Portable gaming for retro console lovers


There have been a fair share of portable video game console conversions over the years, but few tug at our retro-loving heart strings more than this one. Modretro forum member [Mario] constructed a fantastic looking portable Atari 2600 using a Flashback 2 Atari console clone.

He hacked apart the Flashback board to fit inside a small plastic case, then added a 3.5″ LCD screen, as well as some donated controller bits from other portable game systems. A pair of rechargeable batteries were added along with a small amplifier and speaker for sound.

While the Flashback comes with 40 games built in, he really wanted to add a cartridge port, so with the little bit of space he had left in the case, he did just that. When everything was finished, he sprayed on a few coats of retro orange paint and called it a day. Really the only thing that’s missing is some nice fake wood veneer and maybe some shag carpet.

Continue reading to see his portable creation in action.


  1. Jeditalian says:

    pretty cool. the knob control should probably be more widely used.. mice, keyboards, touchscreens all fail at playing breakout.

  2. dooglehead says:
  3. Mike Nathan says:

    @ dooglehead

    Yikes! We totally should have caught that on our end.

    Nothing to see here, folks.

    *whistles* while slowly walking away.

  4. Hirudinea says:

    @ Mike

    Just call it “Hack A Day’s Greatest Hits”

  5. strider_mt2k says:

    BS nothing to see here.

    So it’s a rerun!
    Do you have any idea how many times I’ve seen every episode of “The Venture Brothers”?
    (Answer: Shitloads)

    It is still amazing and touches my heart.
    (I was there for the “Adventure” Easter Egg back when it was still an adventure!)

  6. Paul Potter says:


  7. dooglehead says:

    Actually, I think that this was my favorite project on Hackaday when it was first posted, so I am not complaining about this repost.

  8. Jesse says:

    You know, you could always show off any of our other mods, including TONS of portables, over on ModRetro.

  9. Jeditalian says:

    damn, had i not missed Hackaday last june, i could have begun to recreate the original comments

  10. cns949 says:

    Great if your still into those old games.

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