Taking an outdated console and making it as small as potential is a well-established tradition within the modding group, and there could also be a brand new victor within the race to shrink the Nintendo 64 so far as potential (via Input). GmanModz has minimize down an N64 to the purpose the place it’s smaller than a GameCube controller — and solely barely greater than the cartridges it takes.

The mod vs an N64 controller
Photograph: GmanModz

Sure, cartridges. This isn’t an emulator, that is an precise Nintendo 64 that was minimize, soldered, and in any other case modded to suit right into a handheld bundle, full with display screen, battery, and controls (the joysticks are from a Nintendo Swap, chosen for his or her diminutive dimension).

At three and a half inches, the display screen is smaller than what you’d be used to when taking part in an N64, and it has a decision of 320 x 240. Making up the shell are two completely different plastics, with the again being extra heat-resistant — an vital consideration while you’re utilizing a motherboard designed to be in a roomy residence console.

A picture of a Nintendo 64 motherboard sitting inside a small case.

As a way to match it into such a small kind issue, the N64’s motherboard needed to have all non-essential components minimize off.
Photograph: GmanModz

The modder is not any stranger to creating transportable variations of the console: they’ve additionally modded it right into a Game Boy Advance SP-inspired form factor (twice). For this mod, although, they gave themselves a problem: don’t custom-design any boards. There are some third-party boards inside that have been obtainable on a web based modding store, however they weren’t made particularly for this construct. GmanModz says that this was “to be fair” to the earlier smallest N64 report holder.

Within the video displaying off the venture, GmanModz admits that it’s not the best transportable Nintendo 64 expertise. However that’s not likely the purpose — the purpose was to make the smallest transportable N64, and so they apparently achieved that. “The battery life sucks, it’s uncomfortable to hold, but hey. It fits in my pocket. Does your N64?”

Photograph: GmanModz

As anticipated with such a small handheld, the battery solely lasts about an hour and a half. However hey, when you’re gunning for a Super Mario 64 speed run record, which may be all you want.



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