The first month of [WoolyDawg5’s] summer break went into building one Nintendo emulator to rule them all. He thinks there’s nothing like playing the games on the original controllers, and we agree with him 100%. Here you can see that the cartridge door on this NES enclosure hides the extra connectors he needs.
With that door closed this looks like a stock console, but only from the front. If you take a look at the back of it you’ll see how he pulled this off. There’s a Zotac motherboard whose I/O panel has been fitted into the back. It’s responsible for emulating games for the NES, SNES, and GameCube consoles — we’re sure it can do more but that covers the controller ports seen here. Each port is wired to a USB controller module. The cables for these modules exit the back of the case and plug into the motherboard’s I/O panel. There is WiFi for the board, and that’s what [WoolyDawg] uses for configuration, tunneling into the OS instead of connecting a keyboard or mouse.
Of course you could just shoehorn all-original console hardware into one package to accomplish something like this.
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I did the very same a year or so ago. I did as little mod to the case as possible, with the exception of knocking out the bottom bracket for video and PSU cables and removing the original A/V ports for USB ports. Here’s some pictures of the project in process and finished project.
While its cool
snes and nes (posibly gamecube too) use the same type of port its just in a different physical configuration
so i just put nes ends on my snes controllers (you do have to swap 2 wires i forget the colors)
and everything neatly plugs into the regular controller port
i sent in my emulater in a nes about a year ago but Hack A Day had no interest.
Tyler, swap Y & R based on the USB chip you posted later.
Surely there are internal USB headers on the motherboard? Or at least a small USB HUB to save having all the wires around the back, ruins it i think, so very close to be awesome, just tidy up the back :D
looking through the build pictures he posted, there is one clear shot of the motherboard before he mounted it in the case. It clearly shows a pair of internal USB headers. While it may have been even more cramped – it should have been possible to squeeze a small usb hub hardwired to one of those headers inside.
Even without going that far – this is an impressive build!
to avoid such a cable mess on the backside god invented internal usb ports
Hey, just wanted to point out that those are N64 ports, not GCN. Neat mod, nonetheless!
I was going to paint this out as well.
Those are N64 and the photos on the site show N64 Emulation, not GameCube… GameCube controllers sucked anyway… ;-p
paint=point… I have special fingers.
Is it me or doesn’t he say what USB NES/SNES converters he is using?
N64, not gamecube.
Why doesn’t someone offer mini-Atx cases like this?
WHERE CAN I GET 1? i NEED THIS IN MY LIFE!!!
I have a Nintendo Game Cube but with no wires or plug in’s. Renters took the wires, left the cube.
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Can we assume GBA4iOS is also using same kind of USB cable? I have recently got it from Vshare app. Its really cool.
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