‘Wordle’ is coming to Nintendo’s Game Boy

Image: @ghidraninja on Twitter

Over the weekend, computer security researcher and hobbyist hardware hacker Stacksmashing (@ghidraninja) created a Game Boy homebrew based on the wildly popular daily pun wordle.

Inspired by another hobbyist who had Wordle work on a Palm personal digital assistant from 1999, the port of Stacksmashing brings one of the most popular games of recent months to a handheld game console originally launched there. over 30 years ago.

Such old hardware has its limitations though – the retro port of Stacksmashing for wordle is not exactly the same game as the original browser-based puzzler. This is a reproduction, and hardware constraints meant the homebrew artist couldn’t fit wordlethe full 2135-word answer key in the ROM file.

“Instead,” said the hacker, “I use a bloom filter to check (with, admittedly, currently a very high error rate) whether a typed word is one of the top 8,000 English words. currents.”

At the time of writing, the port has a known issue with multiples of the same character in a word since Stacksmashing “wasn’t sure how the original behaved” in such scenarios.

The game is certainly still playable, however, and the developer might even fix the issue in a future update.

To play the game on a Nintendo Game Boy, you will need to download the free ROM created by StackSmashing and move it to a Game Boy compatible flash cartridge. Once done, you should be good to go.

The ROM also works on Game Boy emulators and retro emulator consoles like the Analogue Pocket. According to the Twitter user @SB_Singletaryit even works on the Super Game Boy Player.

Much like the original wordle, the Game Boy port of Stacksmashing is also playable on the web. You can play the game online on desktop or mobile browser at this link.

While wordleThe original creator of had no intention of monetizing the game or releasing a mobile app, the game was acquired by The New York Times for “low seven figures” last week.

Seeing wordle running on hardware over 30 years old is interesting, to say the least, and if wordleend up introducing ads or locking the game behind a paywall, third-party ports like Stacksmashing might come to the rescue.

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