Awesome portable N64 keeps your games in hand, out of sight


[David] recently wrote us to share the portable Nintendo 64 he constructed with the help of the friendly people over at the ModdedbyBacteria forums. We are no strangers to N64 portables, as you may have noticed, but this one was just too good to pass up.

Sheathed in a metallic blue case, this console is an instant standout among the other portable N64 mods we have seen. As you would expect, he trimmed down an N64 console board and some various controller bits in order to fit them into the case, finishing it off with a 5″ PSOne display panel. A small fan protrudes out of the back side of the device, which seemed out of place at first. However, it not only keeps the console cool, but it can serve as a bit of a “kickstand” as well, if the console is placed on a flat surface. [David] also added a dongle for the bottom of the console, which allows him to use an external N64 controller if he so desires.

To be honest, one of our favorite features is that the game cartridges do not stick up from the back of the case when inserted. He included just enough room to allow the game to be completely hidden while playing.  Nice job!

Continue reading to see a video build log and demonstration of his portable N64.


  1. G-reg says:

    Like it, dont love it. Portable is the purpose of handheld. Orig. gameboy knew that above sega. A hack… yes. But some how I feel jipped that its mostly a case mod thats just as thick as the n64 itself. Kudos for your time and effort. With the case in the video its obvious your proud of your work and should be. Just far from portable.

  2. HaDAk says:

    It would be nice if it had some sort of battery indicator.

  3. Jeditalian says:

    and WiFi! and another joystick on the right, but then it wouldn’t be an n64..

  4. zool says:

    i wish it would have had more about how he designed and built it
    looked like vaccuform?

    mods are cool and all, but, it’s just been done
    i also like how the game doesn’t stick up

  5. Jeditalian says:

    i mean the ideal gaming controller for people with the average number of fingers would have a couple thumbsticks up front, clickable of course, and 8 strategically/ergonomically placed buttons on the back, or 16.. really, if you had 26 buttons on the back and 2 thumbsticks, people would adapt & learn to type with it, like texting in your pocket before phones had touchscreens. the thumbsticks would serve as space/symbols and you could always pull up the onscreen keyboard because joysticks are easier than learning a new typing style.

  6. Maave says:

    Once again the angle of the A and B buttons has been changed. Leave it! 135 degrees is perfect, no thumb movement is necessary.
    Lovely portable anyway. Very good case.

  7. Leithoa says:

    That is a beautiful case he made. As others have said I’m not sure on the ergonomics of it all, but how much can you really tell from a video?

  8. salomon says:

    I would be more than satisfied if I had only the Golden Eye game!!

  9. Amos says:

    +64 internets for use of Forsaken music!

    @Maave: bzzzzt! Wrong! With the buttons in the original orientation, you can press A with your thumb knuckle, and B with the tip. It’s perfect, like B and Y on the SNES. Face facts; the NES/GB/GBA way–horizontally, like this mod–is simply inferior.

    The rest of the build is sweet, though! However, even though I love the 2nd player “pod” cable (it even has the numbering divots!) I think I would have modded an external controller with a matching paint job, internal (optional) rumble pak, and rumble power supplied by the main battery.

  10. bzroom says:

    i thought for once someone was going to have put all the games on an SD card and made it as thin as an original gameboy.

  11. Pilotgeek says:

    @Amos: Maave was referring to the angle of the buttons to each other, not landscape vs portrait…

  12. Stevie says:

    It’s pretty cool. As others have said, it’s quite bulky but I could still imagine myself laid back on my couch playing some GoldenEye.

    The finish is great, looks very professional. The layout of the controller seems a bit awkward but I guess you’d get used to it.

    Sure this kinda thing is done quite often. But it’s still nice to see a project that someone has spent so much time on and put so much effort into creating the perfect finish.

    Good job David :)

  13. eagle5953 says:

    @bzroom You honestly think no one has thought of loading the games on an SD card? It’s not that easy. As seen here:

    it takes a substantial degree of knowledge and hard work to make games load off a card, and the end result is just as large as a standard N64 game cartridge.

  14. Amos says:

    @Pilotgeek: So was I. Where did you get landscape vs. portrait from what I wrote? O_o

  15. iknowthesethings says:

    very nice looking portable, but judging by the button placement (C buttons on the bottom quarter of the case for one thing) it does not look like it would be comfortable for any kind of extended play

  16. Jonathan Wilson says:

    Why is the N64 such a popular console to make into a portable?

  17. cns949 says:

    Sexy looking machine. I fancy one myself.

  18. Bacteria says:

    Fantastic stuff.

    Biggi bought one of my cases and followed the how to build the system from my N64 video guides and being part of my forum (link at end of his video), and he did an amazing job; the external port is better on his than mine, ie neater for sure. The videos are excellent too. Fantastic!

    The N64 is a great console system, great games and not expensive to buy; making your own portable is an excellent hobby and a lot of fun!

  19. Reminds me of some great times. I miss my old N64

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