An IT security researcher adapted Nintendo’s first large portable game console for cryptocurrency mining.

According to a recent YouTube video, Stacksmashing is using the Nintendo Game Boy hardware that was first released in 1989 as a starting point for Bitcoin (BTC) mining. Since the game console does not have built-in wireless functionality – and it’s very advanced online – YouTuber said he used a Raspberry Pi controller card connected to a Game Boy connector port and a USB flash drive to connect to the working BTC node. From your computer.

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“My goal was to use the original, unmodified Game Boy,” Staxmashing said. “I want to connect a cartridge and start mining.”

Stacksmashing wrote his game code for Game Boys’ persistent memory, an all-in-one mining program tweaked for a game console, and ran a BTC node on their computers. As a result, unofficial numbers were increased on the console’s green screen, indicating that the installation was trying to extract the cryptocurrency.

“The hash rate is impressive at around 0.8 hashes per second,” Staxmashing said, explaining:

“If you compare it to a modern ASIC miner with a performance of around 100 terhash per second, you will see that we are working nearly as fast, only about 125 trillion times. A few quadrillion years to mine bitcoin.”

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Many cryptocurrency enthusiasts have viewed gaming consoles as a way to hack BTC or other cryptocurrencies for some time, but in general, the systems were not designed or sold against miners. Earlier this month, it was revealed that a Chinese software developer was playing the crypto space by claiming to have mined Ether (ETH) with PlayStation 5. Last year, developers at 1. Playable denied rumors that one of the games could be using For piracy. Nintendo Switch console. BTC mine.

Stacksmashing’s attempt to use an 8-bit game console to mine cryptocurrency might have been just an experiment, but he said on Twitter that it was far from over. An IT security researcher already claims to have used the Nintendo Super Game Boy – a switch released in 1994 that allowed the original Game Boy games to be played on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System – to extract BTC in the same way.

“Hacking Bitcoin on the Game Boy is clearly not profitable at all, but I learned a lot from making it and definitely had a lot of fun.”

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