We all know that Nintendo is the master of the handheld, but what if the company’s consoles became handhelds? Yeah. A kid can dream…but guess what? Some innovative reverse engineers on the Internet have done just that.
Today, I’m going to take you through a few Nintendo mods starting with their very first console and moving up to their most recent one (concerning the not-yet-released WiiU, it’s a little bit of both worlds, I suppose). Check out these mods, and if you’re inspired and have the ability, we’d love to see your own.
I know I said that we’d start with Nintendo’s very first console (which technically would be the Famicom), but since the NES is on the same generation, I say we just go with it. Over at Longhorn Engineer, we have the wooden NES Portable V3! The mod utilizes a 3.5-inch screen with 5 hours of battery life, and it was designed to be made as small as possible.
As the creator said himself, the mod looks quite a bit like a simple wooden brick. However, we can assure you that there is nothing wooden or bricklike concerning its playability.
The Portable SNES [Broken Link Removed]
The Portable SNES features a sleek, surprisingly ergonomic design reminiscent of an actual SNES cartridge. The design includes a 5-inch screen and a theoretically 2-hour battery life (but the designer was working on upping the battery life at some point). The above link will provide you with details as to how exactly he made it as well as a beautiful video featuring the system in action. Go ahead and check it out.
In the same year that the Nintendo DS was released, console hacker Ben Heck made the N64p. The device has everything you would ever want with the original N64, but this time around, it fits in the palms of your hands. Heck apparently had a great deal of difficulty creating the whole contraption, but can anything be good without a challenge? The device is a little bit bigger than most, but all I can think is how nifty it is.
By the way, seeing that the Nintendo DS was released in this same year, the link above provides a nice little tech comparison review for both gadgets.
As you may know, there are going to be multiple variations of console mods for individual systems. The same goes for the Nintendo Gamecube, and yes, I found a few different portable modifications for it. However, this one happens to use Tupperware for its design. Yes, keep this in mind, kids: to reverse engineer, all you need is an imagination and some Tupperware.
Based on the creator’s YouTube channel, the handheld is not yet in a finished state. Notably, it is missing trigger buttons and features an open disc tray. While the user is playing, they must be careful not to hit the disc as it spins. However, all in all, this is one of the niftier systems.
OMGPedoBear is a creatively-named member of already-mentioned Ben Heck’s modder-oriented forums. With engineering inspiration in his heart, OPB took initiative and constructed a Wii-based laptop. The system can be set up anywhere, but it still uses the Wiimote and the nunchuck. Granted, I can’t see any Wii game being used otherwise.
The above link will take you to a video with details on the creation of the machine, but this link will show you some the gameplay of this Frankenstein’s monster.
As I already said, there are quite a few different Nintendo console mods, and beyond that, there are various mods for different non-Nintendo systems. Honestly, I love the creativity behind it, and I’d like to see more.
What did you like about the above mods? Do you have any personal favorite mods not shown here?