ordered one so i can do some repairs on an old smartphone

  21. isaac Bringas

    isaac Bringas

    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    pokemon ruby, you're a man of culture.

  22. TheReal PabloCado

    TheReal PabloCado

    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    "Minor damage to the shell..." *Looks as crippled as depression*

  23. Anatole Malaud

    Anatole Malaud

    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    A gamecube ! Pls !

  24. Aiden Pearce

    Aiden Pearce

    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    Where does he get those replacement stickers I wonder at the end?

    • Aiden Pearce

      Aiden Pearce

      Πριν 2 ημέρες

      @GameCube Player thx for the informations :)

    • GameCube Player

      GameCube Player

      Πριν 2 ημέρες

      @Aiden Pearce gba sp shells come with stickers

    • Aiden Pearce

      Aiden Pearce

      Πριν 2 ημέρες

      @GameCube Player I see, thanks for the quick answer. But not with all replacement shells I assume because I have seen some ps4 controller shell but not the sticker with it

    • GameCube Player

      GameCube Player

      Πριν 2 ημέρες

      the stickers come with the replacement shell

  25. Michał Lewczuk

    Michał Lewczuk

    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    Maybe you would restore PSP

  26. deepblue153


    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    The stickers ;o;

  27. Isma Akmal Fauzan

    Isma Akmal Fauzan

    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    When in doubt, use isopropyl alcohol

  28. Toad without girlfriend

    Toad without girlfriend

    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    I saw that, that you put the B button wrong at first. Glad you replaced it in the right position

  29. Semystic


    Πριν 3 ημέρες

    I dont remember what happened to my SP. I loved that thing because of the screen light. Was used to many years of needing sufficient external light to play on my GBC and GBA. Now I've got a homebrewed 3DS that can emulate all my old games, definitely my favorite.

  30. autobee23


    Πριν 3 ημέρες

    Man this brings me back, this was my first ever handheld console--any console really! Use to play Pokemon FireRed a lot when I first got it and some other weird games.

  31. Im M

    Im M

    Πριν 3 ημέρες

    Excellent restoration! God bless!

  32. Aaron McNeice

    Aaron McNeice

    Πριν 3 ημέρες

    Not me hoping he’d find a way to save the pokemon stickers.....

  33. hanuel_OwO


    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    Dang I remember having one of these they where so much fun ...I wish i still had one

  34. Süleyman Yücel

    Süleyman Yücel

    Πριν 4 ημέρες


  35. SkeletonMadness


    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    Imagine getting recommended one of these videos and it's your old Gameboy that you didn't know your parents had sold.

  36. Darius Husein

    Darius Husein

    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    bruh what a bullshit kid I wished for chrismas a nintendo GBA SP and I get a fake wierd thing called "GAME BOX" made by "EoNY"

  37. Tiliakos MDefender

    Tiliakos MDefender

    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    This video isn't restoration,you just took a mainboard of GBA SP and place it into new parts,you have excellent and enjoyable videos but this one is a failure.

  38. Thomas's Things

    Thomas's Things

    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    I have been inspired to attempt to fix my destroyed DSi

  39. Shoolima gaming

    Shoolima gaming

    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    Gameboy: Is literally ripped in half This guy: minor damage to the shell...

  40. Cars Restored

    Cars Restored

    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    Me: No way he can restore this Odd Tinkering: Hold my beer

  41. WandaII


    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    Adult man kicking an already beaten kid before running off in a handheld console game... So brutal! :D

  42. you're weird you vape

    you're weird you vape

    Πριν 6 ημέρες

    I cant say this is much of a restore if you just put the components in a new shell ive seen 10 year olds do this on youtube

  43. Shujito


    Πριν 6 ημέρες

    3:08 oh that was spooky

  44. Bhavan no

    Bhavan no

    Πριν 6 ημέρες

    I can’t wait for the ds repairs to come in soon!

  45. Ova Chambers

    Ova Chambers

    Πριν 6 ημέρες

    There was any chance to restore that silver old case from the first game boy? I mean , clean that broken case , fix that kind of clamshell opening display, that one was broken , then put some plastic putty then sand all the case and then painting with professional airbrush ? I mesn , it would be nice to watch that and learn , i try to fix even the broken plastic every time i have to restore something , thanks for this great video

  46. Safokty


    Πριν 6 ημέρες

    Did the hinges and the sticker are in the kit?

    • Safokty


      Πριν 6 ημέρες

      @GameCube Player OK thx u

    • GameCube Player

      GameCube Player

      Πριν 6 ημέρες

      the replacement shell comes with everything except the hinges

  47. haune blogs!!

    haune blogs!!

    Πριν 6 ημέρες

    Aquí entra un dilema muy famoso. El game boy advance sp es el mismo GBA que era o es un nuevo game boy SP??

  48. Lubián Castañeda

    Lubián Castañeda

    Πριν 6 ημέρες

    I have a Game Boy Advance SP (black color) and it has been almost 10 years that I have not used it again to entertain myself because I have no battery (it is destroyed); furthermore, I have 2 cartridges, a black one (which previously had more than 210 games, but a part of it is peeled off, so now it has 70 games, moreover, half of the cartridge shell is missing) and a transparent one (which has 115 games). I would like to sell it some day (on Ebay, for only $5), maybe to you XD. I remember that the first 2 games of the black cartridge are "Pokémon FR & LG". But since it now has 70 games, Leaf Green version does not open (the screen remains blank). And the first game of the transparent cartridge is "Pokémon Ruby". It is all that I comment.

  49. Pt zapss olyl Vul mvby aoyll

    Pt zapss olyl Vul mvby aoyll

    Πριν 6 ημέρες


  50. Natalie Phan

    Natalie Phan

    Πριν 7 ημέρες

    the original trainer must've really loved pokemon

  51. Adventures of FNaF and More!

    Adventures of FNaF and More!

    Πριν 7 ημέρες

    0:18 "HAS MINOR DAMAGE" Top is literally falling off

  52. 울트론


    Πριν 8 ημέρες

    Can you fix Nintendo DS series?

  53. Wheat


    Πριν 8 ημέρες

    Should've out it in a Groudon housing shell

  54. Pringle Thingy

    Pringle Thingy

    Πριν 8 ημέρες

    "subscribe learned quick attack" I can't tell if that was intentional or not

  55. Kayque Pertecen

    Kayque Pertecen

    Πριν 8 ημέρες

    Não foi bem uma restauração

  56. Chloe Boutilier

    Chloe Boutilier

    Πριν 8 ημέρες

    My favorite handheld console is the Nintendo 3DS

  57. Michael Innocenti

    Michael Innocenti

    Πριν 8 ημέρες

    My favourite handled console is Game boy color

  58. TatsuShiro


    Πριν 8 ημέρες

    My favorite handheld console is the PSP ^^

  59. Phoenix_1997


    Πριν 8 ημέρες

    Someone definitely snapped this in a fit of rage and stored it somewhere that obviously went to shit over time because it was their nostalgia boy.

  60. Master Maker Star

    Master Maker Star

    Πριν 8 ημέρες

    Your relaxing video is very great 👍

  61. Norlan Suico

    Norlan Suico

    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    I have a laugh when i saw pokemon subscribe😂😂

  62. Mike S

    Mike S

    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    Title should be, "Watch me transfer the circuit board from one Gameboy Advance to another" No Restoration took place here...

  63. Lupemo Medina

    Lupemo Medina

    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    I repeated 3:56 like 50 times

  64. Chuck Snyder

    Chuck Snyder

    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    3:00 odd tinkering: minding its own bis the Grim Reaper (sticker): ITS UR TIME

  65. HCtres


    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    is there a possible upgrade to this one ? like led screen or something?

    • GameCube Player

      GameCube Player

      Πριν 8 ημέρες

      there is gba sp ips screen and gba sp ips shell

  66. McChicken


    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    666 dislike stfu

  67. Disturbed Pyro

    Disturbed Pyro

    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    What the hell happened to it? Did the previous owner put it in a rock tumbler or something!?

  68. Aurélien John

    Aurélien John

    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    you have a fake ruby cartridge

  69. Noah Ferris

    Noah Ferris

    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    Tutorial on changing a battery on a Gameboy and sp cartridge.I had to recently change the battery on my Lego Star wars II cart as it hasn't saved for the last 15 years :D This restoration looks like my Gameboy advance sp when I got it for my 4th birthday with finding Nemo,cat in the hat and SBSQ BFBB

  70. Warren Wymore

    Warren Wymore

    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    Youngster Billy got wrecked

  71. Vance Vega

    Vance Vega

    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    I'm sorry, but this is not a restoration, the original body is replaced, and even the color don't match.

    • GameCube Player

      GameCube Player

      Πριν 9 ημέρες

      there was no other choice but to replace the shell

  72. Axolote das profundezas

    Axolote das profundezas

    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    Game boy advanced

  73. Hunt3rk1ller98


    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    I found one as bad as this at my local pawn shop for only 4 bucks. I replaced the case and battery. The whole restoration ended up being around 25 bucks. Work perfectly fine too. Steal deal.

  74. Fanimations


    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    From the stickers, I can tell the old owner of the Game Boy was a huge Digimon fan!

  75. Nootles and Bootles

    Nootles and Bootles

    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    I love these restorations. Thank you for the great video!! And I love seeing Dr. Ducky (:

  76. Luke Phillips

    Luke Phillips

    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    That ending 🙌😂😎

  77. norespires


    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    The socks are the very best.

  78. The Binary Epidemic

    The Binary Epidemic

    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    15:40 two dead pixels hah

  79. DMG852


    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    My SP is turning on but not booting up games. It just stays on the title screen. Any ideas???

  80. Jason Goosen

    Jason Goosen

    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    @Odd Tinkering where did you get the stickers?

  81. Nelson


    Πριν 11 ημέρες

    the previous owner must have been a cool guy lol the stickers lmao

  82. Icepenguins101 Productions

    Icepenguins101 Productions

    Πριν 11 ημέρες

    I have one too. I also don’t know if i can do any sort of request, but i have a blue DSi XL released in 2009 with a damaged upper screen and the charge port is bent.

  83. EllisD


    Πριν 11 ημέρες

    this is like CSI for old game consoles

  84. RoseWolfz


    Πριν 11 ημέρες

    I remember when I was a kid and owned a Gameboy I dropped it in the toilet by accident but I can't remember what happened after that though also my favorite handheld is the ps vita slim

  85. Lulu Pinow

    Lulu Pinow

    Πριν 11 ημέρες

    how good is it to play Pokémon Ruby in the game boy advance s

  86. Jeshurone Kalluri

    Jeshurone Kalluri

    Πριν 11 ημέρες

    @1:15 Odd tinkering “Prensets”

  87. boredstudent


    Πριν 11 ημέρες

    I had the original Game Boy Advance. But my favorite handheld console has to be the Nintendo 3DS.

  88. Super Shogun

    Super Shogun

    Πριν 12 ημέρες

    Maybe it's not Nutella... 🤢

  89. Sebastian Grob Pla

    Sebastian Grob Pla

    Πριν 12 ημέρες


  90. flame 030

    flame 030

    Πριν 12 ημέρες

    you should make a website in the future where people can send their stuff for money for you to fix

  91. Kirigaya Kazuto

    Kirigaya Kazuto

    Πριν 12 ημέρες


  92. Xino1217


    Πριν 12 ημέρες

    Seeing my favourite console in this state, breaks my heart. Glad you fixed it 😌

  93. Dannimus C

    Dannimus C

    Πριν 12 ημέρες

    Nice vídeo



    Πριν 12 ημέρες

    Next video: Restoring GameCube

  95. TornDutch


    Πριν 13 ημέρες

    "Time to see whats wrong with it" Me: hmm maybe because its fucking broken in half, just a thought

  96. Khaos Kannibal

    Khaos Kannibal

    Πριν 13 ημέρες

    So relaxing

  97. Skyylar Pearl

    Skyylar Pearl

    Πριν 13 ημέρες

    Great memories! I can remember that great gameboy intro.

  98. user 41

    user 41

    Πριν 13 ημέρες

    Nice work

  99. B B

    B B

    Πριν 13 ημέρες

    Thanks for saving GBA :) THANK YOU

  100. Devastinator


    Πριν 13 ημέρες

    That person who broke the gameboy must be so strong to break that.