N64 Advance portable gaming system

n64_advance

Like many people [Kyle] loves the Nintendo 64 and decided he wanted a portable version of his beloved console so he could play games while on the move.  One year, two PSOne screens, and three N64 consoles later, his vision is complete.  A Game Boy Advance travel case was gutted and used to house the console, hence the “N64 Advance” moniker.  Like many others, his project uses a PSOne screen for the display, and a Li-Poly battery pack that provides up to 3.5 hours of playing time.  He made sure to include other members of the Nintendo family in his build by adding a pair DS Lite speakers to the mix.

This build also includes some nice “extras” such as having the N64 RAM expansion pack built-in, headphone and A/V out ports (with a screen kill-switch for TV use), and an external controller port that can be used by either the first or second player. Be sure to check out the video of his build after the jump.

Comments

  1. Juicepig says:

    Dude! How much to build one? That thing is sweet!

  2. Preston says:

    OMG! I think I just jizzed my pants. I wish I could make one. If I did I would had use a Amtel chip with some kind of linux distro with a emulator installed. So I won’t have to destroy such a beastly peace of hardware like the N64.

  3. mad_max says:

    Dang, 3.5 hrs sounds pretty good. Did any of the other portable N64 builds get that much battery life?

  4. strider_mt2k says:

    WOAH

    Very nice build!
    -and that video? Absolutely brilliant.

    Awesome hack and awesome presentation.

    Awesome thing is awesome.

  5. Jlee says:

    Seen tons of N64 portables.
    Many much cleaner and smaller than this.
    This is what I’d call “average”, in the world of N64 Portables.

    Nonetheless, it’s still a fairly impressive thing.

  6. George Johnson says:

    That sounds like a really nice little project for somebody. I’m not that much into gaming myself, but I can see where it would be nice for a lot of people.
    But from a technical aspect, it’s really nice. I haven’t seen the dirty details yet, but I think this has a future!

  7. zool says:

    pretty nice mod, playing it with the d-pad looked a little akward though

    i could probably easily find out but i’ve always wondered what that filler stuff is to make it smooth looking

  8. Justin says:

    I’m not sure what it is myself to be honest, but I’ve been tossing around doing some case mods or something like this and having done extensive auto-body repair I think light weight body filler aka bondo would work awesome in a project like this. It’s sandable, paintable, and decently sturdy. It wouldn’t really survive a hard drop however. I have also been tossing around the idea of using fiberglass and resin, now that would be a tough and nice filler material.

  9. pierut says:

    Everyone is always like ‘i love the n64 SOOO much!’.. but the only game i remember that was any fun was goldeneye. Not saying this is a horrible hack… it’s rather well-done.. I just don’t understand the n64 phenomena. When things went `3d` I kinda lost interest. :(

    Also, I love this site. I’ve been browsing it for years.. IDK why I haven’t commented on anything yet.. =s

  10. Alexand3rS says:

    Is it just me or does it look like there’s a tad bit of lag between the controller input and the video display?

  11. theTruth says:

    nice fake!

  12. medwardl says:

    Nice you could make money of those. Didn’t realize it was possible to chop down the n64 board that much.

  13. raith says:

    might have been easier to emulate this possibly, then you wouldn’t have destroyed 2 n64 in the process. still really cool though, I’m surprised Nintendo hasn’t released something like this already

  14. H8monger36 says:

    nice i wonder if this can be incorperated with the sunglasses screen mod for makeing the device smaller

  15. MrAfterFx says:

    I posted my portable ps2 here and they didn’t but it up :(.http://moddedbybacteria.freeforums.org/ps2-portable-t1176.html

    But this is a great portable and amazing for a first. What are your plans for the next one? Also the originality of the gameboy advance makes me want this really bad and has inspired me to do something unique to my next portable!

  16. DeKay says:

    Anyone know where to get these PSOne LCD displays cheap? These seem to be a fixture in projects like these, mini arcade cabinets, etc.

  17. ScottJC says:

    How much would another one of these cost to produce I wonder

  18. MrAfterFx says:

    It would cost about 250$ to build a very nice looking one (such as this). It ultimately depends on what parts you are going for in terms of batteries, board revision, screen, smart charger, tact switches ect. Pretty fun hobby if you ask me although many sleepless nights of research is involved in making one yourself. I made a ps2 portable and since it was my first I spent almost 360$ on it. Most was the case but whatever parts makes you/ the buyer happy would be suitable.

  19. cns949 says:

    Guy’s a genius. No doubt about it.

  20. Cool says:

    Well seems like a cool idea.

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