Just over a year ago I took to my NeoGeo Pocket Colour and modded it to have a front light out of a Gameboy
. As I noted in that article, I wasn't happy with the results, and lets face it - has there been any front lit screen that's actually looked good? Well now we don't need to ponder about the tediums of front lit console screens because there's a new item on the market for the NGPC - Replacement NGPC Backlight LCD Kit
I've seen a number of posts about it online and it looked too good to be true, so I just had to try it out for myself, and this was the result...
It really does look good! There are a couple of caveats however. The biggest is that this new screen is about 1cm (diagonally) smaller than the original NGPC screen. Given the small size of that screen already, that's a big loss of screen space, but the vivid colours and high contrast really do make up for it. Second is if you want to use the brightness adjustment, you have to either cut into your NGPC or do something ugly like having a visible copper touch sensitive strip stuck on the outside of the case. I opted for not having brightness adjustment (later on this too).
I won't go into details of how to open up your NGPC or how to remove its original screen as that's covered in my previous article, but as a reminder - you will need a tri-wing screwdriver
to undo one special screw, the rest are just normal Phillips style screws. If you're new to modding, a toolkit like this
is good to have handy.
So the kit includes the replacement screen, a control PCB and a ribbon cable to connect the screen to this PCB. There are also some mounting bits of plastic, but you may as well forget about these and go for this 3D printed mount kit
(don't forget to tip the author 😅). These will work if you've removed or are planning to remove all of the internal LCD position tabs inside your NGPC (I did this in my previous mod already because I needed the space). Alternatively you can refer to this article by RetroRGB
for a different version of the mount kit that works with the internal position tabs in place.