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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  • Joshua Gubuan
    Joshua GubuanVor 6 Stunden

    Did you realize that 1:13 Odd tinkering prensets

  • Danny Jones
    Danny JonesVor 19 Stunden

    Minor damage...

  • NeJwan Jefferson
    NeJwan JeffersonVor Tag

    Your videos teach me how to fix damaged goods! You and the other channel that also seems like it’s you lol

  • Santiago Cabas
    Santiago CabasVor Tag

    I always look these videos with sonic chill music ♥

  • Kacper Kempisty
    Kacper KempistyVor Tag

    Man where the hell did you get all those yellow consoles. Admit you are yellowing them yourself to fix them later! :D

  • Verzula
    VerzulaVor Tag

    You didn't restore this original unit you just bought parts and did the easy route. What a fake video.

  • iPod Tech X
    iPod Tech XVor Tag

    He did a whole pokemon fight. I respect him for that

  • Emmanuel Secton
    Emmanuel SectonVor Tag

    I don't know why, but now I need to go and SUBSCRIBE!

  • Olivia Craig
    Olivia CraigVor Tag

    I love you

  • Oscar Y
    Oscar YVor Tag

    treecko gang

  • anders palmateer
    anders palmateerVor 2 Tage

    Nice! Just started restorations! Been watching your videos for awhile!☺️ Awesome!

  • eyes like the sky
    eyes like the skyVor 2 Tage

    it would’ve been cool if you could’ve somehow put the stickers on the new one

  • Silent K Gaming
    Silent K GamingVor 2 Tage

    Haha, didn’t see that new shell coming! I was thinking to myself, “Wow, how is he gonna fix this?!” 😂

  • Jesse Richardson
    Jesse RichardsonVor 2 Tage

    This video made me cry a little. For someone to abuse such an awesome system. Its really sad.

  • Gien The Hunter
    Gien The HunterVor 3 Tage

    So this guy can also do cyborg surgery :D

  • L. Gyger
    L. GygerVor 3 Tage

    I really hope it was just Nutella...

  • Kim Chi
    Kim ChiVor 3 Tage

    This looks like my son's sp. This video gives me hope in restoring it

  • desuchan
    desuchanVor 3 Tage

    but the gym leader sticker.. :(

  • arclike 2
    arclike 2Vor 3 Tage

    3:07 general kenobi

  • CVBhjfacytb1p
    CVBhjfacytb1pVor 3 Tage


  • Rosemary Dwitasari
    Rosemary DwitasariVor 4 Tage

    14:01 "what's your favourite handheld console?" Me: "GB, GBC, Neo Geo Pocket, GBA, NDS, 3DS, PSP, PS Vita, And Switch"

  • Benjamin Nicolas Leon Ortiz
    Benjamin Nicolas Leon OrtizVor 4 Tage

    el mejor

  • Andy Top19
    Andy Top19Vor 4 Tage

    O my god,this sound...🤤🤤🤤🤤

  • Henry Kohler
    Henry KohlerVor 5 Tage


  • Fruity Toots
    Fruity TootsVor 5 Tage

    Fake Ruby? NOOOO god please NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Shehbaz Pathan
    Shehbaz PathanVor 5 Tage

    When you see the spelling mistake at 1:15 😎 Thank me later 😛

  • Hardik Bhatt
    Hardik BhattVor 6 Tage

    Midway down the videos I start getting impatient about the arrival of the hydrogen peroxide and UV lights 😁

  • Manuel Arellano
    Manuel ArellanoVor 6 Tage

    Can I use a toothbrush and alcohol to clean ds or gba cartridges?

  • Emily
    EmilyVor 7 Tage

    3 x Gameboy Advance SP’s = 1 x Working SP. Makes sense.

  • Emily


    Vor 7 Tage

    @GameCube Player 👍🏻

  • GameCube Player

    GameCube Player

    Vor 7 Tage

    @Emily the new shell was unofficial

  • Emily


    Vor 7 Tage

    @GameCube Player he used a gameboy advance casing, the screen from an old gameboy advance and the innards of the one he was working on

  • GameCube Player

    GameCube Player

    Vor 7 Tage

    @Emily he used unofficial replacement shell

  • Emily


    Vor 7 Tage

    @GameCube Player he used 3 different parts from gameboy advances sp’s to make 1 working one.

  • WarriorOf LightXz
    WarriorOf LightXzVor 7 Tage

    why new sticker u stick is should be made in japan and not china o_o

  • Aaró Tenorio
    Aaró TenorioVor 7 Tage

    You are like the old man who appears in Toy Story 2 your work is amazing. Congratulations. Greetings from Mexico.

  • David Miller
    David MillerVor 7 Tage

    Gamer boys were basically made to play Pokémon.

  • RicardoHipper
    RicardoHipperVor 7 Tage

    GBA of course. You even tested with my first game for that time. Perfect.

  • Brian Lee
    Brian LeeVor 7 Tage

    And thus the gameboy line is complete

  • Motion Waltz
    Motion WaltzVor 8 Tage

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

  • Babycookie
    BabycookieVor 8 Tage

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

  • Derek Moore
    Derek MooreVor 8 Tage

    Sinnoh gym leaders on a gameboy sp 🤔

  • Lakay Lab
    Lakay LabVor 8 Tage

    Good job man! Your socks is the best!

  • Sour Flower
    Sour FlowerVor 8 Tage

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

  • MahiE
    MahiEVor 8 Tage

    14:58 😂ewwww!!!!

  • Saske367
    Saske367Vor 8 Tage

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

  • Brian Marshall
    Brian MarshallVor 9 Tage

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

  • Slax 24
    Slax 24Vor 9 Tage

    Minor damage he says

  • Daniella Gardose
    Daniella GardoseVor 9 Tage

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

  • Bzy
    BzyVor 9 Tage

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

  • Asome Prod
    Asome ProdVor 9 Tage

    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.

  • Boid
    BoidVor 9 Tage

    The console is pure nostalgia

  • Iain Dalby
    Iain DalbyVor 9 Tage

    You hope it was Nutella...

  • Sctherel Dreyon
    Sctherel DreyonVor 10 Tage

    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.

  • Y Qisq
    Y QisqVor 10 Tage

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

  • Y Qisq
    Y QisqVor 10 Tage

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

  • BurgerFred1
    BurgerFred1Vor 10 Tage

    disliked because he didn't replace the pokemon stickers

  • TopFurret
    TopFurretVor 10 Tage

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

  • D3vilB4sket
    D3vilB4sketVor 10 Tage

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

  • isaac Bringas
    isaac BringasVor 10 Tage

    pokemon ruby, you're a man of culture.

  • TheReal PabloCado
    TheReal PabloCadoVor 10 Tage

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

  • Anatole Malaud
    Anatole MalaudVor 10 Tage

    A gamecube ! Pls !

  • Aiden Pearce
    Aiden PearceVor 10 Tage

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

  • Aiden Pearce

    Aiden Pearce

    Vor 10 Tage

    @GameCube Player thx for the informations :)

  • GameCube Player

    GameCube Player

    Vor 10 Tage

    @Aiden Pearce gba sp shells come with stickers

  • Aiden Pearce

    Aiden Pearce

    Vor 10 Tage

    @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

    Vor 10 Tage

    the stickers come with the replacement shell

  • Michał Lewczuk
    Michał LewczukVor 10 Tage

    Maybe you would restore PSP

  • deepblue153
    deepblue153Vor 10 Tage

    The stickers ;o;

  • Isma Akmal Fauzan
    Isma Akmal FauzanVor 11 Tage

    When in doubt, use isopropyl alcohol

  • Toad without girlfriend
    Toad without girlfriendVor 11 Tage

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

  • Semystic
    SemysticVor 11 Tage

    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.

  • autobee23
    autobee23Vor 11 Tage

    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.

  • Im M
    Im MVor 12 Tage

    Excellent restoration! God bless!

  • Aaron McNeice
    Aaron McNeiceVor 12 Tage

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

  • hanuel_OwO
    hanuel_OwOVor 12 Tage

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

  • Süleyman Yücel
    Süleyman YücelVor 12 Tage


  • SkeletonMadness
    SkeletonMadnessVor 12 Tage

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

  • Darius Husein
    Darius HuseinVor 13 Tage

    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"

  • Tiliakos MDefender
    Tiliakos MDefenderVor 13 Tage

    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.

  • Toby Toyota

    Toby Toyota

    Vor 6 Tage

    Have you even ever fixed a gba sp before?

  • Thomas's Things
    Thomas's ThingsVor 13 Tage

    I have been inspired to attempt to fix my destroyed DSi

  • Shoolima gaming
    Shoolima gamingVor 13 Tage

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

  • Cars Restored
    Cars RestoredVor 13 Tage

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

  • Gien The Hunter

    Gien The Hunter

    Vor 3 Tage

    More like hold my tools

  • WandaII
    WandaIIVor 14 Tage

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

  • you're weird you vape
    you're weird you vapeVor 14 Tage

    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

  • Shujito
    ShujitoVor 14 Tage

    3:08 oh that was spooky

  • Bhavan no
    Bhavan noVor 14 Tage

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

  • Ova Chambers
    Ova ChambersVor 14 Tage

    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

  • Safokty
    SafoktyVor 14 Tage

    Did the hinges and the sticker are in the kit?

  • Safokty


    Vor 14 Tage

    @GameCube Player OK thx u

  • GameCube Player

    GameCube Player

    Vor 14 Tage

    the replacement shell comes with everything except the hinges

  • haune blogs!!
    haune blogs!!Vor 14 Tage

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

  • Lubián Castañeda
    Lubián CastañedaVor 15 Tage

    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.

  • Pt zapss olyl Vul mvby aoyll
    Pt zapss olyl Vul mvby aoyllVor 15 Tage


  • Natalie Phan
    Natalie PhanVor 15 Tage

    the original trainer must've really loved pokemon

  • Adventures of FNaF and More!
    Adventures of FNaF and More!Vor 16 Tage

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

  • 울트론
    울트론Vor 16 Tage

    Can you fix Nintendo DS series?

  • Wheat
    WheatVor 16 Tage

    Should've out it in a Groudon housing shell

  • Pringle Thingy
    Pringle ThingyVor 16 Tage

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

  • Kayque Pertecen
    Kayque PertecenVor 16 Tage

    Não foi bem uma restauração

  • Chloe Boutilier
    Chloe BoutilierVor 16 Tage

    My favorite handheld console is the Nintendo 3DS

  • Michael Innocenti
    Michael InnocentiVor 16 Tage

    My favourite handled console is Game boy color

  • TatsuShiro
    TatsuShiroVor 17 Tage

    My favorite handheld console is the PSP ^^

  • Phoenix_1997
    Phoenix_1997Vor 17 Tage

    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.

  • Starfield


    Vor 3 Tage

    Relatable I felt like doing that after losing to Wattson many many times in pokémon

  • Master Maker Star
    Master Maker StarVor 17 Tage

    Your relaxing video is very great 👍

  • Norlan Suico
    Norlan SuicoVor 17 Tage

    I have a laugh when i saw pokemon subscribe😂😂

  • Mike S
    Mike SVor 17 Tage

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

  • Lupemo Medina
    Lupemo MedinaVor 17 Tage

    I repeated 3:56 like 50 times

  • Chuck Snyder
    Chuck SnyderVor 17 Tage

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

  • HCtres
    HCtresVor 17 Tage

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

  • GameCube Player

    GameCube Player

    Vor 16 Tage

    there is gba sp ips screen and gba sp ips shell

  • McChicken
    McChickenVor 17 Tage

    666 dislike stfu