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We Can Mine Bitcoin On An Game Boy, Which Was Released A Full 20 Years Before Bitcoin Was Even Invented


If you’ve been putting off mining bitcoin due to a scarcity of GPU supply and fragile BIOS locks, YouTuber StackSmashing may be able to help. They’ve created a Game Boy miner that requires only a Game Boy console (with a slightly modified Link Cable), a Raspberry Pi Pico, and a standard PC (via Tom’s Hardware).


The project’s concept is that all mining takes place on a standard Game Boy, which was produced 20 years before bitcoin was founded. Of course, it needs some assistance: the Game Boy cannot connect to the internet and cannot hold the full blockchain. To address this, StackSmashing connects to the computer hosting a bitcoin node through the Pico and Link Cable. When connected, the Game Boy executes the hashing programme from a programmed cartridge and even performs a pleasant animation while mining.


Given that the Game Boy is slightly slower than today’s dedicated mining equipment (it supposedly runs at 0.8 hashes per second, whereas some of the fastest ASIC miners run 125 trillion times faster, at 100 terahashes per second), StackSmashing is extremely unlikely to be able to mine any bitcoins. However, when they created a new bitcoin blockchain with no records on it, they were able to establish that the Game Boy could mine blocks successfully.