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August 2, 2011

Nerds and Crafts: Handheld Nintendo 64

Posted by on Aug 2, 2011

The Nintendo 64 is one of my favorite consoles.  I feel like it is the first console that our generation is old enough to remember fondly.  The Super Nintendo and the NES were great and all, but at least for me, they were always in the realm of things that my friends’ older brothers owned and I just played. The N64 was mine – Mario 64, Goldeneye, and of course The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time, are some of the best and most memorable games I’ve played.  I’ve actually been considering dropping way too much money on a new Nintendo 3DS just to play Ocarina of Time on it.  That may not be necessary now, however, as I have just discovered build pics of a portable N64 system that will let me play all of my old games on the go.

The pictures show the entire process of turning a Nintendo 64 and controller into a self-contained playable device that looks very sharp.  It is functionally the same as the one built a few years ago by Ben Heck (of turning-things-that-aren’t-portable-into-things-that-are fame), but for my money, this new entry looks much better, and it seems like it would be much easier to hold.  It also uses the original handholds from the controller, so you still have a proper curved surface with a Z-button, which is key.  The only question I have is what the battery life is like on this thing.

I think this is pretty cool, and knowing me, I would likely spend more to obtain the N64 and parts for conversion into this awesome unit than I would need to spend on a 3DS.  It’s good that my apartment doesn’t have proper construction facilities or I would have probably already bought the appropriate goods on Ebay.

So what about you?  Are you rushing out to start building one of your own?  If you do, be sure to post pictures of that or any similarly awesome builds in the comments.